Aces on Bridge — Daily Columns

The Aces on Bridge: Wednesday, October 20th, 2021


jim2November 3rd, 2021 at 12:39 pm

I would note that 5D X would appear to meet the same scoring fate.

bobbywolffNovember 3rd, 2021 at 1:50 pm

Hi Jim2,

Yes, your post, while very short, conveys what sometimes could and speculatively might have happened, especially many years ago, (not true in this case, but so, then), when double, more likely than not, meant “partner,. please pass, we’ve nailed them”.

Companion 1100s resulting in a zero IMP swing, especially when there is a defense to defeat a mere game at the other table are indeed rare, but only show how close to significant precipices, even top players subject themselves to, especially if their system, allowed themselves to accomplishing it.

From a “JACK” to a “KING” and BACK sometimes is a short passage, describing what is IMO an integral and very exciting element in our game, even at supposedly very high levels.

Only the “Shadow knows”, the voice of a character named Lamont Cranston on an early 1940’s radio show, could be the apt description.

And, of course, “much thanks partner”, for not letting this opportunity go unnoticed. Finally, “yesterday” or I guess “long time ago” did have its moments!

jim2November 4th, 2021 at 2:09 am

My point was more that, once 5C was bid and doubled, there was no way for EW to lessen the damage.

bobbywolffNovember 4th, 2021 at 4:38 am

Hi Jim2,

Sometimes it is quite difficult to separate partnerships (even very high-level ones) who basically play “last bidder gets the zero” much more often than any solid citizen top pair, could ever imagine.

I guess that above disease stays attached through thick and thin, under the thinly described habit of wanting “to be tough opponents”!

At least to me, (and I certainly cannot vouch for it being valid) any bidding which could lead to EW declaring 5 clubs vulnerable, regardless of the result, would eventually, if not immediately, end their relationship.

However, being conservative and never taking undue risks is also difficult, when teammates have come back to the table exclaiming how “lucky” their opponents
had been with their far out actions which magically worked.

“You pays your money, you takes your choice”!