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The Aces on Bridge: Saturday, January 11th, 2020


Robert LiptonJanuary 25th, 2020 at 1:59 pm

A nice example of a hand that should be played the same at any form of scoring,


Bobby WolffJanuary 25th, 2020 at 4:04 pm

Hi Robert,

Yes, and most wannabe good bridge players at a reasonably early stage in their development, will begin to sort of feel their way, especially toward correct declarer play, once the bidding is complete, the opening lead is made, and the play begins.

For those with an above average awareness will often find this stage relatively easy. From there, card placement and then envisioning the ending will not be as difficult as first feared.

It is at this stage that a player will tend to realize just how difficult the game will be for him or her, and whether it will be worth it to take it on. If so, and with at least some natural talent for numbers, a sort of love will rise, which, of course, will be an addiction to want to continue and possibly a search for a regular partner who feels about the same.

In many cases from there, magic will set in and allow some sort of addiction to develop.

IOW, yes, addiction, but at least IMO a healthy one since eventually and with patience one will learn how to read where the cards are and how to maximize the number of tricks taken on defense as well as offense.

Bidding with partner can soon be worked out with only the different perspective of defense, the most difficult part, to work on with partner, leaving only legal deceptive tactics as well as consistent bidding judgment, together with partnership harmony, to tackle.

Then, although perhaps only dreaming, happily ever after or, better said. happily a good percentage of the time.

Gerald SonntagbauerJanuary 26th, 2020 at 12:27 am

After playing the Diamond King and ace i can crossruff spades and Clubs leaving 2 hearts and a Diamond in each hand