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The Aces on Bridge: Saturday, December 4th, 2021


Jeff SDecember 18th, 2021 at 3:56 pm

The unusual 2NT often gets criticized for providing a road map, but here it sure looks like a good spot to use it. West has no way of knowing the powerhouse South holds not to mention the nice hand to his left. Kudos to South for making good use of the information provided, but do you agree that it was a good spot for that bid and just rotten luck for West?

Patrick CheuDecember 18th, 2021 at 10:11 pm

Hi Bobby, Wonder how many would think about cashing one round of clubs(quite safe in view of West showing up with one spade and two hearts in play) before running hearts..All the Best to Judy and you. Regards Patrick

bobbywolffDecember 19th, 2021 at 12:07 am

Hi Jeff S,

Yes, there are many either or’s in bridge and playing certain conventions, like artificial take-outs, is just one of them.

Likely there is no intelligent way to discuss its specific value, (possibly by simulations) as against the degrees of help given to the hated opponents.

My guessed opinion, although subject to many intangibles (including caliber of the opposition, vulnerability and always psychology) is that I’d prefer taking the risk with my boots on (short for affirmative action by the conventioneer).

However, and whatever may be claimed by others, I do not think it worth the time taken to reach out for the answer, since I think it close to impossible to correctly answer, but would not relish having to contradict an otherwise intelligent stab.

And always remember the excellent play by today’s declarer, meaning just another hurdle to clear before deciding the answer you seek.

I, for one, appreciate your question and apologize (sort of) for my possibly confusing answer.

bobbywolffDecember 19th, 2021 at 12:17 am

Hi Patrick,

Much thanks for the always kind responses you give to always gladden my and Judy’s day.

Especially so, when listening to the news of so much disagreement, discord turning into sheer hate, not to mention violence going on in my homeland. as well as the horrible pandemic which feels like really bad trump breaks waiting patiently in the wings.

However, like all good bridge players need to do, soldier on and damned be he who says enough!