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The Aces on Bridge: Thursday, July 29th, 2021


A V Ramana RaoAugust 12th, 2021 at 12:25 pm

Hi Dear Mr Wolff
Quite an instructive hand. The sequence of play has to be precise. It looks natural to unblock diamond A after winning lead but declarer would go down if west has heart length and short diamonds

bobbywolffAugust 12th, 2021 at 1:47 pm


As always, thank you for your wise, right on, and topical comment which, in turn, alerts all to follow to the crucial bridge analytics necessary for success.

Whether readers delve deep or small, most will appreciate your shortcut description, allowing them to concentrate directly on the key issue or issues.

Without which, less experienced readers may flounder, thus put aside, possibly to not return
to what could be a more frustrating time than expected.

Your dear help, together with all the known other regulars, have been, at least IMO, the glue which is key to what this site has to offer.

Thank you is not really enough to offer, but all involved, being true lovers of our off-the-charts
game do so, with the hope that moving up the list in ability for them, is a great incentive to eventually join our group with sharing the positive features which together, and represent, at least to most of us, substantially, considering all its virtues, the greatest mind game ever conceived.

bobbywolffAugust 12th, 2021 at 2:26 pm

Hi Everyone,

Regarding the BWTA, I would like to modify my opinion on the last question asked. With another heart in my hand and nothing lost in high cards by so doing, I would definitely take another call, likely just an invitation to a heart game.

A V Ramana RaoAugust 12th, 2021 at 2:33 pm

Hi Dear Mr Wolff
Thanks for all the kind words. But perhaps really there is nothing to it. I feel that anyone who gets involved seriously shoud see it. And hope you don’t mind the following which makes for a quite interesting reading :

Laszlo Polgar was a researcher from Hungary who studied intelligence and had a fascination towards understanding geniuses. He had studied well over 400 prodigies and analyzed the common patterns. His study included people with the highest intellect from Socrates to Einstein. He observed that all of them started at a very young age and practiced their skills to a depth. He was firmly convinced that great performers are made and not born. He believed that he could raise a genius himself. When he tried to present his intentions, the local government asked him to see a psychiatrist. But Laszlo remained undeterred, stood by his opinion and made it his lifetime goal to confirm his theory. It may sound a bit of fantasy but he married after searching for his bride for quite sometime checking that she cooperates with him in his endeavours and finally raised three daughters , Susan, Sofia and Judit .

All Polgar sisters , Susan, Sofia and Judit are accomplished chess players.
When Judit showed exceptional chess prowess at a young age, Garry Kasparov the legendary world champion had commented saying, “She has fantastic chess talent, but she is, after all, a woman. It all comes down to the imperfections of the feminine psyche. No woman can sustain a prolonged battle.”

However, in 2002, Judit beat Kasparov, after which he walked out of the table with angst apparent on his face.
He later changed his mind and wrote in his book: “The Polgar sisters showed that there are no innate limitations – an attitude that many male players refused to accept until they were destroyed by a 12-year-old girl with her hair in a ponytail.”

So after all , Laszlo Polgar was right: with diligence and dedication, anything is possible
I was quite impressed with the above and thought I can share
And thanks for your patience

bobbywolffAugust 12th, 2021 at 3:26 pm


No special patience is necessary or at all required, since your story has a positive and especially desired tone.

Since a 12 year old girl defeated one of the best chess players ever, Kasparov, it is, indeed, a strong commercial for dedication after birth.

However, let both of us still be both the master of our souls, and the believer of our truths when I suggest that, at the very least, a marked disposition toward anything which uses the noun, genius, has major influence with the mind which accompanies birth and is at least solidly improved by the heritage of its parents.

Maybe correct, maybe not, but in no way should anyone shy away from his or her destiny, since your example seems to prove otherwise and, at least theoretically, offers great hope to anyone who will listen.