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The Aces on Bridge: Thursday, June 11th, 2020


jim2June 25th, 2020 at 12:35 pm

South’s opening bid reminded me of a line in Victor Mollo’s _Bridge in the Menagerie_.

There, the author is explaining why the Hideous Hog opened the bidding with the minor suit in which he had no stopper. He said it was a preparatory bid for 3N, to avert a lead in that suit.

He went on to say this was quite usual among hand-hogs, saying something like:

“When Hog cuts Hog [in high stakes rubber bridge], one will snort to the other,’Weaker minor of course.’ “

bobbywolffJune 25th, 2020 at 3:11 pm

Hi Jim2,

Your story confirms how the great Victor Mollo maintained his remarkable consistency in describing his character’s bridge identify.

However, at least to me, it was not so much being a hand hog (although close), but rather an attempt from the very beginning of creating a culture of cunning rather than, at least to him (and I basically agree) which, in effect, had more of a winning style than the seemingly more partner sensible opening of one club.

In truth that creepy, crawly opening bidder traded a more likely wrong opening lead from partner (if such would become the case) for a more confusing assessment to those despicable oppponents , should that opener become the declarer.

And of course, it was then followed up with a bit of characteristic optimism (completing the ruse ) by the decision of rebidding 2NT rather than the expected sane sign-off of 3 diamonds.