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The Aces on Bridge: Tuesday, September 21st, 2021


Iain ClimieOctober 5th, 2021 at 3:48 pm

Hi Bobby,

Which club did lead in the first room I wonder? Unless it was an offset 9, west’s spade shift makes little sense although I assume it was to the S7 not Q. Still it is always easy when you’re not the “Man (or woman) in the arena” as Teddy Rooseveldt famously put it.

I quite like the 3N punt in the second room though it could go very badly wrong.



bobbywolffOctober 5th, 2021 at 5:42 pm

Hi Iain,

Sometimes defenders rely way too much on their own logic, rather than others (East) who may have emphasized clubs well stopped by South (at least Qxx, with East not possessing an entry to cash them), when and if, they get set up.

Call it a fixation or just trying to have the same mindset as partner, who would normally be at least tempted to lead clubs after his LHO ventured 3 diamonds.

Whatever, it did set the table for the unusual opening bid by that well known Austrian lady, who was known for taking the ball in hand and running in what she thought is the right direction.

Through some luck and likely more so, intimidation, she succeeded, something that her play often secured, described here as naivety on the part of West, although I guess declarer could have held about the same club holding as she did in diamonds.

Brazen, oft times, succeeds

Nothing comes from nothing, since nothing ever can, but here the fates were certainly kind to our heroin.