Seven Notrump

In which some people who play bridge blog about it.

Friday, December 07, 2007

Flash of inspiration

For a year or more (though not lately, I must confess) I've played bridge online at Bridge Base Online, which is really great, but requires Windows-only software, thus excluding many lovely people of my acquaintance, or making them jump through emulation hoops.

Until now -- BBOFlash, a beta version of which is available here, runs in a browser window on any computer you happen to have. On Macs, it seems to work least crashily using Explorer.

Check it out, people! I'll see you online.


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When to hold up a trump winner

Bryan wondered: If, as defender, you have the ace of trump, and declarer starts pulling trump, is there any situation when you wouldn't want to win with your ace on the first round?

My instinct was yes, of course there is, but I couldn't think of one in the heat of the moment. On reflection, though, I whipped up a quick example. Tell me if you find a flaw.

Contract: 4 ♥  
Lead: ♠ 3
♠ 5 4
♥ K 8 2
♦ K 10 5 3
♣ Q 9 7 5
♠ K 9 7 3
♥ 10 9
♦ Q 8 7 4
♣ A 10 8
♠ Q 10 6
♥ A 7 4
♦ J 9 6
♣ J 4 3 2
♠ A J 8 2
♥ Q J 6 5 3
♦ A 2
♣ K 6

South wins the spade lead in her hand and starts to pull trump. If East wins with the ace, he can return a spade to West's king. The club ace will be the defense's third and last trick.

However, if East ducks the trump lead, it puts declarer at a disadvantage. When East wins the next round of trump, he can lead his last trump, removing the dummy's ability to ruff a spade, and giving the defense another eventual spade trick.



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