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The Aces on Bridge: Friday, March 11th, 2022


bobbywolffMarch 25th, 2022 at 1:05 pm

Hi Everyone,

The magic continues, except this card combination lends itself to leading the jack, not a surround card (nine). That is a good example of being proficient with numbers, since that talent allows easier transition to success.

And BTW, since I wrote what I did on yesterday’s hand, I now remember almost exactly when I first became awed with the lead of the queen from AQ10 when my partner (then in the summer of 1955 during the Los Angeles Bridge Week at the Ambassador Hotel in LA was my then partner, Eddie Kantar who switched to the queen of diamonds with Kxx in dummy (on his left) and caught me with xxxx and declarer with Jxx, I, of course, thought he only had the QJ and perhaps the 10, but when I got in with a trump trick had nothing better to do than return a diamond to which his magic had worked.

Although totally dumbfounded, I remained in awe of what he had done and have appreciated it, ever since.

He, I believe, is about one month older than I, and have always regarded his bridge talent to be immense, but although my current memory is decreasing with age, I will never forget that moment. I guess learning from one’s elders (sorry Eddie) is a common thing, but old or not, some former times become, as singer Nat King Cole has reminded us, is “UNFORGETABLE”!

Iain ClimieMarch 25th, 2022 at 6:20 pm

Hi Bobby,

I wonder who first found the surround play at the table rather than working through possibilities. Does show the benefits of homework though.



bobbywolffMarch 25th, 2022 at 9:26 pm

Hi Iain,

As per my above description, so many years ago, when I first saw the result,
I marveled first of the sheer grace of it, then the development of a whole trick, and finally, as time went by, the various ways it can be pulled off.

Perhaps our game, first popularized by the New Yorker magazine (perhaps almost 100 years ago) competition, offered, in addition to progressive mind battles, then, the subtle beauty of blending numbers into reality, and finally, the cleverness of trying to out think one’s adversaries in so many different ways.

Now, while in the present, all high level partnerships are trying to use every bid possible to its greatest advantage.

Maybe overkill has finally arrived, but if so, not without causing many of us to continue our love affair with our super challenging non contact sport.