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The Aces on Bridge: Tuesday, December 8th, 2020


A V Ramana RaoDecember 22nd, 2020 at 10:40 am

Hi Dear Mr Wolff
Perhaps the glitch is yet to be resolved. My suggestion if acceptable is : copy the column and post in comments box as it appears that as far as the comments box is concerned, everything appears to be fine

Bruce MastonDecember 22nd, 2020 at 2:03 pm

The column itself is and image file with .png extension, but the path to the file on the server doesn’t work. Somebody relocated the file, or the directory structure has been changed. Also could be file type of image has been changed from .png to .jpg, etc. Could also be a problem with permisssions.

Richard HamjeDecember 22nd, 2020 at 3:40 pm

It looks to me like the image file with the column is empty or internally corrupted. It you go to you will see Saturday’s column. Incrementing the name to ace201206.png shows you Sunday’s. Incrementing to ace201207.png fails. So the folder structure is okay else we wouldn’t see any columns. It appears that the correctly named file exists in the correct place (no 404 error) but there is no content to render.

bobbywolffDecember 22nd, 2020 at 4:25 pm


You certainly appear to be either right or at the very least, close to being on target.

The problem appears to involve itself with a somewhat lack of responsibility by us, together with, apologetically for 1. being unable to get in touch with main actors who were doing their jobs up to now and 2. together with Judy and I not having a daily copy of the appropriate column available to provide, nor the ability and know how to simply copy the column for show.

No doubt we are not as organized as we need to be, which is evident by our lack of ability to carry on despite these distractions.

However, both Judy and I are optimistic we will be able to return to normal soon, but, and of course, apologize for the inconvenience we have caused.

Thanks for caring and “aside from that Mrs. Lincoln, what did you think of the play”.

bobbywolffDecember 22nd, 2020 at 4:42 pm

Hi Bruce,

No doubt you are ultra knowledgeable about the type of computer problem(s) which have challenged us.

To say Judy and I are not, is a significant underbid.

As I tried to indicate with my immediately above response to AVRR, we are trying in two different ways, (phones and emails) to locate our trail of
incompetence and destruction, leaving Judy and I very apologetic to all our loyal followers and by now and no doubt, very good friends.

Perhaps the holiday season, possibly plus the pandemic, has caused unpredictable absences from key people involved in their daily responsibilities making our task more difficult than before.

In any event, much thanks for your learned effort to help us. Unfortunately for all of us, Judy and I need (as we always have relied) significant help from others.

In any event stay safe, and much thanks for your undoubtedly great effort to right the wrong, but unfortunately my specialty is sadly much different than these types of glitches.

John DundasDecember 22nd, 2020 at 5:23 pm

Thanks for the opportunity to voice my support for your bridge columns. For those of us who have loved the game, the column is a refuge, a moment of sanity and delight.
Blessed be those who provide it.
Cursed be those who withhold it.
Stay well, & thank you, John Dundas, Williamstown, MA

Please do not send me vacuous emails (your call)

PeteDecember 22nd, 2020 at 11:30 pm

Hi Bobby,
Another question for you and Iain. Bidding goes 1C (P) 1S (P) 2N (P). We are playing NMF so 3D would be forcing. Is 3C also a force? We don’t play the Wolff Signoff. In the old days before NMF 3C would have been forcing. I don’t know about now. Thanks.

bobbywolffDecember 23rd, 2020 at 2:07 am

Hi Pete,

Your have asked yourself a question so you might as well answer it.

Would you prefer to play an artificial ask to sign off at the three level or would you rather have an extra bid at your disposal, forcing, but limited in scope.

All you have to do is decide on what you (and possibly your partner) decide on which effort tickles your fancy and then go that direction.

Not an unheard of thing for experienced bridge players to so choose.

Good luck and may your choice appear more often than the one you did not choose.

Do not think I am being cagey about my question since I receive very little commission from the players (GOD bless them) who go with WSO.

Iain ClimieDecember 23rd, 2020 at 12:16 pm

HI Pete,

Given the 2N rebid is 18-19, a non-forcing 3C bid would probably be something like Axxx x xxx Jxxxx but even then 2N or even 3N might be ok with the long clubs. I don’t think there are enough hands like that one to make 3C NF woethwhile although I suspect you’ll hit one as soon as you’ve agreed it is forcing. Bridge mirrors life at times.

Have a good festive season, subject to current chaos.