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The Aces on Bridge: Friday, March 4th, 2022


Iain ClimieMarch 18th, 2022 at 9:05 am

Hi Bobby,

Given that North’s H stop is solid enough, 3N by South works well. I’d risk it at pairs but not so sure at Umps although it could easily be a hand where 9 tricks would be the limit.



Steve ConradMarch 18th, 2022 at 1:09 pm

Hi Bobby and Iain,

I would think the opposite way. With solid spade and no extra trick coming from ruffing with those spades, I wouild bid 3NT at IMPs and would probably stick with the field at MPs, albeit with some reluctance. When I did bid 3NT on a very similar deal a few years ago, I was the only one in 3NT and got a top when there were the same 10 tricks in either contract. Solid suits and NT tend to work very nicely — which supports Iain’s approach.


bobbywolffMarch 18th, 2022 at 1:38 pm

Hi Iain,

You’ve first outlined my job description, a time consuming but very rewarding experience, especially so, when we can concoct the location of all 52 cards, to prove (sort of and often enough) to which our words seem to make sense.

With nary a thought to be seriously criticized, since, unlike just life at the bridge table, we can show what we want held by the never failing (well almost), bridge layout.

Thank all of you, for our pretty soft conditions, especially when attached to scintillating people like you, and enough more than lovely and very knowledgeable others, who seem to tacitly agree, but even more so, help these chosen hands, by their design, come alive.

bobbywolffMarch 18th, 2022 at 3:24 pm

Hi Steve,

Thanks for relating your experience and their results.

My take, over many years, is not much to report, only that many different results have kept me from suggesting any tried and true way in which to rely.

The many factors involved, including the fickle dealer, lady luck, have in the past and, I guess, in the future preclude me from forming a firm opinion, only that the side circumstances, including the type of game, who happen to be the opponents, adding to the hesitations by those cagey opponents all become worthwhile factors in decision making.

IOW, I cannot even pretend to offer any knowledge which has not been given before.

Good luck to all of us who take things when they appear and do the best we can.