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The Aces on Bridge: Wednesday, June 30th, 2021


Iain ClimieJuly 14th, 2021 at 9:25 am

Hi Bobby,

This may be too pushy at the vulnerability today, but any case for East dredging up a 2S raise at favourable on the hand today with SKx? Apart from anything else, it gives South a problem of whether to double (maybe best), bid 3H or punt 4H. As it was, South’s optimism (SQx is about as bad a holding as imaginable – wasted value and partner likely to have some spades) was richly repaid.





A V Ramana RaoJuly 14th, 2021 at 11:03 am

Hi Dear Mr Wolff
South played very well planning ahead and not missing any inference and just wondering : which club did east play when seven was led. Perhaps there may be some players who casually play low without thinking making life easy for south. It is natural for east to cover seven but just in case

Iain ClimieJuly 14th, 2021 at 12:54 pm

Hi Bobby,

Maybe just as well the D7 and D5 weren’t reversed! There again, if West lets the D2 go on the clubs, it doesn’t matter too much.



bobbywolffJuly 14th, 2021 at 5:29 pm

Hi Iain & AVRR,

Today’s quote is richly prophetic and methinks applies directly to our great game.

Furthermore, today’s declarer play resonates, except for conceivably East’s failure (on the basis of the locations of his lone king and jack, especially with only a total of only four cards) to stake a possible large set, if and when West was known to sometimes be too aggressive with his competitive bidding.

Sure, if East had a 5th card in the pointed suits, it (at least in my judgment) would have been, with too much precaution, for him not to act.

However, here, possibly West’s possible reputation as perhaps too aggressive at times may have adversely influenced East’s decision.

Strangely, but sadly, it also allowed declarer to succeed by not receiving the spade ace lead, but, in reality, would also require some really good fortune.

IOW, again, the opening quote said it all, emphasizing the difficult results which often result from not positively helping partner reach logical conclusions, although who has not sinned (in a bridge sense) can throw the first stone.

Perhaps too biblical, but still making sense to real bridge lovers, where so many of us live, but sometimes fail to questionably comply.

Thanks to both of you for your on point, posts.

bobbywolffJuly 14th, 2021 at 7:06 pm

Hi Iain,

Sorry for not answering your direct question.

No, not a chance would I raise immediately with only Kx in trump and nothing else of value. Sure, like often happens with our multi-faceted game, to do so would rumble through the mountain-side and rattle through the dell, but would revolutionize support bidding to an historic and very dangerous low.

Furthermore, if I was ever asked what not to do concerning bridge partnership growth, the above may be the poster child, since its result may forever cause that partnership to explode.

Certainly the above is not intended to you bringing up the question, quite the opposite, since, at least I am able to give my opinion, right or wrong.