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The Aces on Bridge: Wednesday, 29 November, 2023


Iain ClimieNovember 29th, 2023 at 4:01 pm

Hi Bobby,

If West bails out a small trmp after ruffing the 3rd club South is on the same guess. West’s D exit didn’t cost as the D loswers can be ruffed anyway. Even a small trump at T1 won’t help unless West has found it from Qxx having seen the hand records.

Interesting permutations though.



A V Ramana RaoNovember 29th, 2023 at 4:22 pm

Hi Dear Mr Wolff
Declarer found the best line for making four. But considering match points, he had the option of leading trump at T3 catering to the actual lay of the cards for making an OT. However if trump honors were to be interchanged, he would go down only if east held singleton A but prevails if trumps are 2-2 irrespective of who held what as long as east did not have both A Q or is it that I am missing something

Iain ClimieNovember 29th, 2023 at 6:40 pm


Tempting but a) How likely is it that everyone will be in 4H (as there are usually some silly results) and b) If East has a sound opening bid (with West holding, say, DKJ109xx(s) and CJ) then it is all too possible that he has HAQ since West’s bid is known to be weak and shapely. Much might depend on partner’s sense of humor, the oppo’s habits (if known) and also the strength of the field.



bobbywolffNovember 30th, 2023 at 2:15 pm

Hi Iain & AVRR,

Somehow, and how hard I might try to measure up to reality, I prefer conservatism in
making a choice to insure the contract (if possible, so call it very likely) rather than to fly
to chance and jeopardize going set.

That doesn’t mean that I haven’t gone the unsure way many times, when playing either matchpoints or B-A-M, it merely means that I am old-fashioned with my thinking. Possibly because, if I am in the right contract, that is already a step up and needs to be a factor in making the choice under discussion.

The simple solution covers many factors, the specific event, in BAM, who your team is playing against, and, of course, one’s feel of the table. Nothing magical, only important enough to be, if wrong, shot at sunrise, but what is a fella to do?

But, before making the key decision, is a good moment to take time out and review what has happened up to then, especially pauses by an opponent, possibly then, more a clue.