Aces on Bridge — Daily Columns

The Aces on Bridge: Monday, July 26th, 2021


Iain ClimieAugust 9th, 2021 at 12:11 pm

Hi Bobby,

The first declarer was rather gormless as had West had singleton D10, J or Q a small diamond to the King would have salvaged something from the wreckage and allowed a safety play. Didn’t West mess up too, though? What happens if he finds a diamond switch, perhaps improbably at T2 or more logically after taking the HK? This goes to the 10 and Ace but South can still get home by crossing to dummy, ruffing the last heart and runnong the D* round to East, thus endplaying him. So it does look like West is off the hook.



Apropos of which, if I’m going to chuck insults around, what does gormfull (or maybe gormful) mean? Could “very gormfull, partner” be a new compliment? I do wonder about the derivation of the term gormless I must admit.

bobbywolffAugust 9th, 2021 at 1:42 pm

Hi Iain,

Thanks for the learning experience, first with the meaning of the word gormful (“usually eat like a glutton”) and then while playing bridge and on this hand if West had the singleton eight or nine of diamonds, instead of a lower one, depending now on the location of the other one (in dummy or declarer’s hand, if dummy, East could overtake and continue a high one, but not if declarer possessed it).

I can just hear the defense yelping, “for want of a slightly higher spot card we got done in” but then they should give significant credit to the expert declarer they were playing, for smoothly providing for that contingency.

Thanks for both contributing with English as well as your known expertise in bridge. I now have to fully explain why my native language is now named what it is and never thought of that before. Pretty selfish and self-aggrandizing I’ll admit.