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The Aces on Bridge: Sunday, May 3rd, 2020


Steve ConradMay 17th, 2020 at 10:49 am

Hi Bobby,

If leading nth highest, the rule that applies is the “Rule of (15 – n).” When n = 4, the “Rule of 11” applies. When n = 3, the “Rule of 12” applies (not the Rule of 10). When leading 5th best, the “Rule of 10” applies. Therefore, the Rule of 12 cannot apply to those who lead low from odd, unless they are leading from a 3-card suit.

bobbywolffMay 17th, 2020 at 1:30 pm

Hi Steve,

Although I have always chosen 4th best (hence the rule of eleven) as my method of choice (at least up to now, agreed by my partners) I have not considered your subject, which was raised
in the first letter up above.

However, you, not us, from obvious mathematical bridge logic, seem correct to me, so want to apologize to first you, and then all others who have read or are going to, today’s column.

Whatever the end result, from this likely gaffe, turns out to be, I, for one, appreciate you taking the time to offer what can be a vital correction and very timely, before, if you excuse the example, the sometimes deadly virus which appears to be radically changing our way of life, at least in the USA, and likely throughout the world, takes hold, swiftly moving all bridge, mostly the face to face variety (and most everything else) significantly down the list.

If anyone wants to add anything more worthwhile, please do, otherwise thanks again to you Steve, for setting this often used method of leads, to the proper specific designations.