Duplicate bridge results and tip: leading aces and kings


By Valerie Rhead


Last week we discussed, that when making the opening lead, you should lead the Ace from an Ace-King sequence.  However, if the Ace is led later in the play of the hand, you lead the King first from the Ace-King or King-Queen sequence.

This is not just to make your life difficult.  There is a good reason for the strategy.  When you’re first on lead, it is rarely useful to lead an Ace unaccompanied by its King.  You would only do this if you absolutely had to lead that suit, and after careful perusal couldn’t find a suitable alternative suit.  In this rare case, you would lead the Ace.  The worst thing that you could do in this situation would be to under lead the Ace.  You would be very unhappy to lose your Ace to a ruff on the second trick in the suit.

So, you lead the Ace of an Ace-King only at your first lead.  Later in the play of the hand, with an Ace-King, you lead the King first.  This communicates to your partner that you also have either the Ace or the Queen to go with the King.  He will then know to lead the suit again.  The reason for this difference is that sometimes in the middle of a hand, you want to cash in an Ace where you don’t have the King.  If you lead the Ace in this situation, partner will know that you do not have the King or Queen and won’t bother leading the suit back to you.

If you wish to promote an activity in your bridge group, send the information to [email protected] and I will include it in this column.

12 NOON Thursday, Oct 29, 2015 $20 per person
Gravenhurst Senior’s Centre 480 First Street North

Please arrange your foursome and bring cards for your table. For Tickets Call Nancy Barber 375-3620 [email protected] or Cathy Genereux 687-2157 [email protected]

TOURNAMENT TRAIL:  Silver Points, Barrie
One Day Sunday Swiss 11AM Nov 1, 2015

Your opportunity for fun and to earn silver points in a one day double session tournament Swiss Teams with stratification A = 1000+, B = 300-1000, C = 0-300, $120 per team, Royal Canadian Legion, 410 St.Vincent, Barrie, enter off Ferris Lane.  Pre-registration is NOT required.  Just come with your team of four, thirty minutes early.

Seminars and Games for both Duplicate and Social Rubber Bridge
Friday – Sunday Nov 6-8, 2015  

This is another opportunity to continue the learning process that never ends. For more information and registration, go to http://www.fernresort.com OR call (705)325-2256 or 1-800-567-3376.


Games for the Huntsville Club are Tuesday evening 7:15, Trinity United Church 33 Main Street.  Please arrive at least 15 minutes early.  Call Betty 705-789-2560 [email protected] or Susan at 705-789-7156 [email protected] for information and partnerships.  Circle your calendar for the Winter Party Dec 8 4:30 at Tall Trees, game back at Trinity.

The following results are for Tuesday, Oct 20 with 9 tables playing a Mitchell movement. North-South 1. Betty Fagin and Brian Brocklehurst; 2. Bob Schives and Bruce Elliott; 3. Barb Green and Joanne Garvey; 4/5. Liz Barnes and Pat Davies; 4/5. Chris Karn and Jinty Stewart; East-West 1. Jim Smith and Ralph Mitchell; 2. Vern Foell and Don Norman; 3. Betty Rintoul and Bev Parlett; 4. Fay MacDonald and Yvonne Cox; 5. Barb Golding and Barb Mooney


Games at the Bracebridge Club are at the Knox Presbyterian Church, 120 Taylor Road 7pm Monday evenings. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before game time. For information/partnerships, call Brian at 705-645-5340 [email protected]

Circle your calendar for the Winter Party Nov 30 5:30 Curling Club, game back at Knox.

The following results are for Monday, Oct 19 with 7 tables playing a Howell movement.  1. Pamela Jardine and Ralph Mitchell; 2. Bev Parlett and Vern Foel; 3. Pat Davies and Peter Rhead; 4/5. David Bryce and Bob Schives; 4/5. Betty Rintoul and Bev Howard; 6. Art Insley and Don Evans; 7. Kel Andresen and Jim Smith

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