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The Aces on Bridge: Saturday, 30 March, 2024


David SnookMarch 30th, 2024 at 6:12 pm


I think I’ve got it. Let’s see if this works.

After trumping West’s club ace, I play a low trump up to one of dummy’s honors, pulling the two outstanding trump. I next play dummy’s now safe club king, discarding a low spade from hand, followed by dummy’s last club, trumped in hand.

From there, I play another low trump from my hand back up to the dummy and I think this might be the key play next.

I play a low heart from dummy. If East covers with the heart king, my ace, queen, and jack of hearts are now good and when the time comes I can discard my spade queen on my third safe heart trick. If East does take that first heart trick and plays a spade next, I can
take that trick with my spade ace and then play out my hearts.

If East doesn’t drop the heart king on that trick, I gamble and play my heart jack, which in this lay out, holds! I can play another heart back up to dummy’s ace, drawing West’s last heart. I’ve now extracted all of West’s safe exit cards. I play back to my spade ace and then lay down my spade queen. West takes that with the king but is now trapped and must give me a ruff and sluff in either clubs or spades and let me discard my remaining spade.

Playing on hearts seems to be the key here.

Jeff SerandosMarch 30th, 2024 at 10:18 pm


I just got the column back today when it finally dawned on me to simply try refreshing my browser when the Ubuntu page came up – that worked. Looking back, I see that Bobby has not commented all week. I hope he is well, but wonder if he is having the same issue I was.

Iain ClimieMarch 30th, 2024 at 11:54 pm

Hi Jeff,

I had similar concerns so let’s send him emails to the mindspring address.



Iain ClimieMarch 31st, 2024 at 7:26 pm

Hi Jeff,

No reply yet – I’ll keep you posted.


bobbywolffApril 2nd, 2024 at 1:07 am

Hi Jeff,

Yes I was and still am, since I fear we might lose our momentum. To get shut out of
our togetherness is just too grim to accept. Happy, whatever it takes to make us real again. For our group to be separated should never happen, even if some of our suggested bridge play belongs in hell. If so, even that to be our fate, should also feature at least a few bridge hands, correctly negotiated.