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The Aces on Bridge: Saturday, December 5th, 2020


A V Ramana RaoDecember 19th, 2020 at 2:51 pm

Hi Dear Mr Wolff
A delightful deal and the wisdom of Besse manifested in full when he played low spade to nine in dummy. It is clear that he must have planned the smother play then itself taking into consideration that the diamonds do not break. If J or eight is played and if west covers, south prevails as he can ruff third heart and draw trumps but West does not cover and the elegant smother play disappears as west can ruff East’s return with seven and score W of spades. Great foresight. Kudos

A V Ramana RaoDecember 19th, 2020 at 2:54 pm

Score Q of spades ( Q and W are adjacent on the keyboard)

bobbywolffDecember 19th, 2020 at 4:35 pm


Particular and larger kudos to you for recognizing the technical name reserved for this type of play or would you rather have it mentioned “smother time”.

Will there ever develop a date to which bridge will graduate to even a college elective, allowing the incredible numeric logic of the game to reach many willing students?

If so, the USA may or may not be a very intelligent contributor to “making it happen”.

If so the ACBL needs to prove their worth by, at the very least, mightily attempt to get it done.