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The Aces on Bridge: Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021


A V Ramana RaoJune 16th, 2021 at 9:02 am

Hi Dear Mr.Wolff
It looks like the process of induction is continuing

Iain ClimieJune 16th, 2021 at 9:09 am

Hi Bobby,

Going back to the hand, one point about taking the spade finesse is that it not only deals better with SKJx on side but also any doubleton King. Singleton K onside is no different whether you cash the SA or lead towards it. Such cases also allow extra entries to table to take the H finesse and later D guess. I’m not convinced cashing 3C early is necessary or desirable though; is it better to cash two, then take a H or S finesse and hope for a friendly return? As the cards lie, if West has to exit with a heart after taking the SK the H9 is a potentially useful extra entry. I think South may have been a little unlucky here.



Jeff SJune 16th, 2021 at 1:33 pm

Hi Bobby,

I noticed that the Monday column did not have the usual Lead With the Aces feature. I wonder if the underlying issue is that the Tuesday column was published on Monday and it was “fixed” yesterday by publishing the Wednesday column on Tuesday.

bobbywolffJune 16th, 2021 at 1:47 pm


Yes, especially if induction includes confusion.

However, if one doesn’t mind not really knowing what to do after analysis, it may, at the death, be primarily realistic.

At the very least, no even special player, can be left without an argument for whatever reasonable play he suggests. IOW, a hand which has fewer boundaries.

bobbywolffJune 16th, 2021 at 2:17 pm

Hi Iain,

Yes, much like a cat & mouse confrontation except the declarer is usually the cat, gazing at all 26 of his assets, instead of the mouse, who only sees 13 and has to infer.

Also, for those two animals, unlike bridge, the stakes are quite different, since for the poor mouse, his very life may be at stake. However, when competing at bridge, it may seem to both sides that it also is a battle to the death.

Regarding the nine of hearts resulting in a dummy entry, perhaps it should suggest to West to choose the ten instead of the eight, but what if East had the queen, resulting in West winning the “dummy of the year reward”, and I do not mean the player who lays his hand face up, once the opening lead is made.

No doubt today’s South was unlucky, however only South might be inclined to hide behind that, but likely his partner might use another word or words for description.

Iain ClimieJune 16th, 2021 at 2:26 pm


Something which may amuse – the supposed dictionary definition of “recursion” is “see recursion”.


bobbywolffJune 16th, 2021 at 2:27 pm

Hi Jeff S.,

Realistically, whatever happened is inexcusable, but probably only confined to our small group.

Thankfully, it is doubtful that my client newspapers were even a remote partner in this debacle, but since my home town newspaper subscribes to Philip Alder’s column, I may never know, and, in this case, it is just as well, that I won’t.

Jeff SJune 16th, 2021 at 2:44 pm

Hi Bobby,

I wasn’t suggesting that the original newspaper column was published incorrectly, but just that in our small group, it could be that we skipped a day so the column from Tuesday, June 1st, rather than the column from Monday, May 31st, was published on Monday

The reason I think that could be what happened is that the Monday column nearly always features Lead With the Aces, but that was not true this week.

bobbywolffJune 16th, 2021 at 4:25 pm

Hi Jeff S,

Could be, but extremely unlikely, since there really is no connection between our syndicate and this AOB site.

IOW,, this AOB site has basically nothing to do with either our syndicate (which deals with our client newspapers) nor officially with any part of our daily publication. Two completely different
productions leaving us here with everything concerning our site, allowing us to totally deal with what we present, together with the responsibility to not make the mistakes we have been making, but difficult to prevent.

Also our AOB site (sponsored by Master Point Press, run by Ray Lee, is far flung, with very limited help, who do not play bridge, but who are individually responsible to see that these mistakes do not continue).

However, good luck to us and can be charged off as a tribute to all of our wonderful posters and Ray, with his company, in order to keep us going.