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The Aces on Bridge: Tuesday, January 11th, 2022


Iain ClimieJanuary 25th, 2022 at 10:16 am

Hi Bobby,

On BWTA the old Losing Trick Count says you have enough for 4S even without the CQ although that is probably pushing it. Much depends on the diamond fit, of course.



bobbywolffJanuary 25th, 2022 at 2:32 pm

Hi Iain,

Yes and no doubt a winning rule to follow, especially for ones who have positively developed their declarer play, is to bid em up when holding good distribution and have been vigorously supported since in most cases those hands play well, unless, and of course, the fates are unkind.

IOW, although not in a position to anywhere near knowing what to expect from dummy, except good trump support and a smattering of values. Call it Losing Trick Count or whatever matches one’s fancy, but just do it and your partnership will thrive (except, of course for ones afflicted with TOCM TM) or, of course playing against cheats who no doubt, would get lucky when West decided to lead the Ace and another diamond.

And still there are many who still want to give those cheats forgiveness and allow them to have another chance to INFEST our otherwise beautiful competition.

Also just try to prove cheating by such a lead, and continuation, since it cannot and would not happen, isn’t it total folly to sit idly by and have a bunch of creeps devastate what most all of us think is such a marvelous enterprise.

Isn’t it also time to totally adjust our thinking to once actually caught cheating, especially when playing in august tournaments, to quote Edgar Allan Poe’s Raven, “NEVERMORE”!

Iain ClimieJanuary 25th, 2022 at 3:15 pm

Hi Bobby,

On the subject of malpractice. West with Unauthorised Info could find DA and then a small one.



Steve ConradJanuary 25th, 2022 at 7:45 pm

I concur with your admonitions about cheaters. Now that there is a club open near me – and it gets 10-12 tables (used to be 30), requires real masks (cloth alone is not adequate) and blah blah — I no longer play online. I teach online — so much more productive — but I will not play online. Cheating upsets me, so rather than getting upset, I do not play online. At my local club, I know the people and there is no cheating. They even have unhealthy snacks, but so far no tailgate parties.

bobbywolffJanuary 25th, 2022 at 8:17 pm

Hi Steve,

Thanks for your vote of confidence.

Yes and no doubt, the Pandemic has had a major shift against our beloved game, but when Mother Nature and such sins there is little we can understandably do to prevent it.

Cheating is an inside job and, at least to me, it would be difficult to impossible to find a greater crime than to steal ego (not to mention money and fame) when to do so presents a lower side of life (perhaps the lowest) better off to wind up in Hell flanked by others of the same quality.

Thanks for writing.

bobbywolffJanuary 25th, 2022 at 8:51 pm

Hi again,

And to go further, when first Boye investigating and then Avon releasing his great book, complete with incredibly detailed information followed, anyone who is in denial of the Italian Blue Team cheating is only kidding himself or herself with the goody, goody hope of no one group of people can be so evil.

Yes I was there and both saw and felt it as strongly as anyone could feel, and that was before all the hands verifying it in every way possible, thanks to those two with immense help from others.

Even today, at least to me, there is still more chance that the world is flat, not round, than believing that the Blue Team didn’t cheat.

Yes, back over 600 years ago, before the Columbus voyage, there was probably some reason for not knowing the geography of the world, but today, having any thought of the horrible episodes of cheating, laid out in all its infamy, is totally beyond belief.

Other than the above, I have little more to say except thank you to those who have proved it beyond the shadow of a doubt!.

Iain ClimieJanuary 25th, 2022 at 10:40 pm

Hi Steve ,

Unhealthy snacks usually taste the best in my experience.



Steven ConradJanuary 26th, 2022 at 10:43 am

I adore the peanut M&Ms. People tell me I should keep in shape. Round IS a shape, isn’t it?