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The Aces on Bridge: Friday, 1 December, 2023


Iain ClimieDecember 1st, 2023 at 5:45 pm

Hi Bobby,

I know it is obvious for South to run but he has a good 6 card H suit, a potential entry to it in clubs and nothing to be ashamed of as an opening bid. Yes, West may have the HA and a running D suit so you might be about to lose 180 but not today – EW are about to lose a small fortune. At pairs, and with a partner who has a sense of humour, I’d be tempted to leave West to stew in the sandwich position.



bobbywolffDecember 1st, 2023 at 6:17 pm

Hi Iain,

While all you say has a probability or instead more accurately called, a possibility of occurring,
it, as it always is, a significant gamble to attempt to allow fate to determine.

It might, (I think) WILL determine the result, since the 1NT bidder will be the last voice to speak (therein the significant factor) before he either passes, or has a suit to run to or instead redoubles (usually asking partner to make the winning decision).

IOW, while playing against fearsome opponents I do not enjoy them sitting in the catbird position of power, simply because of not trusting them of making the costly mistake.

Whether right or wrong, and my giving my secrets away will not hearten me to play against you, for fear of failing (a lonesome part sentence, with f’s in every word).

Iain ClimieDecember 1st, 2023 at 6:28 pm

HI Bobby,

OK, today West runs to 2C and, when he cashes the AC North drops the 10 to give him a losing option. He may still get out relatively cheaply.

There is a variant of the dentist’s coup if North bids 3N and East leads a spade to the 9 and K. A heart to the K is ducked then the D finesse works and the DA drops the Q. Instead of cashing 3D making dummy discard before West, which may still work as a heart and 2C can be thrown from dummy at least double dummy) another heart now makes things much easier – or does it? West can now exit with a heart tbf but North sheds a spade on this and the next one before exiting with the CK. Now declarer makes either the SQ and two hearts or the CJ and 2D. Maybe trickier than I first thought. After the DJ holds, just playing more hearts seems sensible.