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The Aces on Bridge: Monday, 18 September, 2023


Jeff SerandosSeptember 18th, 2023 at 4:46 am

Hi Bobby,

The 5H bid was maybe another clue that West was leading from a singleton spade. Once dummy comes down, it is hard to understand that bid as anything other an attempt to prevent the opponents from further bidding which maybe makes more sense with a singleton trump.

I’m glad you pointed out that the 7S bid was inconsistent – I was a little stumped trying to figure out why North bothered bidding 6H if the intention was to go to 7S anyway. South was unlikely to offer NT holding what North already knew to be an ace-less hand.

As for the hand itself – what a fun-filled carnival! I really think East should have trusted the process and made the Lightner double; it turned out that a club lead was the only legitimate way to beat the hand. A heart lead would force South to try the squeeze – but the squeeze was always working.

I wonder if after the club was trumped, a great deal of time was spent analyzing this hand later on. I would think South just took the next trick and claimed the rest. Did either team delve deeply in the postmortem or just mark it up as an overbid and move on to look at more “interesting” hands?

Iain ClimieSeptember 18th, 2023 at 11:41 am

Hi Bobby,

The ultimate Grosvenor coup sees West lead a small spade here from Q9 alone!



bobbywolffSeptember 18th, 2023 at 3:48 pm

Hi Jeff,

One of the often misspoken benefits from playing bridge is its ability to provide an unbelievable number of hours, when talking to another like benefactor, into the night, with true tales of splendor, fuss, circumstances and just pure unadulterated fun.

And another attribute oft left lonely, is the tendency to only indulge when “happy endings” occur, never forgetting to find a way to become heroic, especially coming from others who understand its magnitude among those who are “smitten”. Of course, we, as writers, are not always (usually the case) of the
additional side factors, but all the better, since we can supply whatever sounds best, without feeling chagrin (at least it says here).

Thanks for asking and making other fans more interested in joining our very worthwhile and always enlightening endeavor.

from a well known bridge master.

bobbywolffSeptember 18th, 2023 at 3:51 pm

Hi Iain,

Oh what a blast that would be. To be there personally, would only be as one called upon to remove declarer’s body.

Iain ClimieSeptember 18th, 2023 at 4:10 pm

Hi Bobby,

Remember Grosvenor’s fate in the original story though!


bobbywolffSeptember 18th, 2023 at 5:14 pm

Hi Iain,

No, I am innocent of knowing Grosvenor’s fate or even the original story.

Iain ClimieSeptember 18th, 2023 at 8:33 pm

Hi Bobby, folks,

I’ll try to dig out the link but searching for and Grosvenor gambjt should find it. Let’s just say that (Phillip) Grosvenor doesn’t come to a happy end….