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The Aces on Bridge: Tuesday, 16 April, 2024


Iain ClimieApril 16th, 2024 at 1:39 pm

Hi Bobby,

Just as well South didn’t decide to “take the money” off 2H doubles. ON DA and another lead, dummy wins, plays SAQ ruffing out South’s KIng and leads a club to the K for a D discard, just losing 3 trumps and 2 minor suit aces. Unless North leads a club and declarer decides not to rise with the K, the potential loss from 3N – 2 starts to look like a real bargain here.

East failing to rise with the CK does seem culpable but life is always easy without pressure and (especially) with the sight of all 52 cards.



bobbywolffApril 16th, 2024 at 2:09 pm

Hi Iain,

In a rare moment of tending with my computer as you, umpteen miles away, have raised
a subject, extremely worth considering.

While doubling hyper aggressive opponents can be tempting at B-A-M and matchpoint play
it often becomes a winner-take-all situation at rubber bridge and total points. Continuing, when defensive length is NOT held with trumps while defending, that seems to be the chilling point in whether or not to venture in that direction.

So without belaboring the above subject, I definitely agree with you on the folly of, while holding the AKJ of the opponents trump suit, but not having, at the very least, a 4th one that you, do not possess, should keep you well aware of the eminent danger of “going for the kill”, since it almost too likely will be, but instead, your partnership to suffer the same fate as the player, according to today’s quote, who just struck gold, but instead of looking and being sheepish, have aroused partner’s enmity with his dagger like look.