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The Aces on Bridge: Saturday, December 19th, 2020


A V Ramana RaoJanuary 2nd, 2021 at 10:25 am

Hi Dear Mr. Wolff
Quite an interesting hand. On first look, one has to wonder where the twelfth trick is coming in case spades break badly ( In case they are 2-2 or the dame making her appearance on first trick there is no problem and if 4-0 with west, there is no play at all) But even now, west needs to hold diamond K , precisely three hearts apart from his three spades with Q and interestingly apart from above condition, if west holds either two or less clubs/ four or more clubs only south can make the contract. If west holds three clubs, there is no squeeze as he can exit with third club. This requirement is satisfied making this quite an interesting hand . I am curious to know under what classification this particular squeeze comes.

And perhaps apt term would be Zugzwang ( in chess parlance) once he wins the spade trick West is in Zugzwang as any move he makes is detrimental to him


bobbywolffJanuary 2nd, 2021 at 5:29 pm


The kind or kinds of squeeze positions depicted in today’s column do not often appear and even when they do, and of course, go unrecognized, their most apparent notice appears when a very experienced (synonym for excellent player) is at the helm.

Compounding the problem in working one’s way up the ladder of success is that often the very-high level player may be thought to be rude and egotistical to further discuss his success and, of course, the conditions necessary to pull it off.

In many other sports, all of which are likely physical, everyone can then separate the great ones from the not so, but with mind games, especially chess and bridge, but perhaps also poker. definitely contribute to the difficulty in learning, by not recognizing great plays when they are executed and only by luck, if others, by chance bring them up for discussion.

At least to me, my team and I are delighted to serve as a positive learning experience, although in truth, seeing something once and then not studying what happened later, is usually not enough exposure to have it get in one’s blood or more accurately described, forever in one’s mind.

Always thanks to you for just being directly involved and then mightily contributing.

Patrick CheuJanuary 2nd, 2021 at 6:02 pm

Hi Bobby, BWTA..Similar to you, I play X of 2H =4+H and 5+ pts and 2H over 1H= 5+H and 8+pts..Your x of 1H and 2H later shows a few more hearts.Need partner to know..regards Patrick

Patrick CheuJanuary 2nd, 2021 at 6:03 pm

Sorry typo error x of 1H not 2H..

bobbywolffJanuary 3rd, 2021 at 3:38 pm

Hi Patric k,

At least to me, I think only one bid, double, should be used to show a good four or more hearts and perhaps five+ points to show up a psychic bid (usually so) made by my RHO.

That, of course, will allow a cue bid of 2 hearts to show the other suits and a reasonable hand of at least seven points + distribution such as:
s. Jxxx, h, x, d. AQ10x and clubs Jxxx.

However, your method is likely just as good or even perhaps clearer, but probably not as frequent.

Patrick CheuJanuary 3rd, 2021 at 4:41 pm

Hi Bobby,Thanks for will be another point of discussion with partner.Regards Patrick