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The Aces on Bridge: Wednesday, November 11th, 2020


David WarheitNovember 25th, 2020 at 10:18 am

In BWTA, W may choose to double or to bid, but as you cleverly point out, this is a very bid either/oar choice.

On the main hand, instead of leading the DK at trick 4, S could lead a small D, hoping of course that W would duck. What do you think of this play? I suppose your answer might very well depend on what you know about W.

David WarheitNovember 25th, 2020 at 10:30 am

Oops, seems like I made a very bid, uh I mean bad, choice of words, but thanks for thinking that I was just trying to make as many puns as possible.

A V Ramana RaoNovember 25th, 2020 at 10:44 am

Hi David and dear Mr Wolff
Hope our host does not mind. By leading low diamond, south needs specifically West to hold diamond A. Based on bidding, this is a possibility yet, he may hold spade K insted of diamond A. ( He might have led spade K then, but bidding indicates a trump lead) But by leading K of diamonds south gains entry to dummy if that card is captured
And perhaps south may not make the contract by ducking heart after trump lead as West wins first heart and fires trump and if south leads a heart now, east wins and returns his trump killing the contract

Bill CubleyNovember 25th, 2020 at 3:24 pm

Happy Thanksgiving to the Wolves.

Iain ClimieNovember 25th, 2020 at 3:26 pm

HI David,

On your suggested line , presumably West should read South as having either DQ10xx or KQx(x) to play like this so rising with the Ace can gain but can’t cost in such cases. I suspect I’d have lamely played small as West (2nd hand low, slogans beat thinking) and South succeeds; ducking the DK us somewhat easier.

Sorry, but I can’t resist the extra pun from the other typo – was the “oar” trying to trigger a row with partner. Terrible, I know.

I hope you’re keeping well,


Bobby WolffNovember 25th, 2020 at 5:17 pm

Hi David,

Today is the day BEFORE Thanksgiving so leave the buns, I mean puns, in the oven.

A clever West may regard a low diamond with suspicion, but if you lead a high one from hand, he is sure to take it, since the dummy has already informed him he has made the right choice of lead and, of course, then follow it up.

Yes you are between a rock and a hard place, so might as well hope for a sleepy West and lead a small one, or perhaps just allowing the small diamond to fall out of your hand, and when playing against ultra fair opponents who insist on allowing you to take it back, merely insist you will not, because you are, above all, a rules follower, (but, of course, also a “con” man).

It will help by practicing up on allowing a card to fall out of one’s hand. It took me months to master it.

Bobby WolffNovember 25th, 2020 at 5:25 pm


No, I will never mind you answering instead of me, since think of all the paper I save by not having to waste it and when and if you are ever wrong, instead of me, my newspaper bosses will not be as likely to get rid of me.

Bobby WolffNovember 25th, 2020 at 5:30 pm

Hi Bill,

And the same back to you and yours, with the hope that within too many more years we’ll be back to normal.

The trick in all this, is to appreciate normal, but everyone needs to still stay safe.

Bobby WolffNovember 25th, 2020 at 5:41 pm

Hi Iain,

Without checking the dictionary I will believe that the word, “row” has almost a page full of different meanings.

And you could have done worse, if, with a cockney accent, you called a lady an “oar”, but if you had. I would think it too late for you to stay safe. making catching the virus, in comparison, a picnic.