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The Aces on Bridge: Tuesday, October 20th, 2020


Bill CubleyNovember 3rd, 2020 at 3:25 pm

A very thoughtful discovery play on locating the ten. This is a play many good players might not find. I hope you and Judy voted.

Iain ClimieNovember 3rd, 2020 at 4:40 pm

HI Bill,

Good (bridge) point but it shows the importance of doing homework, both in terms of finding the play and not covering with (say) Q108.

In terms of voting, I’m British so don’t get the chance to mess up US democracy although apparently my lot burned down the original white house during the 1812 to 1814 war. Some elections in the US (including one in Kentucky in the 19th century I believe) have resulted in candidates being assassinated so it could be worse!



bobbywolffNovember 3rd, 2020 at 5:54 pm

Hi Bill,

AYE! IMO most good players, then translating to almost all decent players on down should learn from hands like these, how playing bridge can be just the exercise to keep one’s brain sharp for more years than many expect, if for no other reason than to not want to be embarrassed (at least I used that excuse), 100 or so years ago, while in school to keep from flunking out.
BTW, some think life has improved since years ago any writer who wrote in public would have to be careful when spelling flunking, in order to not be embarrassed, but since many are now using a like spelling word almost indiscriminately some even think, by doing so, that life has improved—“not I” barked the wolf since the world in general with my beloved USA in the forefront, have IMHO sunk to language unfit for human consumption, especially as role models for our youth.

Some even pride themselves, very sadly, by doing so.

Yes, opposite to the above admonition, voting, especially in living in a democracy, even one which is teetering with anarchy need not only more voting, but also voters who take the time to see through all the slime which is thrown out by the media, hoping it to be caught by easily impressionable, less than well educated, narrow minded individuals.

No foul if it does no harm, (244 years (since 1776), and talking about our initial objective for our formerly great country, but total destruction, if it does!

If so, Judy and I are indeed lucky we add up to 174 making the odds strong we will not have to live through the demise our sworn enemies (some of which being just either too arrogant or sadly just too stupid to understand) but being at the ready to add their efforts to demolish what a marvelous group of basically honest and patriotic people tried to establish along the way.

However thanks for your often great effort to establish consistent good habits to which too few comply.

“Other than that Mrs. Lincoln, what did you think of the play?”

bobbywolffNovember 3rd, 2020 at 6:25 pm

Hi Iain,

Thanks for your family history, but fortunately we do not need your help in our great effort to destroy ourselves, since we are well on our way to accomplishing it all by ourselves.

Besides, rather than the relatively small number of Presidential assasinations through the years we have seriously upgraded the potential of eliminating that single step to a much more effective one, fueled by hatred of one another, often by people who appear to be only interested in forever eliminating of what I had thought was a positive environment in which to spend a lifetime of years.

However mischief, in the form of hate and every vice heretofore known to man, is now being used, promoted by what appears to be our unknowing media, for whatever they hope to get out of it.

No laws to prevent it, no incentive to stop it, just a desire to apparently self-destruct, and yes, become miserable themselves by accomplishing it, by making life intolerable for everyone involved or even not.

Somehow we may need divine intervention to rise from it, similar to not falling for the ruse of covering the nine of hearts with the ten from H108.

Perhaps I should just stick to bridge and understand that I am helpless to prevent those renegades from bringing their “hate” to fruition.

Joe1November 3rd, 2020 at 11:53 pm

Bobby often alludes to social cultural defects we have here- weak primary education-not teaching the young how to think, and short sightedness-not looking past the moment. A suggested antidote our host advocates is bridge in the schools. Many lessons can be learned, numeracy, of course, but psychology, not getting flim-flammed, developing a long term strategy-the whole game or rubber, not just the next trick, working with others, i.e. partner with cooperative efforts rather than being the Hideous Hog, and so forth. Democracy is as weak as the average voter, so currently quite weak. But as Mencken said, “the worst form of government, except for all the rest…” So to improve our world, improve our young voters- teach them a little bridge, would also add some civics and history if there was time…

bobbywolffNovember 4th, 2020 at 12:40 am

Hi Joe1,

Your immediately above post is nothing short of brilliant.

Thanks much for taking the time to write it and being so ultra wise, at least in my view, to your expression.