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The Aces on Bridge: Friday, August 20th, 2021


A V Ramana RaoSeptember 3rd, 2021 at 1:51 pm

Hi Dear Mr Wolff
Perhaps west should have seen that he gets endplayed with hearts A and could have got rid of that card. It i may be OK to play low when south led a heart from hand but when west wins club K, seeing no further entry to dummy, he must cash A of hearts before exiting with club. True, it presents declarer with a third heart trick but robs him of ninth trick as after cashing hearts, ( with west discarding spades)declarer needs to play diamonds from hand. If he plays spades, east wins and pushes dismond.If he had ten, still he could have tried but goes down today. The baggage of heart A cost the defense dearly and declarer would have gone down , his brilliant inference that West started with heart A doubleton notwithstanding

bobbywolffSeptember 3rd, 2021 at 3:07 pm


Besides delving deep to thoroughly analyze both sophisticated declarer’s play and the better defense against it, you picture bridge at its finest hour.

Sometimes the mental battles between declarer and his or her opponents, not only deserve at table kibitzers, but far away computer watchers, not to mention, later columns.

In truth, the most thrilling of these battles are not always both sides guessing right as to what to do and that allows you, after due deliberation, to carefully and beautifully describe, the correct melody.

Such is the logic involved by sometimes all three combatants and what better mind competition can be provided to, in practice, require them to use their God given brains to think clearly.

Thank you for your always tedious and difficult work in allowing us to see bridge poetry in motion.