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The Aces on Bridge: Monday, 4 December, 2023


bobbywolffDecember 4th, 2023 at 2:07 pm

Hi Everyone.

If a bridge teacher was only allowed one example hand to strut the learning
of his teaching a beginning class on simply: How to quickly advance to
becoming a bridge expert, this hand would likely be my choice to be the standard bearer. Like the three bear kid’s story: not too hot nor too cold!.

Iain ClimieDecember 4th, 2023 at 4:24 pm

Hi Bobby,

Perhaps a word about the bidding on LWTA. The 2N is presumably 23-=4, 3C Stayman, 3D no major and 4C is a natural slam try (which suggests the original 2D may have been a waiting bid) based on 6C and 4M or similar so there is a very real chance of major suit cards disappearing on declarer’s DAKQ or similar. 4D is presumably cue but then why go back to 5C instead of bidding it over 3D? Something doesn’t quite add up to me at least.



bobbywolffDecember 4th, 2023 at 5:32 pm

Hi Iain,

If I may intervene with only my opinion of what their bidding likely meant in their partnership. Through Stayman is almost certain to be understood, then 4 clubs is likely, at least 5 clubs and a short suit (especially if only a 5 card club suit is held, but perhaps any very decent 6-3-2-2 as well. Then a return to 6 clubs over partner’s slam try (5 diamonds) suggests no more. Unfortunately, the strong hand is definitely a very good hand, since he was inviting a grand slam, not to be sneezed at! To now consider bidding the grand will take more at hand than just a loud cough.

jim2December 4th, 2023 at 5:39 pm

Iain Climie –

My interpretation was that 4D was indeed a cue bid and that West had to find a bid since s/he had no major suit ace to cue bid back.

East then realized that they were missing both major suit aces and took what appeared to be the last safe off ramp.

bobbywolffDecember 4th, 2023 at 5:42 pm

Hi again Iain,

Yes, to finish what you were driving toward, West, with his 5 club denial, has already suggested no likely slam, unless East had the controls and club help to go with, therein denying initially a valid interest in proceeding.

The above is somewhat a voyage into never, never land, but only the players who are dealt uncanny judgment mightily succeed, in this uncharted

bobbywolffDecember 4th, 2023 at 6:16 pm

Hi Jim2,

How about if East held s. Axx, h. AJx, d. AK, c. AKxxx only you would go down in a club grand slam once you got there and the defense got a diamond ruff on opening lead.

Of course East was showing both major suit aces by inference and BTW only 12 tricks available at NT. The opening leader being with the diamond length happened to be a Jim2 special attraction. But you got your usual only pleasure at bridge by theoretically arriving at the right contract.

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