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The Aces on Bridge: Wednesday, January 29th, 2020


A V Ramana RaoFebruary 12th, 2020 at 3:11 pm

Hi Dear Mr Wolff
Certainly one can get philosophical playing bridge as this wonderful game is full of paradoxes. Had West led either major , he would have ensured the defeat of the contract. Only lead to handover the contract on a platter is a diamond and after a club lead , after east wins A, noticing the fall of K, instead of leading back a club, he could have advanced five of trumps( knowing his doubleton Q will serve no good purpose) Now , declarer still can prevail by ruffing a club and play for the drop of Q of trumps but honestly ,who will take that line? Tendency is to collect trumps but suddenly the contract becomes impossible


bobbywolffFebruary 12th, 2020 at 4:27 pm


As our original native Americans may have noted, you do not speak with forked tongue.

There are many paradoxes, involving crucial result changing decisions which often greatly influence the final result .

However, the original lead of a suit partner has bid or the failure of East to return a small spade (suppose declarer was dealt K10xxxx, instead of the jack) are only the unfolding of the mystery which is often a major determining factor in what you so rightly mention.

The above only emphasizes the pressure of first trying to determine the best contract and then often the guessing of where the cards are placed (for both the declarer and the defense) as the evidence mounts first with the affirmative bids or passes and with each specific card which is followed by all three active players, keeping in mind that the adversaries, based on their original cards plus the bidding, sometimes including a telltale pass by one of the closed hand players, is up as evidence.

IOW, in effect a detective story, not to mention possible intentionally misleading plays or leads, where the same term is used both in crime work and/or while playing bridge.

No doubt a major challenge, but for the ultra hooked player, (you and I as good examples) it may be difficult to imagine a life without it.

And, while taking the liberty of speaking for you, a significant loss for both, if this wonderful
game had never been introduced to us.