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The Aces on Bridge: Saturday, December 12th, 2020


A V Ramana RaoDecember 26th, 2020 at 11:32 am

Hi Dear Mr Wolff
Declarer played magnificently to land the contract. After West won the club it is immaterial which card he returns as south always makes the contract as he got the count rectified by ducking the diamond. But as it happens, there is a doubledummy defense. Had east refused to win south’s brilliant offering of diamond J. Now the contract cannot be made because south cannot be in dummy at the end of ninth trick and West can have no trouble.( But honestly, how many Easts would duck diamond J
Bridge indeed is a truly amazing game with so many twists. The difference between winning and losing is just one move

Patrick CheuDecember 26th, 2020 at 11:38 am

Hi Bobby, If North knew South shows 5H after 2C should he bid 2N with 3H? A few declarers might have try the double club finesse in play…but based on the trump lead this would be wrong..if West’s clubs were Q9xx or K9xx..that might be a different story but still a trump lead..Regards Patrick

bobbywolffDecember 26th, 2020 at 2:25 pm


Yes, bridge is indeed a spectacular “mind” game. but unlike other sports, especially “golf” (but also many others) it is both scintillating, not to mention graceful, to compare the declarer play (but also other times the partnership defense) as both sides tend to emphasize what they have learned, the defense by the bidding and the up to date play, and, declarer by the opening lead, the specific fall of the cards, and at the high level, the talent of the opponents and even, the time it takes them to analyze, often palpable, before their play.

A marked difference between those competitions is that physical sports can be more relaxing and thus enticing to view, because the action is always in front of the eyes, rather than bridge, or any mind sport, camouflaged by silent brain analysis.

In any event, you seem to capture our game’s specific rapture much better than most and are only too happy to embrace it.

And for that comparison with other thrilling competitions, of course, including all physical sports, the logic, necessarily involved with our creative mind battle, is realistically a boon for youth to learn early in life, since its result is attuned to so many future enterprises that youngsters may likely encounter during their lifetime.

bobbywolffDecember 26th, 2020 at 2:44 pm

Hi Patrick,

Yes, and no doubt, North may have (probably should) have only returned to 2 hearts (usually showing three), but perhaps in their specific system, have decided to first show a perfectly balanced hand with some kind of NT bid rather than, after responding 1 spade and then returning to hearts, leave at least a slightly different impression for partner.

Likely, when creating a “new” system, all the nuances involved can be explained by a “work in process” description.

However, as we all realize, it sometimes costs good results during an adjustment episode, this time an effective opening lead by an opponent learning more about how to attack.

Live and learn, learn and live, say it fast or say it slow, but lady luck is always gathering information on how to treat competitors, always being ready to strut her stuff and have others dance to her music.