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The Aces on Bridge: Friday, December 25th, 2020


A V Ramana RaoJanuary 8th, 2021 at 11:43 am

Hi Dear Mr Wolff
Perhaps after cashing heart A at trick two, south can lead a low diamond to Q . If east ( or even west ) wins K, south has tempo to draw trumps and makes twelve tricks comfortably. And if east ducks, south wins, leads diamond to A and takes ruffing finesse in diamonds again making twelve tricks without any problem.

Bobby WolffJanuary 8th, 2021 at 2:39 pm


I certainly agree, that after finding where the trumps are, that your simple line of play is better than declarers.

However, like Jim2, my head would hurt if I had to think it clear through, but thanks for simplifying.

A V Ramana RaoJanuary 8th, 2021 at 3:32 pm

Hi Dear Mr Wolff
Thanks and on further reflection, we can see that if trumps broke 1-3 With east holding Q or even 2-2 , south would have a nasty guess on second round and if he guesses wrongly, he would go down if diamond K is wrongly placed. Paradoxically bad trump break is good for south. A Philosophic touch indeed. Sure, playing Bridge, even a seasoned atheist would start believing

Bobby WolffJanuary 8th, 2021 at 4:28 pm


Could directly lead to another popular parable, “God’s at his bridge table, all is right with the world”.

jim2January 8th, 2021 at 5:45 pm

I would comment but I am still searching for the ibuprofen.

A V Ramana RaoJanuary 9th, 2021 at 4:42 am

Hi Jim2
Lavendar / Eucalyptus oil may be better options. Ibuprofen after all may have side effects!!!