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The Aces on Bridge: Friday, 17 November, 2023


Jeff SerandosNovember 17th, 2023 at 5:15 am

Hi Bobby,

Is the discard of the JS best? East should figure his partner for the KD (and most likely five diamonds based on the bidding) – would West really lead the second diamond if South might hold the king?

So, maybe discard the JD instead of JS? He can’t know exactly what his partner holds, but it just seems less likely to give up potentially useful intelligence to the enemy. Maybe South then decides on the heart finesse. Or maybe I am benefitting too much from having eyes on all four hands. Sometimes, it is hard to tell.



Iain ClimieNovember 17th, 2023 at 10:12 am

Hi Jeff, Bobby,

Loose lips sink ships and all that. If East has the SK, given the 2C losers, then you simply have to bring the hearts in for 5 tricks so the H finesse and H 3-3 is the only chance. Endplays are far more fun than finesses tbf plus there are extra chances e.g. if the HQ drops doubleton. So, even without the helpful indication, it is probably better to play West for the SK.



bobbywolffNovember 17th, 2023 at 1:34 pm

Hi Jeff & Iain,

Yes, and this hand becomes a classic for why not prefer, while being a defender, being a really tough opponent rather than a partner who gets a giant kick out of clearly informing partner, but very much risks doing so, at the severe cost of lionizing your enemy, the declarer.

The good news is that perhaps a series of hands on that specific subject is in order for others to specifically learn when which other player, partner or a wily opponent, becomes identified
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