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The Aces on Bridge: Monday, March 28th, 2022


A V Ramana RaoApril 12th, 2022 at 3:39 pm

Hi Dear Mr Wolff
Perhaps more than west, east must be wide awake. Club ten ( and nine) happen to be vital cards with east .Since the lead promises club Q , east can afford to overtake with A and shift to a diamond which would take west off the hook and the contract must go down as declarer loses one trick in each suit irrespective of whether west takes first or second trump . Without club ten of course, east cannot afford to overtake in case south has J10 which would expose west to ruffing finesse in clubs

bobbywolffApril 12th, 2022 at 6:30 pm


You would be a good person to go mountain climbing with, since you are always trying to build a fence around partner by not going to sleep while on a mission.

The mission is a short cut definition of playing good bridge, but heaven and everyone else would also know, that I am not suggesting for anyone to climb mountains, only to feel obligated to at least try and keep partner awake, whether or not he or she suffers from a tendency to doze off.

Yes, my message is written in good spirits, now that we have found new life with my contact with all the people I dearly love, for making our bridge site the place to be.

Thanks for your always informative advice, which, and of course, included necessary possible exceptions, and why, to the process, helping make you a teacher of bridge for all seasons.

Not to mention a better teacher than our column who, like Mollo or Simon, would have the opening leader decide to lead the king of clubs, not having the queen (for whatever reason, perhaps a singleton or aggressively from Kx) or whatever will get rapt but, at least some degree of both sympathy and/or no doubt, attention.