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The Aces on Bridge: Monday, July 12th, 2021


Bill CubleyJuly 26th, 2021 at 1:57 pm


Wish me luck in Atlanta. A certain redheaded young woman has agreed to play with me. It feels great to play again! I also hope to see you in Austin with Judy.

Bobby WolffJuly 26th, 2021 at 3:03 pm

Hi Bill,

Great to hear from you and especially so when hearing about Atlanta and your your vulnerable partner (redheaded-vul-and all that goes with).

Unfortunately Judy and I have stopped traveling (except of course, twice a week to our favorite LV bridge club).

And thus seeing me in Austin might then only be possible if you get a 1950+ University of Texas school annual and look for a relatively medium size ugly guy who hadn’t finished his growth.

However, Austin has become a relatively great city (of course, helped, because I left) and well worth attending a bridge nationals.

Good luck, but trying to find former friends or fraternity brothers of mine might lure you (if some never left) to a cemetery, never a happy experience, unless you dig such a thing.

Check out the DRAG, if, of course, it still exists. My fraternity house is (was) I think, 2626 Speedway Blvd.

Iain ClimieJuly 27th, 2021 at 8:17 am

Hi Bobby,

With regard to your closing comment, the nightmare scenario would be East holding (say) Kxx AQ10xx QJx 10x. Mrs. Guggenheim (or a finesse fanatic) takes T1, cashes the DA, takes the club finesse, cashes DK dumping H, takes the spade finesse, another club finesse (noticing the 10 on a good day), repeats the spade finesse, cashes the SA and then plays a club to the 9 before ditching her other hearty on the CA for 13 tricks and all the matchpoints or a game swing. If you’ve somehow reached 6S (!) then this line is probably obligatory too.

I used to jokingly say “well done” (as opposed to well played) and often through clenched teeth to any declarer who fixed me in such a fashion – a little in-joke with my partners. Manners demand complimenting an opponent on good play, of course, so “well played” was reserved for such cases.



bobbywolffJuly 27th, 2021 at 1:39 pm

Hi Iain,

Yes, your nomenclature makes sense since, “well done”, at least while eating steak, could often be not desired when one prefers “rare”. that is, just in case, an experienced lad or lass present, questions your sarcasm.