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The Aces on Bridge: Thursday, 18 April, 2024


jim2April 18th, 2024 at 12:05 pm

Ah, yes. The 2014 Mud Cup. I remember this hand because my partner was declarer and made quite the play simply because he chose to believe the defenders!

He decided to believe the 7C was, indeed, fourth best. He decided also to believe the 10C was a true card, marking West with six clubs to East’s singleton 10.

The implication was that one or both red suits were not going to split, with East holding many more red cards that West. There was not much he could do if hearts were foul, but he spotted a “safety play” for diamonds because he needed only 4 diamond tricks.

Accordingly, he won the opening lead on the Board, tracked a small diamond intending (so he said post mortem) to play the 9, and soon had 9 tricks for a great score.

bobbywolffApril 18th, 2024 at 2:01 pm

Hi Jim 2,

No doubt your partner has a great “feel” for the game, this time the likelihood of a bad diamond break, after his calculations on the early play.

However his talent is no better than yours would have been, who would have, for the same reason, duplicated his brave, but, no doubt, brilliant play concerning the diamond finesse. However, and sadly though it would have been, the singleton diamond with West would have either been the 10 or Jack. Same deft thinking, but in a strange way, only worse, since the wrong reason may have occurred to East to “dump the heart king” for fear of then being end played in diamonds.

Unlucky in bridge, lucky in love, but, if so, no doubt your beautiful bride (in every possible way) has been labeled as the “catch of one’s life”, not just in bridge.

Iain ClimieApril 18th, 2024 at 2:04 pm

Hi Jim2,

Well manoeuvred to get partner playing it. You just know it would have been D1-5 with LHO holding J or 10 alone with you at the helm courtesy of the Voldermort of bridge curses. Maybe, like actors with Macbeth, you shouldn’t mention THAT abbreviation.

Hi Bobby,

I remember playing against Rob Cliffe back in the early 1980s – a nice bloke and a good player. Always nice to be reminded of old times; I keep in touch with someone from Coventry BC I first met in 1977 and we meet for lunch every so often as he’s moved away from Hampshire now.



Iain ClimieApril 18th, 2024 at 2:05 pm

Hi Bobby,

Simultaneous comments?