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The Aces on Bridge: Saturday, November 27th, 2021


Iain ClimieDecember 11th, 2021 at 3:18 pm

Hi Bobby,

If east had held CQ9 alone and read South for 6 clubs, the CQ would have been a devastating false card although on a different day South might have had 7C to the AJ10 in a hand like AKx AJ A AJ10xxxx although it is only an overtrick in that case.

I suppose West could facetiously blame East for not doubling 2D but that could be redoubled to play when the intricacies are quite interesting – is it a good save or not for EW conceding 8 or 9 tricks in such a contract rather than 6C which might not make? North certainly won’t find it easy getting off table in such a contract.

My germs say hello…! I’m not feeling as bad as expected.





Iain ClimieDecember 11th, 2021 at 3:27 pm

Double vision (or at least typing) appears to be a side effect.

bobbywolffDecember 11th, 2021 at 5:31 pm

Hi Iain,

You’ve taken away my facetious incentive to comment that at least your malady has improved your typing.

Yes, I expected to hear from you, Covid and all, that West should signal his doubleton club distribution (Q9) to partner with a standard high low.

For him to do such a thing should (might) create a double highest award, both ways, for originality with declarer play, countered by the winning brilliant defensive false card of the trump lady (not Mrs. Donald Trump). Perhaps West, this time having the lone lady, should not play her majesty too quickly (only kidding or am I?).

Certainly nice to hear that you are challenging the world pandemic quite successfully and, of course, with your characteristic humor, the same way you immediately seem to enjoy great plays, whether declarer play or on defense, but definitely more so, when they work.

Get well soon, since all of us, not to mention the web site itself, needs you.

Iain ClimieDecember 11th, 2021 at 6:55 pm

Hi Bobby,

Thanks for that and I must admit to a twisted and macabre sense of humour. I’ve known many ex-military personnel while my day job has often involved trying to ensure accidental air crashes are sufficiently unlikely. The worst example was probably when I wound up trying (and sadly failing despite rapid paramedic attendance) to keep a nice bridge player called Chester alive at Hitchin BC in Hertfordshire; he collapsed and I wound up giving him CPR after hauling him out of his chair; he wasn’t light so gym work and adrenaline helped. Despite this, I couldn’t help asking myself under my breath what his partner had bid or led.

In happier vein, Clifton Bridge Club in Lancashire bought a defibrillator. When someone collapsed there, they were able to use it pdq and keep him alive. Given the way that bridge has an ageing set of players, I would recommend clubs invest in such items.

Thanks again, though.


bobbywolffDecember 11th, 2021 at 11:09 pm

Hi Iain,

Finally a just punishment for bridge cheaters.

Send them to bridge clubs without defibrillators and stack fixed hands, making sure their illegal information will lead to achieving terrible matchpoint scores. The result may include all the HEART attacks needed, despite other suits being included.

It may take forever for that or any like plan to succeed, but and no doubt, it would result in justice for those who decide to go rogue, inflicting their horrendous ego challenging personalities, into the sensational mind game, honest players have grown to love.

My bridge life has spanned many decades and I can say in all honesty that of all the major cheating scandals publicized, not one of them (that I know of), was a sham and 100% included major chicanery by the person or persons charged.

Yet, in spite of that phenomena, it still exists, and if you will excuse me, it continues in NT, not just, so to speak, SPADES,

MirceaDecember 12th, 2021 at 10:14 am

Hi Bobby,

Does it cost South anything to play a second top club, just în case West false carded?

bobbywolffDecember 12th, 2021 at 1:38 pm

Hi Mircea,

Definitely YES, since, if East would then possess, (what he would be thought to have, 9xx of trump) he, after declarer had unblocked in hearts, would merely lead the nine of trumps, locking declarer in hand to lose the last two spades tricks, resulting in down one.

Therefore, since the queen of trumps is indeed very unusually thrown away unnecessarily, often with the hope for declarer deciding to finesse into him it might be a slam dunk (please excuse) for him to draw a second round of trump, therein, once they broke 2-2, the contract.

As it was, he would still be a make, if indeed the club queen was lonesome (as it appeared to be) and the third spade could be roughed cleanly with of course, East starting with at least three in hand and the red suits being normally divided.

Thanks for asking, so that others can also see (and feel) the brilliancy which would occur, for West to toss the trump queen the first round.

“Little by little we can do great things” should be both thought and said, especially when a sensational (and very unusual) false card is displayed.

bobbywolffDecember 12th, 2021 at 1:43 pm

Hi Mircea,

Please excuse my error since down one in the first paragraph should be “down two” had it actually been a solitary queen of clubs with West.