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The Aces on Bridge: Wednesday, 24 April, 2024

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David SnookApril 24th, 2024 at 6:41 pm

Good quote…

I heard a book on management several years ago, and the author pointed out that when an organization is big enough to have multiple departments within it, conflict is inevitable because of competing agendas.

Conflict is simply impossible to avoid.

Now, as far as this hand goes…

It turned out to be trickier than I thought at first, but I think I finally found a winning line.

The key is to either throw East on lead with dummy’s fourth spade, forcing him, or her, to lead away from the diamond ace, or if East instead opts to discard the fourth spade on a trump trick, that would effectively make dummy’s fourth spade good, no?

it seems like I don’t want to eliminate spades too early, or I could end up having to lead a diamond which East could pass around to West’s queen. First I eliminate clubs, then play my two top spades, ending in dummy. Next I start in on trump, leading a low one through East’s hand and it doesn’t seem to matter whether East plays the trump ace or ducks.

If East takes my heart, what would the next lead be? East’s last trump, which I take with my queen, then lead a heart back to dummy to play my third spade which I trump and on the lead of another trump back to dummy, East can either toss the last spade or a diamond.

Either way, East is trapped at that point. Rather tricky!