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The Aces on Bridge: Friday, March 26th, 2021


David WarheitApril 9th, 2021 at 9:44 am

In the third room, East, after winning the 2nd trick with the SA, shifted to the DJ. There was no way now for S to avoid his opponents getting a D ruff. In the fourth room W made a takeout double of S’s opening bid of 1H, N raised H, and E wound up playing 4S. Unfortunately for the defense, S started out by leading the HA. This allowed declarer to establish a H trick, and he made 4S, winning 5 S tricks, 1 H, 2 H ruffs & 2 C tricks.

bobbywolffApril 9th, 2021 at 2:53 pm

Hi David,

While your analysis is right on, today’s quote should have left West with the proper suspicion to honor Zia with bridge king credentials and rise 2nd seat in clubs, while then continuing his partner’s well thought out defense, leading another spade, designed to reduce his king (Zia) to only a commoner.

Yes, if East instead, at trick three switches to his singleton diamond (an alternate play, which at least seems to me, a better percentage) there would be little need to choose this hand for presentation since whichever minor suit ace West held, he would have been relieved of his responsibility of being, if you will excuse, a possible father or perhaps mother (instead of minor suit) ducker.

However, the above could lead the AOB column to an “R” rating, but having done so, might get it more publicity.

In any event, thanks for sharing your always accurate bridge knowledge.

David SnookApril 9th, 2021 at 6:25 pm


Is it my imagination, or did someone just get called a ‘mother ducker’ above?

Iain ClimieApril 9th, 2021 at 6:43 pm

HI Bobby,

Good hand but, as far as the quote goes, we’re on UK rather than England and I don’t think we have a formal constitution. The divine right of kings went out when Charles I (who was Scots) got beheaded although his son was somehow able to see the funny side of politicians. Somebody rote (of C2) “here sits our mutton-loving king, whose word no man relies on. He never said a foolish thing but never did a wise one”. True said Charles for my words are my own but my deeds are those of my ministers. Our queen sadly just lost her other half (at 99) and she is well into her 90s so it will be interesting to see what happens in terms of the constitution (if any) in a few years, especially if Scotland decides to jump ship. “Interesting times” and all that,

Hi David (S) – at least there wasn’t the obvious keyboard slip going one key right… In my more irascible earlier incarnation (I had 25 years off the game) I seem to recall saying “Oh for duck’s sake” (or worse) at the ceiling after various partners had slipped up e.g. the poor guy who managed two suicide squeezes as declarer on his own hand in a week. It doesn’t help of course, and just makes partner play worse. Saying “ever mind, focus on the next hand” while sticking pins into a plasticine image of partner carefully hidden under the table is a better idea provided it stays hidden of course. Not that I’d do such a thing …



Iain ClimieApril 9th, 2021 at 7:07 pm

“never mind” of course

bobbywolffApril 9th, 2021 at 7:39 pm

Hi David & Iain,

No David I did not call anyone anything, since, of course, 1. My computer makes very little noise and 2. I was aware of how close those two keys were, as Iain exclaimed, and, like bridge, some mistakes are much worse than others, just ask Victor Mollo and his long eared friend, the Rueful Rabbit, whose mistakes most times made apple sauce out of apples, instead of something dreadful.

And how many times have we wished we were playing with Mrs. Guggenheim when our horrible bridge bid or play would always be noted by at least one fewer person.

And to now mention my long lost wonderful and loving mother who taught me to not mention in public what then ailed me, fiarrhea but to be careful, not to again interchange those two close by letters.

Finally Iain, “never say ever or ever say never”?