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The Aces on Bridge: Monday, November 30th, 2020


David SnookDecember 14th, 2020 at 8:34 pm

What an elegant solution to a thorny problem, Bobby…

Hands like this are what drew me to bridge…

What a wonderful little logic problem to solve…

Thank you for your comment the other day about the probability of finding that necessary diamond lead…

Funny… that solution is pretty easy to spot when you can see all four hands, but next to impossible to ferret out on a lead…

Such is the beauty of bridge!

Bobby WolffDecember 14th, 2020 at 10:35 pm

Hi David,

And return kudos to you for appreciating the wonderful logic problems, which appear, in different shapes and sizes, in many facets of our sensational game.

Many, on their way to fame in bridge, get their start, simply by your type of enthusiasm for extraordinary imagination, showing itself in the solutions to bridge conundrums.

Mine started in the early 1940’s when a game appeared, “Autobridge” and became popular as a singular experience.

To that, my sarcasm concerning even the very slight possibility of a diamond lead, is passed off as only a bridge joke.

Giving bridge a name to match its beauty, would even leave “superlative” as an underbid.

Bruce MastonDecember 15th, 2020 at 3:16 pm

Hello Bobby,

I enter your hands each morning in Bridge Baron, and play them the next day when my failing memory no longer remembers the hand. Over and over again, these clever solutions elude me, but I keep trying.

In this case, however, the Robot East over takes the Jack of Clubs, and leads a Diamond at trick two. This appears to defeat the contract no matter what South does.

Bobby WolffDecember 15th, 2020 at 7:49 pm

Hi Bruce,

Sorry to disappoint you, but declarer then wins the queen of diamonds in dummy and leads
a small spade, losing his second trick, but then he wins any return, ruffs a spade back to
hand, draws trump successfully and eventually takes the winning heart finesse to make his
contract of 5 diamonds.

Nice try and didn’t work this time. Keep on trying and, if not already, learn to love
our sensational game.

Stay safe and happy holidays.

Bobby Wolff