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The Aces on Bridge: Monday, June 28th, 2021


A V Ramana RaoJuly 12th, 2021 at 1:19 pm

Hi Dear Mr Wolff
But Rueful Rabbit as usual missorted his hand thinking D A as heart A and heart four as diamond and led Q of club Regards

Iain ClimieJuly 12th, 2021 at 2:15 pm


Strangely enough, such incidents are not confined to Mollo’s work. On one occasion I misguessed a suit because LHO “couldn’t” have DAKQ when she actually did so but the DK had migrated to hearts. On another occasion, I was playing 2S in a vey mixed standard club pairs with an initial holding of SAQJ9xx opposite xx. I got punched early, took a ruff on table later by which stage RHO (who had passed in 3rd position after two passes) had shown an 11 count so there was no point in taking a losing spade finesse and a small chance that the K might drop offside. So I played SAQ running round to RHO’s SKx as he’d miscounted his points but still had the wit to lead a suit of which I and LHO had none to promote his partner’s 10xx. Mrs, Guggenheim would have made 10 tricks, I made 8. To be fair both of us (although not my partner) were reduced to fairly helpless laughter.



bobbywolffJuly 12th, 2021 at 2:22 pm


Victor Mollo would be proud of you as long as after South ducked the opening club lead which East overtook and switched to a diamond, to which RR had then recovered, and tried to cash another of them.

If that happened, the good news would be no investigation of West for prematurely peaking at the hand records, a process done much more than expected at bridge clubs throughout the USA, (and conceivably the world), especially when run by inexperienced bridge cadre.

And many naive bridge players continue to believe that cheating is a relatively new procedure only just discovered as more widely spread. Wrong, and still going on in many different ways, the above just one of them.

Every relatively large bridge playing community needs to have a conscientious and competent Recorder to report suspicious behavior, not unlike the use of police body cameras often serves (or is at least supposed to) during investigations.

Again thanks for your keen imaginative mind, which, like much bridge talk, often leads to more serious discussions.


bobbywolffJuly 12th, 2021 at 2:41 pm

Hi Iain,

Knowing you (and also me, as well as certainly likely your partner, as fiercely competitive), that helpless laughter could be described as, at least, sort of growling and even a bit embarrassing, but proves, as it always does, how great a game, we love to play.

A V Ramana RaoJuly 12th, 2021 at 3:42 pm

Hi Dear Mr Wolff & lain
Laughter is always good. A helpless laughter instead of annoyance indicates one’s maturity and a hearty laugh at a joke ; apart from lifting up the mood would definitely contribute to good health

Iain ClimieJuly 12th, 2021 at 4:24 pm


You’ll have to ask my wife about that comment about maturity …

Thanks though,


bobbywolffJuly 12th, 2021 at 11:54 pm

Hi AVRR & especially Iain,

Perhaps, as any bridge playing animal Victor Mollo might create, one can camouflage maturity and instead get Iain’s wife to go along with, if there was ever such a word, manurity.