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The Aces on Bridge: Sunday, March 13th, 2022


Iain ClimieMarch 27th, 2022 at 7:10 pm

Hi Bobby,

On Close Call’s query should partner stretch because he’ll know where the high cards are situated? OK, thatvis subject to a good H stoo in case opener has (say) HKQJ10x and an entry amongst his / her assets.



bobbywolffMarch 27th, 2022 at 8:26 pm

Hi Iain,

Truthfully, (meaning who knows, likely no one), it becomes too close to call.

Therefore the best any partnership (meaning average players, mediocre experience, all the way to the top of the heap) can do is be consistent with
judgment. That, of course, includes what he or she needs to pass, raise to 2NT or jump to 3 as well as the 1NT responder will. when he gets the buck passed back to him, when partner merely raises to 2.

Not rocket science, nor any unusual talent necessary, only the knowledge of just how aggressive your partner tends to be with that bidding sequence.

Yes, with an aggressive partner I would be a bit conservative, but with a sound one, I would tend to go for game.

Sadly, even though that decision may very much tend to help or hurt your winning position, there is no magic formula available and likely lady luck will reign.

Be consistent and the law of averages will do the right thing (at least it says here), but my experience has indicated that she will.

However, the impetus is always and decidedly in favor of the aggressor, causing most excellent players, to take the bait and bid em up which, in turn, often puts telling pressure on those unlucky opponents.