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The Aces on Bridge: Saturday, November 21st, 2020


A V Ramana RaoDecember 5th, 2020 at 1:15 pm

Hi Dear Mr Wolff
This is the first time I have come across reading suicide squeeze being executed on the table ( rather both tables of the team event). The squeeze operates forcibly irrespective of the lead. Honestly no one would like to sit EW on this hand . And please don’t take me seriously , just musing ; had West not bid and NS playing the club slam, south can either go for double finesse in spades and hope that they also break or take an alternate course of partial elimination trying to set up dummy’s diamonds and unfortunately, both lines would fail today. The bid of west provides for a blueprint for success to south but which West would refrain from bidding ? Bridge is truly paradoxical and definitely one can get philosophical playing the magnificent game

Bobby WolffDecember 5th, 2020 at 4:39 pm


Yes, your comment, at least IMO, often strikes the very core of what it takes to have bridge success.

We all know about the necessity of being proficient in numbers, but also, along with, being a good detective in the analysis of what decent opponents bid, lead, as well as keeping close watch of when they hesitate and with it, the probable meaning of why.

IOW, almost all facets of legal behavior, to which demands constant concentration when either declarer 1 vs. defender(s), 2 to which partner helps fill in the blanks in as straight forward and, of course all legal and ethical ways to the specific card he plays.

It also, at times and when possible,, is necessary to keep critical information secret from the defense (usually specific distributions but occasionally high cards) away, as much as practical, from even expert declarers.

Much more difficult during the bidding phase, since there will be a conflict, often impossible or at least impractical, to disguise, giving more cause for a player with much potential to always being aware of difficult decisions which more often than desired, become the difference between victorymn and defeat.

And finally a comment often made by experts in this field, “lady luck, being fickle with her presence, often plays a leading role in setting the table, for only the most experienced players to get right” and even then, because of the variety of the “tells”, certainly not always.