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The Aces on Bridge: Sunday, September 6th, 2020


Steven R ConradSeptember 20th, 2020 at 11:42 am

What an interesting question Josephine asked. Perhaps a convention can be named after her.

Steven ConradSeptember 20th, 2020 at 11:45 am

Another way I have used a Lightner double of a lower level contract is when I have pre-empted and then I double (for a lead of dummy’s first bid suit)

Bill CubleySeptember 20th, 2020 at 2:35 pm


In all my years of playing only once did the GSF cone up. Partner opened 1H. I held
S AKQJ3 H AJx ,D Axx C Axx so I bid 5NT. He replied 6H. Finally I bid 7NT after wondering how could open without the H KQ He held H KQTxxx. Nothing like a partnership of a quarter century plus to pick the only sequence which could be wrong!

I askem why he gave the wron answer and he said he opened an aceless hand. But I did not ask for aces.

bobbywolffSeptember 20th, 2020 at 4:45 pm

Hi Steve,

Yes Josephine’s question is a good one and with a certain reluctance to try methods which can be detrimentally mistreated.

Perhaps the second part of the above paragraph might be exaggerated to emphasize a Josephine dilemma.

Finally, perhaps a coincidence that Ely Culbertson, the first successful bridge promoter of the 20th century had a well-known wife, who doubled as his bridge partner with her first name also Josephine and got some credit for the version which asked for two of the three top honors, (ace, king or queen).

bobbywolffSeptember 20th, 2020 at 4:51 pm

Hi Bill,

Como estow ustead?

Could be a foreign language, but also a bridge name or question.

I’m not sure about the above spelling, but rather more certain that bridge partnerships need to rid themselves of conventions they either do not know or as bad or worse, forgotten.

Hope all is well with you, especially your Spanish!