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The Aces on Bridge: Thursday, September 30th, 2021


Bill CubleyOctober 14th, 2021 at 2:29 pm

Happy birthday! A tough defender today. I see the USBF events are going well.

Iain ClimieOctober 14th, 2021 at 2:53 pm

Hi Bobby,

Happy Birthday (many thanks for the reminder Bill) and have a great day!

A stray thought, though. Could West have (say) A K9xx KQ10x AJxx when taking the H finesse early on walks into a heart ruff? Mind you, if South plays a trump, West can switch to a heart, get put in with the CA after East takes the SK and then give East a ruff, so it really isn’t South’s day with that lie of the cards and alert defenders.



A V Ramana RaoOctober 14th, 2021 at 2:56 pm

Hi Dear Mr Wolff
Perhaps south found the only way to go down. If Mrs. Guggenheim were playing the hand, she might not have bothered about finesse but surely she can ruff a diamond. So A of diamond, diamond ruff and club to Q in hand. West wins but as he doesn’t know the position of club ten, leads another diamond ruffed in dummy and now Mrs. Guggenheim would lead trump ten from dummy and now it doesn’t matter if west ducks and even if west wins and continues diamond! South can ruff and can either lead trump or finesse hearts.Say he plays trump , west wins and returns yet another diamond. South left with trump can ruff, heart finesse, draw trump and claim

A V Ramana RaoOctober 14th, 2021 at 3:00 pm

Hi Dear Mr Wolff
Normally I am the first to wish you on your birthday ( on this blog I meant) but somehow , I missed. So, I make amends.
Wishing you ” A Very Happy Birthday and Many More Happy Returns of the day”
Best regards

jim2October 14th, 2021 at 3:49 pm

Happy Birthday! May your finesses work!

bobbywolffOctober 14th, 2021 at 4:05 pm

Hi Bill,

Much thanks for your BD greetings.

In earlier years the USA needed to win the whole magilla for it to be considered successful. In reality, that task still needs to be accomplished.

bobbywolffOctober 14th, 2021 at 4:15 pm

Hi Iain,

Yes, you nailed this difficult choice for declarer.

Furthermore, it is next to impossible to figure out the best percentage choice, only that taking the heart finesse immediately seems natural, but alas, it may be the inferior play.

Thanks for taking the time to do the analysis and, of course for your BD wishes.

bobbywolffOctober 14th, 2021 at 4:23 pm


No doubt Mrs. Guggenheim would ruff a diamond, but only because what is intuitive to better players is usually counter to what she would normally do (but not in this case).

Whatever, this hand needs much thought at trick two, and even ten minutes or so (feels like forever at the table) might not be long enough.

Thanks for doing the very difficult thorough analysis you are noted for providing. Also thanks for your BD wishes and I would settle for ten more chances.

bobbywolffOctober 14th, 2021 at 4:33 pm

Hi Jim2,

Thanks for your valuable wish and would return it in spades (or NT), but for the sad fact that, if it did work with you as declarer, it would, no doubt, be the first stage of what will undoubtedly lead to, contract failure.

Perhaps you could get into the playing card providing business, which would allow you to make inroads for a TOCM TM cure.

Mere medical experts are over matched!