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The Aces on Bridge: Saturday, September 18th, 2021


A V Ramana RaoOctober 2nd, 2021 at 10:05 am

Hi Dear Mr Wolff
The winning play becomes rather apparent if south elects to ruff the lead instead of playing A from dummy. He draws three rounds of trumps and leads diamond which east wins and returns spade . ( On a heart return, south will not have any problem). Now dummy wins A and leads Q of diamonds, and when east shows out, there is no option but to overtake and play for ruffing finesse which is hundred percent. But just wondering : it can also happen that east can turn up with four diamonds to ten in which case heart finesse would be the only option. Even if south infers east holds heart Q, the count is not right for squeeze. Interestingly, on any lead except spade, south will have easy time

bobbywolffOctober 2nd, 2021 at 1:57 pm


Both your bridge knowledge and your presentation should enable you, if you were indeed a parrot (like in Pinnochio). to sit on a very good declarer’s shoulder and likely after discussion, allow him other successful options, available to succeed or, at least conscientiously consider.

At times, it may not necessarily allow him to triumph, but and no doubt, it might simply open his eyes for slightly better techniques, or even if not, give him an alternative way to ponder.

Learning to play top class bridge is in no way a “slam duck”, since a keen arithmetical touch becomes so valuable to possess. However, especially on difficult hands with close alternate choices of attack, oft times only one choice is better and, if so, and regardless of result, a blessed player would want to choose that best percentage choice.

Like in America and with its National sport, the game of baseball, (a least it used to be), the difference between players can be more easily determined by statistics, coincidentally the same as bridge, so, with you as the perfect example, your comments are always one to, at the very least, seriously consider.

Gratitude for what you provide with many of us, similar to the famous and lovable late American comedian, Bob Hope’s theme song, “Thanks for the Memories”.