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The Aces on Bridge: Friday, September 17th, 2021

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bobbywolffOctober 1st, 2021 at 5:42 pm

Hi Everyone,

No doubt to me that there is little interest in the mish mosh, parry and thrust handle, to today’s hand.

In spite of these kinds of close-in battles, probably occurring more likely than anticipated,
they, IMO, play an important part in the development of a younger player’s overall game, primarily for the mind battles which frequently and invariably develop, as each other’s distribution and high card location become known.

No doubt, and from the opening lead, neither side (and that includes each of the three players taking part) can be even close to guessing the order of play, but often, and likely on different specific tricks all three can pretty well guess the possible final thrusts which and no doubt will determine the sometimes overpowering result.

Even the dummy is likely, (if paying attention) to join in the discussion, if, in fact, no one at the table is so very disappointed in what happened that he or she would rather not prolong the thought.

However, later in the day, perhaps a partnership, or both, can discuss the order of play, the reasons for it and possibly suggest missed telltale clues which occurred.

At least to me, there is much to be gained from such a task, since to ignore these types of hands is likely to cause one or more players to not see similar situations of gleaning critical knowledge in future hands with the previous discussion of great help to prevent errors yet to be committed.

In truth there are only a couple of factors, especially to seasoned bridge veterans:
1. the overall exact distributions of other two,
2. the likely remaining “key cards” in the unseen hands based on the play up to then and finally and most important, 3. the challenge to discard and play one’s remaining cards in the perfect manner: both the right card and not to be underrated, the most deceptive one toward the opponent or opponents.

Finally, a final word about staying aware to both sides to not add or subtract emphasis on any one play, because the golden rule of bridge is not to inject untoward emotion with anything regarding tempo and such, other than to try and keep every play and thought on technical understanding, not involving unethical ploys.