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The Aces on Bridge: Friday, July 30th, 2021


Iain ClimieAugust 13th, 2021 at 10:00 am

Hi Bobby,

Fascinating hand which I suspect I’d have messed up at the table but is obvious in hindsight. Playing 3 rounds of diamonds puts West in a sort of Morton’s Fork, regardless of whether he switches to a trump or ploughs on with hearts, although South mustn’t give East the chance to ditch two clubs if he started with 4-5-2-2 so must cash or use the CA reasonably early if he is ruffinbg diamonds.

Today’s quote author also had a massive affection for animals especially one particular marsupial, hence: “The wombat is a joy, a triumph, a delight, a madness.” — Dante Gabriel Rossetti. He was almost inconsolable when his pet wombat died apparently.



A V Ramana RaoAugust 13th, 2021 at 12:52 pm

Hi Dear Mr Wolff
Perhaps south can tempt east by discarding club on second heart. East should not fall for this and continue hearts but just in case east shifts to a club, south gains a valuable tempo and makes overtrick in case east has Q of diamond three carded but today , he makes ten tricks a diamond finesse loses. And if east continues hearts, south can proceed as per the column line and doesn’t lose anything.

bobbywolffAugust 13th, 2021 at 2:52 pm

Hi Iain,

And speaking of inconsolable, wouldn’t bridge writers be that, if they couldn’t construct hands themselves to prove unusual other ways to land successful contracts? Q10 in trumps with North, my word?

And speaking of Morton’s Fork, what if declarer downed Qx in diamonds with West, wouldn’t their unlucky opponents (who were heard a few minutes later telling one another “to hold his cards up”) have, at the very least, moaned that declarer’s “luck” in doing so, rather than applaud his real intention of “forking them”.

And speaking of wombats and probably their first cousins, opossums & kangaroos, might they have been mainly responsible for starting the current worldwide epidemic?

Perhaps more things than first thought, are more connected to our everyday lives than we realize and that includes our beloved game.

bobbywolffAugust 13th, 2021 at 3:07 pm


Yes, and after the defense to the column hand has been cast asunder, they undoubtedly (usually starting in their own minds and not yet communicated) search for what they could have done to have prevented this bridge road kill, until they eventually, and with great relief, understand they could not.

Such is the mindset of more likely, the deeper thinkers in our game, allowing others, lower down the totem pole, to just primarily enjoy the sociability
usually present.