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The Aces on Bridge: Tuesday, November 9th, 2021


Iain ClimieNovember 23rd, 2021 at 12:54 pm

Hi Bobby,

A minor point but should declarer play the SQ at T1? After all, West could have S109 alone when the defence will then not be able to untangle itself easily.



Iain ClimieNovember 23rd, 2021 at 1:51 pm

I accept that West could have S10 alone, when ducking is right, but East is surely venturing 2S over 2H then.

bobbywolffNovember 23rd, 2021 at 3:04 pm

Hi Iain,

Yes, you are correct, certainly including East competing to 2 spades with 6 of them.

Your comment takes me back more than 50 years to 1968 (the birth of the Aces in Dallas, TX) when the team critiqued weekly matches, carefully pointing out all kinds of errors, minor or major with appropriate charges which ranged in color from white, gray to black.

Once burned, often then learned, became helpful and no doubt, increased awareness as
to all kinds of details, which, in the past, had
not seem important enough to mention.

Thanks for recalling these moments, which in turn, helped create better overall play, if for no other reason than the developed pride which went along with it.

Bill CubleyNovember 23rd, 2021 at 3:24 pm

Happy Thanksgiving, leaving for Austin tomorrow.

bobbywolffNovember 23rd, 2021 at 7:26 pm

Hi Bill,

A return Happy Turkey Day (except for the turkey) and for the positive religious background beginning of our illustrious country, now bound in many critical issues, desperate for improvement.

I do not forecast a large (or even an expected decent number) due to the many reasons for giving it a pass.

Having gone to school there 70+ years ago, Austin was a great “little” town with friendly surroundings and positive people.

Now it has grown to almost one million population with successful business as well as, and, of course, an excellent University of Texas, excelling in many different avenues.

Good luck, especially in the decision to usher bridge nationals back in, with the hope of at least fairly soon, returning to ftof bridge, without which I, for one, do not think tournament bridge will eventually survive, much less grow.

Hoping for me to be wrong, and in any event and either way it will take several years (perhaps a decade from now) to know for sure.

Good luck, happy traveling and bridge competing while continuing to make others (with lighthearted kindness) as happy as they can be.