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The Aces on Bridge: Wednesday, May 13th, 2020


Iain ClimieMay 27th, 2020 at 10:04 am

Hi Bobby,

Not sure about East today although well done by South and North – what was that 2C bid (sandbagging perhaps?) and then he managed to take the oppo out of an off 4S into a making 5H. On BWTA there wouldn’t have been a problem in the 1930s to 1950s – out would come the rockcrusher 2C cue bid.



bobbywolffMay 27th, 2020 at 4:40 pm

Hi Iain,

Basically yes on all counts mentioned. Included, of course with the BWTA, while long ago, with the very strong immediate cue bid usually made by the LHO of the opening bidder, GF and unlimited intended to immediately allow partner to value his hand accordingly with even a possible slam in mind.

Thought to be useful at that time, but later losing out, over the years, to the more applicable Michaels cue bid, (showing both majors) the reason, certainly due to simply, frequency of occurrence and also perhaps, to be even more valuable information to convey.

Regarding East’s pusillanimous raise to only 2 clubs opposite his partner’s opening bid of 1 club (even in competition) is possibly an extension of inverted minor suit raises, showing close to an opening bid and, of course, extra length in the bid minor suit, somewhat practical since even an immediate jump to 3 clubs may not have the desired preemption necessary to inconvenience aggressive bidders.

It is sometimes an useful enterprise to do as you did, compare modern usage with original thinking, way back when, bridge bidding had not yet reached the opportunity to mature.

However, it seems always appropriate when old time tactics might have fared better than modern to publicly mention so and then await hopeful useful comments from others (if in fact that complete circumstance ever occurs). Then, never mind the rancor.