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The Aces on Bridge: Saturday, November 14th, 2020


A V Ramana RaoNovember 28th, 2020 at 10:14 am

Hi Dear Mr Wolff
From south’s point of view , there is no certainty but it appears that dummy is almost indicating 6-5 in hearts and spades . Perhaps south should have settled for four hearts which would make on most of the days except when a diamond shift is found instead of raising the bid to five level (and almost certainly, slam can be ruled out due to the misfit and lack of points) Even if dummy comes up with five carded heart and four carded spade, south cannot be sure whether dummy’s minors are 2-2 or 3-1 ( they cannot be 3 in one minor else dummy would have supported that suit hence making the case strong for dummy with 5-6 in majors)
Anyway , the hand is truly representative of an incompatible marriage

bobbywolffNovember 28th, 2020 at 2:37 pm


Yes, through my long experience, I have (or should) realized that accepting misfits (bad news) and acting on that, is a no doubt significant advantage, when it sadly arises.

The responder’s 4th suit call of 2 spades, the 4th suit, can have many meanings, including artificial, in preparation for a fit finding next call, but definitely game forcing with, of course, a variety of hands.

When South rebids 3 clubs showing at least 5-5, but North then rebids 3 hearts, it is possible, and perhaps best, for South to only then rebid 4 clubs, confident that the partnership has not yet found their best trump suit to play. If, and when North then responds (should) only 4 hearts (great interior spots, including 100 honors)), South would be wise to then pass, allowing his great expectations earlier, to change in mid-stream, or perhaps better described as late-stream.

Such is life at the bridge table, but necessary IMO to accept our beautiful game (and its to the point, partnership bidding) as a probability.

The bidding judgment of any would be great player then needs to be judged on accepting bad news in the right spirit and, sometimes easier said then done, actively acting on it.

The above is not meant as criticism of any of the great players playing in that particular event, only the result of not one NS partnership going plus, likely showing the false optimism of so many, in spite of the hurricane warnings which should have been up and waving.

Yes, your description of an incompatible marriage applies to the bidding of this hand, but what a boon to that partnership (no one else) weathering that storm, if and when, they did.