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The Aces on Bridge: Tuesday, October 5th, 2021


Iain ClimieOctober 19th, 2021 at 11:40 am

Hi Bobby,

Two uppercuts so far this week; I wonder if there are any other boxing analogies in bridge (apart from the urge to jab partner on occasion of course).



Iain ClimieOctober 19th, 2021 at 2:30 pm

Hi again,

I’m just looking at opening leads and even a club works better, a trump seems to be a killer (a small one anyway) while DAJ prevents South from re-entering hand with a diamond. On a purely single-dummy basis, what would you recommend given that West has most of the defensive assets?



bobbywolffOctober 19th, 2021 at 2:58 pm

Hi Iain,

By sheer luck or more likely clever design, you have, no doubt, right or left crossed similar terminology often used in both bridge and pugilism.

Precisely in both sports, particularly in the people’s and/or players choice, are the Knock outs, which represent the ultimate competition in both, when the winner is almost certain to be victorious with both his brain and brawn.

Brain representing the better overall strategies and brawn the stronger talent and both physically and mentally equipped knowledge to overcome adversity (likely down times, canvas in boxing, bad player’s luck in bridge) to emerge standing in victory.

Worse and more lethal in bridge, since, for the loser, quiet embarrising mental resolution is standard and expected in bridge, while sweat, obvious consternation and eventual positive pity for the vanquished is generally the crowd flow in boxing.

Yes, and in bridge, no matter how clear-cut, to even think of bullying partner for failing, (implying mental deficiency), is thought to be off limits, downright mean and unnecessary, to most educated minds. Allowing, at the final moment, no telltale excuses in bridge, but visibly obvuious with boxing.