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The Aces on Bridge: Wednesday, November 3rd, 2021


Iain ClimieNovember 17th, 2021 at 3:18 pm

HI Bobby,

If South does decide to duck the DQ anyway at T1 then he’ll find East has made the play from Q9xx, with West holding AJ108. Explaining that to partner and/or team-mates will not be easy!



bobbywolffNovember 17th, 2021 at 5:17 pm

Hi Iain,

No doubt, except explaining will not be involved, but rather how fast declarer can run, compared to his partner’s (dummy) speed.

Never thought age made much difference, but alas and alack, younger declarers, at least percentage wise, will have some advantage.

Then later the explaining will set in when declarer, after presenting the result, will not volunteer an explanation when he confesses to losing the first four diamond tricks from the get-go.

However, the good news is that perhaps in this case, no future declarer will be able to coin the answer of “been there, done that” with this one.

Iain ClimieNovember 17th, 2021 at 6:38 pm

Hi Bobby,

Shades of the old joke about there being an escaped hungry lion around. You don’t need to outrun the lion, just be quicker than at least one other person in your group.

There again I remember Hugh Kelsey writing up a hand on which his carefully studied 93% (or whatever) line went down when Mrs. Guggenheim would have wrapped up the contract in double quick time by taking an obvious finesse. Hard luck stories can be part of the fun with bridge of course.



bobbywolffNovember 18th, 2021 at 4:22 pm

Hi Iain,

Yes, while hard luck stories have always been quite common, the ones involving bridge become lighter fare for ones who can separate but from butt.