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The Aces on Bridge: Thursday, November 18th, 2021


A V Ramana RaoDecember 2nd, 2021 at 12:51 pm

Hi Dear Mr Wolff
Declarer perhaps assured the contract with his return of Q of spades at T2 . A genius of a move and can come only with substantial insight and experience. Even to understand this an average player needs considerable thought. Obviously, had declarer laid down A of spades expecting a miracle , there would have been no way of making the contract . Very well played

bobbywolffDecember 2nd, 2021 at 3:37 pm


First, thanks for your always thoughtful and constructive comments.

Next, while this hand and other extremely strategic full hand winning plays are rare, it would (should) embolden even relative beginners (certainly with potential arithmetical talent) to see the upside potential with bridge type logic attached, enabling superior results.

Perhaps I, along with you, am dreaming as to this type of hand being first presented, then studied, and from that, the reader can both feel and be fully justified in pursuing what we know to be a very fulfilling experience and worth its weight in gold to acquire.

Better yet, even if hands like these are not taken that seriously by all, I believe that just seeing what is available, may be enough to confirm to most, that our game indelibly represents an opportunity to improve one’s thinking.

Iain ClimieDecember 2nd, 2021 at 7:22 pm

Hi AVRR, Bobby,

I wondered if West could escape by unblocking the SJ but that fails too. South draws trumps, and just feeds west diamonds until he has to give dummy the lead – always supposing that declarer has left the CA on the table of course. How paradoxical is that?



bobbywolffDecember 2nd, 2021 at 11:22 pm

Hi Iain,

Perhaps A Club is always for show, not a bridge trick. Maybe not paradoxical, but rather in poker, losing to any pair, even doxes.