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The Aces on Bridge: Wednesday, April 20th, 2022


Iain Martin ClimieMay 4th, 2022 at 12:57 pm

Hi Bobby,

Can I just raise a query about a regular contributor from whom we haven’t heard much recently? David Warheit, are you OK as I know you had some health issues a little while back? All the best in any event.



bobbywolffMay 4th, 2022 at 1:41 pm

Hi Iain and hopefully David,

Yes, it has been way too long since we have last heard from you. Let’s hope that the column’s loss of his sincere and always right-on and superior analysis is not caused by serious or even nagging and/or extremely irritating health problems.

In any event, he needs to know, as you so timely have implied, all of us here, have missed what he has consistently brought to all of us bridge lovers.

God’s speed and love from all of us who
have enjoyed your candid and always straight to the point, excellent bridge advice.

How do you think the declarer should organize his play on today’s hand?

A V Ramana RaoMay 4th, 2022 at 1:49 pm

Hi Dear Mr Wolff
Yes, we have not heard from David since quite some time.. He is another mature analyst .Hope everything is fine with him.
And it is not understandable why declarer finessed diamond instead of heart at table one. After winning the lead, leading low spade is excellent move as normally tha hand which preempted would not have a side Ace. And east may have at least one red K but there is a risk of east having a low singleton diamond. So after winning spade at T2 , lead heart and finesse. If it loses, west will return a club. King wins with south pitching spade and finesses diamond. But today, heart finesse wins. Cash A of heart and now south loses only three tricks making the contract. The diamond finesse as played is unwarranted and premature

bobbywolffMay 4th, 2022 at 2:18 pm


Thanks for taking the time and, of course, again showing great effort to suggest what you deem to be the best play.

All that I can add to what you say, is to suggest that since East appears to likely have shown seven of his cards to be in clubs, therefore likely being the defender with the fewer hearts, in turn then, if holding the crucial jack, instead of the king, having it drop on the second lead of the suit from hand, should West have originally held the king. If so then hail to lady luck who saw to dealing the dummy the lovely nine of hearts, which would enable declarer to reach dummy for a possible overtrick with the king of diamonds onside, if playing matchpoints.

What a tangled web we weave, even if by doing so, it is not to deceive.

Nothing above is anything others do not know and suspect, only a reminder how important simple arithmetic plays crucial roles with so many play problems, especially important on close hands.