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The Aces on Bridge: Monday, November 9th, 2020


David WarheitNovember 23rd, 2020 at 10:46 am

I note that EW have a good save (V vs NV!) at 6C. Any way to get there?

David WarheitNovember 23rd, 2020 at 10:59 am

It’s late, of course. I meant 7C.

Bobby WolffNovember 23rd, 2020 at 3:27 pm

Hi David,

You. of course, made a correct and valid observation.

We tried, and likely accomplished, at least in some respect, what all bridge writers fear but sometimes provoke when attempting to discuss an unrelated byproduct which sometimes intervenes with the major subject.

We made only EW vulnerable and disdained a strong two opening by South (no doubt, an alternative beginning) so that we could get North to preempt to the 4 spade level instead of first responding two of whatever NS’s system dictated.

Reason, again of course, to keep even a vulnerable East from sneaking into the bidding at the 3 level instead of his unlikely vulnerable vs. not, dangerous eleven trick contract. 5 clubs.

That effort might stop even an aggressive East from doing so, but not a supremely talented expert from wondering why and if, he should have chanced it.

IOW, we are aware of such things, but trying to avoid discussing them, mainly because of space strictures, but also taking away some of the thought process from the main discussion, critical declarer play at the slam level.

Your query does represent what probably happens more often than most of us realize, the sheer luck involved, often in bridge, but also in life itself, of sometimes and out of the blue, an unusual event occurs, which has a major effect on someone’s entire life, but at that specific time no one could possibly identify it as anything worth even thinking about, much less worrying about.

In any event, all bridge writers (I think) try to hide extraneous subjects for whatever reason they think vital, but, of course, and as usual we could not get what you mentioned (with no good answer by us) by your keen (and impressive) awareness.

Not to mention a possible lazy construction of the EW cards to satisfy our intent, with what you propose, not being “in the cards”

David WarheitNovember 23rd, 2020 at 7:56 pm

Thank you for your thoughtful response. I would note that besides stacking the bidding, as you pointed out, S was carefully made the dealer and EW mere deprived of the CK, which might have made a difference if either E or W, especially E, was blessed with same. You may not feel so complimented for such talents, but you join Charles Dickens who half wrote The Mystery of Edwin Drood before he died, and to this day no one knows the answer to the mystery.

Bobby WolffNovember 23rd, 2020 at 9:02 pm

It may be rude to not know the mystery of Drood. but the Dickens you say, it was not in his day.