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The Aces on Bridge: Friday, July 31st, 2020


Iain ClimieAugust 14th, 2020 at 2:27 pm

HI Bobby,

BWTA could be worse – at least partner didn’t bid 2D. Then what do you do? Is there any case at all for passing 1H here (although then part will have KQx A10xxx AJxx K or something similar of course)?



Robert LiptonAugust 14th, 2020 at 5:10 pm

Iain, if I responded with this hand — 1S, presumably — then partner’s next call would have been 2D.


bobbywolffAugust 14th, 2020 at 6:29 pm

Hi Iain,

In spite of the obvious dangers of bidding, it would, at least to me, be a mistake of a grave nature to merely pass and be assuming the worst.

Worry though we might, but when we speak and act with trouble expected, it, in reality, becomes much more dangerous to even assume, minor negativity, much less disaster.

However, somehow I could never believe that you, of all bridge players, would assume a poor result, with you being the poster child to if, in your front yard, there would be spread a mound of horse manure, just delivered.

To the back yard I would bet that you would travel quickly, expecting to see an extra special and no doubt beautiful, Shetland Pony.

Call be “kidding on the square” or something not quite as refined, but, at least to me, you represent all that is positive. End of story!

bobbywolffAugust 14th, 2020 at 6:53 pm

Hi Robert,

Instead of proclaiming that “my father can beat up your father”, you are indeed echoing Jim2, without any past history of the dreaded TOCM TM, bridge virus.

Speaking of viruses, perhaps all of the past months, while during this world pandemic, sadness is invading our quarantined bridge world, causing us to assume our finesses only will work 40% of the time or less.

Instead, we should travel back perhaps 100+ years ago when Teddy Roosevelt suggested to “speak softly, but carry a big stick”, because, in any event, soon the world will be safe again and instead of partner rebidding 2 diamonds, he will instead bid 2 clubs, while holding only a minimum of, s. x, h. Axxxx, d. Qx, c. AJxxx.

After reaching a making lay down grand slam in clubs, partner being dealer, would thank his lucky stars for having the worthless queen of diamonds, since without which, he would have passed and the opponents would then have probably bid to a making game of their own, without enough competition from his side.

Lesson to be learned: “Don’t ever try and con a con man”!

Iain ClimieAugust 14th, 2020 at 7:28 pm

HI Bobby,

Don’t worry I’d have bid 1S first and worried later, unless I knew LHO was the sort of player to balance first and think later. I’ve known plenty of those over the years when sandbagging might work.