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The Aces on Bridge: Friday, June 26th, 2020


Iain ClimieJuly 10th, 2020 at 12:44 pm

HI Bobby,

A couple of quick thoughts here. Firstly I think South has done a little too much bidding and 6S is a bid too far although maybe North should check the number of points in the pack and double 6D as there is surely a hole somewhere. Secondly, is there any case for West doubling based on the HK being singletons?



Bobby WolffJuly 10th, 2020 at 4:45 pm

Hi Iain,

Haven’t really considered the upside majesty of this hand, but now that it is being reported, at least a few tidbits have earned the right to it, at the very least, being discussed, even just partially, instead of what it deserves, totally.

Bridge hands range from being garden variety, whose characteristics are predictable and according to expectations, to a bit of art form, where either one individual or perhaps both pairss show considerable talent in the manner of judgment (bidding and/or playing, both offense and defense) all the way up to hands like today which, no doubt is spectacularly superior, both in bidding judgement capped by a well thought out opening lead and, if anything, an even more adept overtake (for the right reason) and of course, continuation which could only be described in other sports as similar to a hole-in-one in golf, 4 home runs in one game in baseball, a ninety yard pass for victory on the last play in football or a full length of the court winning basket heave in basketball. And how about a half field winning shot in soccer, a game I am less familiar about?

Add the above to the cerebral thinking necessary (analysis of the bidding, choice of the singleton king, rather than a doubleton), when a low one may be better percentage, and, of course, to just consider at the early death of this hand, the wonder of this occasion.

Sure the sheer drama of this happening will pass in time, (it already has), but the nature of the imagination necessary serves to establish just what a great cerebral enterprise we all love to play, discuss, and no doubt, remember.

Thanks to all four of the players for making this possible, this one in doing all things right, adept bidding and off-the-charts-defense.

Tennis anyone?, “NO”, let’s play bridge! If only ftof comes back and the sooner the better!

And yes I think South did too much bidding (but instead, let the winner explain, not me), but since as far as West doubling to let partner know he has a singleton K (how could he be anywhere near sure his partner had the ace?) I would likely not consider doubling, but perhaps I should, to allow him an easier decision (if he agreed on your premise), but in reality, let him take full credit for himself (Larry deserves it) for executing that necessary gem.

Spectacular is just that, SPECTACULAR!

Iain ClimieJuly 10th, 2020 at 5:31 pm

Hi Bobby,

The soccer / football score is an easy one to check out e.g.



Bobby WolffJuly 10th, 2020 at 6:58 pm

Hi Iain,

Much thanks for what you always do, make delicious apple sauce from a single apple, allowing others to better illustrate their contentions.

Now, if I could just eliminate the extra s I so stupidly included in pairs, mine would be an easier read, especially now, since you pictorially included what I knew so little about.

Having a team and its action behind any one individual, such as one’s partner in bridge, is a great asset. Thanks to you, that not so surprising asset was graphically illustrated by your research. Thankss much!