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The Aces on Bridge: Thursday, December 9th, 2021


Iain ClimieDecember 23rd, 2021 at 10:19 am

HI Bobby,

If dummy had the D7, then West exiting with the D9 would have worked well today but that just gives South a winning option today. At least didn’t bash out DA and another – we’ve all sat opposite partner’s like that!



jim2December 23rd, 2021 at 11:51 am

In BWTA, it’s too bad that North will not know South can not have four spades when South raises.

Michael BeyroutiDecember 23rd, 2021 at 1:49 pm

But, but Jim2,
they do play Flannery, don’t they.

bobbywolffDecember 23rd, 2021 at 2:10 pm

Hi Iain,

Yes indeed, thanks for the teaching moment, since internal middle cards often call for talent in numbers, a factor which favors those who are arithmetically inclined.

The above, at least to me, mightily contributes to our beloved competition to be first considered and then voted, as the number one mind game of all time.

bobbywolffDecember 23rd, 2021 at 2:36 pm

Hi Jim2 & Michael,

First, thanks and then point and counter point. No doubt, the addition of Flannery, a convention that my partners and I have always agreed to play, especially Bob Hamman, (and never varying) for 26 years, will always be recommended by me.

However, other concerned partnerships sometimes require five+ spades to respond one spade to one heart, choosing to include the possibility of only four with a forcing 1NT response so that the opening bidder then can easily raise (or even jump) with spade support, while only holding three.

That treatment is not perfect, since the then original responder may have a slightly more difficult time assessing the ongoing auction, knowing partner may have fewer than four with his spade raise or jump, but to me, second to playing Flannery, I would recommend that method.

However nothing succeeds more than success and high-level partnerships then decide what they are more comfortable doing.

jim2December 23rd, 2021 at 9:49 pm

Michael Beyrouti –

BWTA does not use Flannery. I comment this way each time such a BWTA problem is posed.

bobbywolffDecember 24th, 2021 at 6:18 am

Hi Jim2 & Michael,

Actually there is no such system or any real preference with BWTA. Only the whim of my team (several all purpose players who help put together six hands a week and sort out the Sunday questions the other)

To my knowledge, even after all these years (39 and counting), have never individually discussed (nor argued) in favor or against any of the many choices which occur.

That is not to say that some prefer chocolate and others another flavor, but for column purposes we just glide along as if all roads lead to the same result.

But please, do not tell anyone what I just confessed.