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The Aces on Bridge: Thursday, June 10th, 2021


Iain ClimieJune 24th, 2021 at 9:19 am

Hi Bobby,

West must have been familiar with East’s quirky defensive habits when he played back a diamond. When East wins with the Ace rather than the King it seems to mark South with DKQ. Well defended nonetheless.

On BWTA, if I bid 3H on such hands, partner tends to turn up with 1-3-4-5 (or even 1-3-5-4) with minimum points, while if I bid the diamonds he’ll have 4H and 3D, so bang goes the heart game. Or am I getiing paranoid here?



A V Ramana RaoJune 24th, 2021 at 10:37 am

Hi Dear Mr Wolff
But why declarer failed to see the important intermediate cards ? Simply playing A of clubs and continuing with J would have seen him home. Assuming west wins and even if he returns a club for east to ruff dummy’s winner, south overruffs and leads J of diamonds. East can win and return trump but south wins and leads ten of diamonds. East wins and he cannot return trump as he is not left with one and even if he returns a diamond, south is comfortable as dummy ruffs and he has a club winner in dummy, while his Q of diamonds established .

A V Ramana RaoJune 24th, 2021 at 10:42 am

And as can be seen, the club finesse is a mirage and declarer doesn’t need it wasting a precious entry to dummy and playing D J at T2 is rather premature

Iain ClimieJune 24th, 2021 at 12:27 pm


South had been playing too much matchpoint pairs perhaps?


bobbywolffJune 24th, 2021 at 1:39 pm

Hi Iain,

Quick, and before you panic and realize that TOCM TM can be contagious. Perhaps, although many miles away, that dread bridge disease has been known to be transferred (ask Dr. Jim2), a form of devastating evil action to match the positive bridge genius of the late and great, Oswald Jacoby.

Possibly no one’s fault, but some guess that both chess and poker lovers have conspired, in a state of frenzy and jealousy,
to transfer bridge down to their level.

However, there is a known vaccine and in spite of many world known vaccine haters, all bridge players may soon be required to be inoculated.

Otherwise, it is rumored, that those who refuse, will never take another winning finesse, unless and of course, they have underbid (however then, that just mentioned particular horror, will likely never adversely effect you, nor me, simply because we never have).

bobbywolffJune 24th, 2021 at 1:56 pm


As usual, good, solid, valuable advice straight from your superior analysis. Who needs finesses when overall timing trumps needed luck?

Perhaps that losing habit is only done by players testing their fortune, who take practice finesses, only to see if their finesses appear to be working or worse, just for the usual good feeling when they do and later find out, they wish they didn’t.

jim2June 24th, 2021 at 7:01 pm

I confess that Iain Clime’s post did save me having to do it.