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The Aces on Bridge: Monday, March 15th, 2021


Iain ClimieMarch 29th, 2021 at 10:08 am

Hi Folks,

Page no showing (although the header is). Anyone else having the same problem? The Garfield (cat) strip ran a series of “You know it’s Monday when ….” cartoons based on the day having in for us all.



drbMarch 29th, 2021 at 10:17 am

same here.

R S HaneyMarch 29th, 2021 at 10:55 am

Yes, same problem. Not just you.

Steve ConradMarch 29th, 2021 at 12:14 pm

Deja Vu all over again 🙂

A V Ramana RaoMarch 29th, 2021 at 1:24 pm

Perhaps April first arrived a couple of days too soon ( strictly in lighter vein)

bobbywolffMarch 29th, 2021 at 2:14 pm

Hi Iain, Steve, & AVRR,

Sorry for still another Monday with
delayed action (I hope),

Those responsible have now been notified, and believe it or not, I still
have no idea why this occurs and am powerless to seek safe harbor.

Iain ClimieMarch 29th, 2021 at 3:52 pm

Hi drb and R S Haney,

Your comments didn’t show up at first either but sanity returns. If anyone wants something a little more mature (and probably bridge-relevant), can I recommend the demotivational posters at “Consistency” is one of my favourites but an awful lot of them apply to bridge, other games and life in general.



Iain ClimieMarch 29th, 2021 at 3:54 pm

That’s mature relative to Garfield, not the column!

A V Ramana RaoMarch 29th, 2021 at 4:22 pm

Hi Dear Mr Wolff
Nice to see the column . And perhaps east at both tables could have overtaken west’s lead for leading a low club ( even a diamond would work) to take West off the hook. Now unless declarer elects drop spade Q, he goes down

bobbywolffMarch 29th, 2021 at 4:58 pm

Hi everyone,

At least our “sometimes Monday hand finally appeared and should remind all declarers (and usually both defenders) to keep close tabs on each others high cards as the accepted way to better “guess” the likely holding of who will hold the remaining outstanding key high cards.

With most hands, by often early in the hand (from about, on average, the 4th or 5th trick) first the specific high card content and then the original distribution of then the defenders and, of course the declarers, to both the defenders becomes apparent, determined by the bidding (passing included) and the exact play up to then.

Such information usually then will produce a double dummy (meaning perfect, as if playing with transparent cards) final correct guesses in the end game for both sides, with clever picking up of high cards often caused, instead of merely relying on arithmetical percentages.

At least it says here, and if anything is more important in our game with declaring or defending, I would be surprised.

Meaning, if one is not yet in tune, when finally arriving there, will be a great blessing.