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The Aces on Bridge: Friday, September 3rd, 2021


A V Ramana RaoSeptember 17th, 2021 at 12:16 pm

Hi Dear Mr Wolff
Very interesting and instructive play. The recommended play could easily be missed at the table. It works always when east has J of diamonds but only if it is singleton , it would be problem. Even then it makes if east returns a club or heart but fails when west splits , dummy covers and east ruffs and returns trump. South can ruff out clubs but lacks entry for cashing. In case east provides a ruff and sluff by returning heart, declarer prevails by pitching dummy’s diamond and ruffing finesse in diamonds thanks to the power of nine and seven in hand and if east returns club , declarer will have smooth sailing

Michael BeyroutiSeptember 17th, 2021 at 12:54 pm

Dear Mr Wolff,
West dropped the club king on the second round… Could be a falsecard when still holding the queen and clubs were 3-3 all along. Should South believe him? It’s decision time.

Hao LiuSeptember 17th, 2021 at 3:14 pm

It’s a good idea for East to drop Diamond J at first round, but declarer shouldn’t be fooled, since West already show 9 cards, west can’t have 5 diamonds.

bobbywolffSeptember 17th, 2021 at 3:20 pm


Thanks for your continued discussion, both for additional clarity and more likely, to answer questions before they are asked.

No doubt you will always be remembered as one who wishes you, like Pinochio, had a very wise bridge super expert sitting on his shoulder.

bobbywolffSeptember 17th, 2021 at 3:27 pm

Hi Michael,

First, glad to hear from you and no doubt others as well and further, I wish you would add your wise countenance more often, always adding sophisticated bridge playing treats for all of us to ponder,

Hao LiuSeptember 17th, 2021 at 4:38 pm

Drop diamond J on first round is a good idea, but declarer shouldn’t be fooled. West already show 9 cards, thus at most 4 diamonds. East can’t have singleton J.

Michael BeyroutiSeptember 17th, 2021 at 4:39 pm

Dear Mr Wolff,
I assure you I am here every single day, till death do us apart. I seldom have something intelligent to say more than Iain, AVRR, Jim2 or David Warheit. And when I do, they beat me to it!
Aces on Bridge, or should I say Bobby Wolff, has been my daily companion for the last 35 years.
Regards and stay well.

bobbywolffSeptember 17th, 2021 at 7:47 pm

Hi Michael,

To merely say thank you would be similar to opening one of Ely Culbertson’s 1930 teachings, 3 1/2 to 4 honor tricks, balanced hand, “1NT”, while holding: s. KQ109, h, KQ10, d. KQ10, c. KJ10 or for that matter, Charles Goren’s original HCP, 16-19 improvement.

Iain ClimieSeptember 17th, 2021 at 9:39 pm

Hi Bobby,

I actually played with Julian at the Brighton congress in 1984 (if I remember rightly) in the teams and his younger brther John the following year. John might have become an even better player but went off to have a career in the US in finance; a pity he didnn’t do both.

Julian was always a great student of the game, albeiit occasionally a little over intense, but he has become an absolutely top class writer as well as being a fine player.

Hi Michael,

Veey nice of you to say what you did, although I had my first F2F session last night and played like a drain although it was great to meet people at the local club. It is always easier when the pressure isn’t on of course!