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The Aces on Bridge: Friday, September 24th, 2021


A V Ramana RaoOctober 8th, 2021 at 11:50 am

Hi Dear Mr Wolff
Quite an interesting hand. But on the first table south definitely should have thought at the lead and should have won the lead in dummy and things should have become fairly simple as the minor suit squeeze manifests. The irony is the twenty point hand quickly became entryless
On the third table, it must have been a really tough guess for south after the brilliant false card. But as Bridge truly reflects life in being paradoxical, had NS bid seven spades in the Moysian fit, it should have rolled home today once declarer elects for partial elimination. Two rounds of trumps and ruff a heart . This would succeed even without heart 10 9 in north hand though with those cards, declarer had a two way guess in seven hearts. Yes Bridge is a very fascinating game and one doesn’t know what is in store for him just like in life

Iain ClimieOctober 8th, 2021 at 4:07 pm

Hi Bobby, AVRR,

The club lead vs 7N is worth a closer look, especially when the CQ pops up. West would hardly lead a club from Jxxx so either he’s found an odd one from 986xx or he has at least 5 and maybe 6. If H drop or west has 4 life is easy so the obvious inference is that a minor suit squeeze on west might be needed.

The lack of a trump lead against 7H does suggest there is something untoward but that H7 from J7xx was well found.



bobbywolffOctober 8th, 2021 at 4:21 pm


Your skills abound! Not only in bridge analysis but also IMO with your equating bridge logic to life’s philosophy.

Perhaps even add the American Boy Scout motto of “Be Prepared” before attacking a very high level contract, in this case “a grand slam”, before embarking in the play.

In some ways when great hands like this are dealt and a grand slam properly bid, when suits break normally everyone makes them and nothing much is said or done.

However, there still exists, at least in the minds of conscientious high-level players, a certain satisfaction of playing a difficult hand to best advantage, even though it might not usually be necessary.

When a player progresses that far, both in mind, ability and most important, spirit, he should then feel totally rewarded for his effort.

Again similar to your theme of bridge mirroring life itself, this type of satisfaction rattles through the glen and also rumbles emphatically in the dell.

Always thanks for your time, effort and especially your enormous love and allegiance
to our off-the-charts game.

bobbywolffOctober 8th, 2021 at 5:35 pm

Hi Iain,

Our posts may have crossed in the gloaming.

Yes, it sometimes becomes the duty, or at least a task, relegated to the defense, for them to throw clever smoke screens, attempting to miss direct even a high-level declarer.

They take the form of both high cards held, as well as faking a very different overall numbers variations as to lengths of suits held.

As it is sometimes mentioned in children’s fables, they need to be neither too warm nor too cold, but nevertheless designed to get the best in their battles against a worthwhile declarer.

May the best player win, along as it is the one making that request.