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The Aces on Bridge: Thursday, March 19th, 2020


Iain ClimieApril 2nd, 2020 at 9:48 am

Hi Bobby,

For once pairs (or Point-A-Board / BAM) is the place to be for the result to count; otherwise it is a lowly IMP or rubber bridge overtrick with virtue having to be its own reward.



LeeApril 2nd, 2020 at 12:47 pm

I am confused. Are you saying this hand was not made?

A V Ramana RaoApril 2nd, 2020 at 1:18 pm

Hi Dear Mr Wolff
Creative sparks like this make Bridge delectable. Perhaps South should have moved J of hearts from dummy which perhaps is percentage play but then we would not have this brilliancy. Also south would have been equally comfortable in 3 NT too

Bobby WolffApril 2nd, 2020 at 4:30 pm

HI Iain & AVRR,

Between you two, without being overly talkative, most everything which needs to be said, was.

No doubt simply a brilliancy on the part of Kevin, which, believe it or not, since while at the table, more often than rare, plays like that are made primarily just by instinct, rather than carefully planned, since the rapid pace of play demands doing so casually rather than by fully planned design, in order to more likely, catch an excellent declarer in one’s web.

And, if following the above up with reason, by doing so, tends to show the extreme numeracy obviously possessed, this time by the defender.

Finally, born to, is likely closer an accurate explanation, rather than studiously, prepared for.

Bobby WolffApril 4th, 2020 at 11:30 pm

Hi Lee,

No, on the hand mentioned where East made the incredible play of the queen of hearts after declarer led a heart from dummy, only to then be able to score up both the nine and, of course, ace later to hold it to ONLY making 11 tricks.

But playing B-A-M or matchpoints, that extra trick is enormous at that form of scoring.