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The Aces on Bridge: Tuesday, June 30th, 2020


Iain ClimieJuly 14th, 2020 at 4:58 pm

HI Bobby,

I wonder what Henry Clay would have made of the current president or what DJT would like to say as his version of such a comment. He doesn’t lack self-belief to be fair but doubt has its uses, especially at the bridge table when you are about to repeat a seemingly working finesse.

Nice play especially as 4Sx may well only go one off.



Bobby WolffJuly 14th, 2020 at 6:20 pm

Hi Iain,

Yes, I agree with your assessment of the long ago quote of a key American politician, Henry Clay, back in the day, 1700s, who by reports was famously in favor of the New World's revolt aka Revolution, from her mother country.

However, if not ever attempted, who knows, you and I may even have wound up being partners, at least once (no negativity intended), although the Atlantic ocean may have rendered that potentially exciting moment, somewhat doubtful.

My guess is that DJT would call it at least close to a dead tie, between his wanting to be right rather than President, except both, no doubt, would and, of course, have been his runaway choice.

However, and the way I view the bridge opportunity with today's hand, when "crunch time" comes, to either take or not take the crucial club finesse, strict card percentages go out the window with the play (and in this case) the bidding, becoming paramount making 4-1 more likely than 3-2 especially since West appeared to need the diamond ace for his raise. EW had already shown that the hearts were 2-2.

Back to politics, especially the comparison to our favorite game. No doubt our current President would be at least slightly unpredictable but different only (in these, at least IMO, strongly self serving days where patriotism runs a poor second to otherwise powerful selfish self-aggrandizing intentions).

Yes, I sincerely think that our President loves our country, as much as he loves himself, and if that is the case, and in spite of his sometimes hateful personality, the absolute love he has for the USA ranks mighty high, at least to me.

No doubt, to each his own, and although the dye has not been completely cast, at least to me, I do agree with today's declarer, and, of course, being today's author, does have its advantages in achieving the result intended.

Finally, yes, 4 spades, even doubled, was a good decision by EW.

David WarheitJuly 14th, 2020 at 10:07 pm

So I received my monthly 5-cigar sampler in the mail today, and there was a Henry Clay Cigar! What a coincidence!! As for me, I’d rather have a Henry Clay Cigar than be president.

And by the way, Happy Bastille Day!

Bobby WolffJuly 14th, 2020 at 11:31 pm

Hi David,

After doing some internet checking of Henry Clay cigars, it reminded of someone attending a funeral where the honoree was being lowered into his grave in his pink Cadillac, claiming, “Man, that’s really living”!

Yes, Henry Clay cigars are also alive and well and according to what I discovered, worth about $500 each, if you order them from their hometown of Havana, Cuba.

To then discover how much only a puff costs, may discourage smokers even more so than even today’s dire medical forecasts.

It also adds more credibility to lighting up a Clay cigar as extravagant as burning a hole in one’s pocket.

Believe it or not and thanks to you David, our site will soon become a forum for Robert Ripley, with only a few still left alive, to actually remember who he was, although not of Clay’s vintage.