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The Aces on Bridge: Tuesday, 12 September, 2023


David SnookSeptember 12th, 2023 at 6:04 pm

Hi all…


After playing thru this hand multiple times, both in my head and on paper, it seems to me South’s best bet after taking the first spade w/ the ace is to cross back to dummy w/ a high trump, ruff a second spade in hand, then go back to dummy pulling the defense’s last trump and when East takes the spade queen w/ the king, East is now in trouble no matter which suit – diamonds or clubs – is lead next.

I haven’t looked at your explanation yet, Bobby…

I just wanted to see if I could figure it out for myself.

Patrick CheuSeptember 12th, 2023 at 6:42 pm

Hi Bobby, Could you please advise us on how the bidding should go at pairs NV: North AT9 K8 AKT862 K4 and South KQJ4 Q54 Q97 JT2. Dealer W. W pass N 1D E pass S 1S / W 2C N 3D E pass S 5D pass out. West held 72 JT32 4 AQ9753. How do we get to 3N? If South bids 3H,would that just be showing a heart feature or 5S? Regards Patrick

bobbywolffSeptember 12th, 2023 at 10:57 pm

Hi David,

Unfortunately your line of play would lose four tricks, resulting in down one, but the column line trades your spade loser for the club end play, gaining the contract trick.

bobbywolffSeptember 12th, 2023 at 11:07 pm

Hi Patrick,

I would strongly recommend North to rebid 2NT instead of 3 diamonds, allowing South to raise to 3NT. When in doubt between bidding NT or jumping in a minor suit, unless one unbid suit is both short (no more than 2) and unstopped it is usually right to select NT.

Taking advantage of the scoring table, allowing a 2 trick gap between NT and a minor suit game, advantage NT. Doing so, is both practical and non partner baiting, an advantage
to strongly seek.

Patrick CheuSeptember 12th, 2023 at 11:21 pm

Hi Bobby,Thanks for your advice which is much appreciated here and last but not least for being here for us throughout the years. Wishing you and Judy the best of health. Best Regards Patrick