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The Aces on Bridge: Thursday May 25th, 2023


Iain ClimieMay 25th, 2023 at 11:10 am

Hi Bobby,

Interesting hand as it all looks too easy at first unless trumps are 3-0. What was that D lead, though? East hasn’t doubled 4D so it is all too likely that declarer has something like DAQx or KQx opposite dummy’s shortage. At best the lead will lose a tempo, at worst it hands the contract to declarer on a plate. It isn’t as if East can get the lead and put (say) a heart through to West having a good holding in one of the rounded suits.





bobbywolffMay 25th, 2023 at 2:27 pm

Hi iain,

No doubt you are on target with your conversation about opening leads. However we are
constantly facing a maximum of words to which we are restricted to not go beyond.

Yes, for all your reasons given, a diamond should be the last choice, but your post allowed me to explain why we didn’t comment.

A V Ramana RaoMay 25th, 2023 at 5:30 pm

Hi Dear Mr Wolff
A very very instructive hand appearing innocuous at first but with so many twists for the unwary. Certainly hands like this separate grain from chaff

bobbywolffMay 25th, 2023 at 6:13 pm


A problem to be considered is whether to want to be grain or rather chaff. Neither feels compelling.

bobbywolffMay 25th, 2023 at 6:31 pm

Hi again AVRR,

Also, the declarer play problem might seem immediately to South before playing to trick one,
similar to looking down to see first, if your zipper is sufficiently zipped.