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The Aces on Bridge: Friday, November 5th, 2021


jim2November 19th, 2021 at 12:59 pm

When I played this hand, I got the same opening lead and I could feel the forces of TOCM ™ gathering at the table as I began to call for a card from dummy.

To the outside observer, the 9C and the JC likely appeared blurred, ready to resolve to my detriment once I named dummy’s card.

Iain ClimieNovember 19th, 2021 at 4:39 pm

Hi Bobby,

This could be a Mollo hand with SB at the helm, RR as East and he has a coughing fit thus dropping the card at T3. It is exposed so SB gleefully insists it be played as East has no more club’s.

I’m sure I saw something similar many years ago.



bobbywolffNovember 19th, 2021 at 7:07 pm

Hi Jim2,

As a bridge playing psychiatrist once told me,
it will be prudent to decide whether you have enough talent for the game, and if positive, especially in close situations, do what you think is right, if negative, do the other.

Since Mollo’s HH was only a “medium” player, but achieved success because of his intimidation, therefore when applying the doctor’s rule, only succeeded half the time.

However the medical journal, at least the one I read, suggested TOCM TM is not necessarily a disease, but rather a 100% avenue for losing, meaning that Jim2 should, without breaking any laws, moral or specific, arrange to, or have others (himself included), always bet on the opponents, so that he could indirectly make his living playing the game he loves, win enough to take care of himself and his loved ones, and upmost, never feel the least bit sleazy about this intelligent solution.

Furthermore, instead of having to endure the bridge pain TOCM causes, he can legitimately laugh when he finishes a session, causing others to admire him for his great sportsmanship.

Although the only bad news is that Rudyard Kipling may have to think twice before including your type personality in his future poems, especially “IF”.