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The Aces on Bridge: Tuesday, 6 February, 2024


A V Ramana RaoFebruary 6th, 2024 at 11:05 am

Hi Dear Mr Wolff
But perhaps, from the lead of club A and spade shift, it is almost a certainty that east holds A of hearts as with that card too, probably west might have started with a spade And if so, south needs only one club trick. So after winning Q of spades, lead club to J in hand. West might win but his spade continuation would be futile as south can duck and win the continuation and switches to K of heart and is assured of nine tricks via two spades, two hearts, four diamonds and a club. And there would be no problem even if west ducks club J. South switches to K of hearts and gets nine tricks

Iain ClimieFebruary 6th, 2024 at 2:43 pm

Hi Bobby, AVRR,

If South ditches the C9 at T1, West may think he’s stuck gold and place East with C7654 from which he might well play the C6. Whether he leads a small club now or the CA, then a line from the end of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner applies – “A sadder and a wiser man he rose the morrow morn”.