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The Aces on Bridge: Friday, September 18th, 2020


David WarheitOctober 2nd, 2020 at 10:56 am

Notice that if the C4 & C3 are switched, declarer cannot play the C for 4 tricks. So shouldn’t N get a nomination for the junior award for recognizing the power of his C4?

Note also that if W leads anything but a H (even either the S10 or S7, but who would lead either of those cards?), S cannot make his contract.

Bobby WolffOctober 2nd, 2020 at 3:25 pm

Hi David,

Thanks for discussing to what I think are one of the allures of our great game, the specific value of spot cards, leading to the making or breaking of key contracts.

By your pointing out the powerful difference between a random three and four you nailed it.

Of course, by accepting that challenge and adding the maturation of an arithmetical mind is certainly where its at, then adding the way to concentrate on the larger than expected number of hands which require that talent for success (in several different ways) it becomes easier to explain what it takes to eventually, if not sooner, to challenge the world with the game’s beauty as a backdrop.

Just another reason to add the teaching of bridge in our primary schools and educational system like what is done in much of Europe and all of China. Compare learning simple math by playing a most sophisticated game well, rather than the humdrum and relatively not fun way we do it now.

One would think, that by 2020, our country would have, should already have, incorporated that necessary curriculum, but for whatever reason, possibly the anti-gambling religious connection, card playing has been thought to be associated with, has materially stunted our country’s educational sophistication.

Thanks for your post!