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The Aces on Bridge: Sunday, September 11th, 2022


Iain ClimieSeptember 25th, 2022 at 7:53 pm

Hi Bobby,

Not to do with today’s postings but I have to admit I have only played once F2F since lockdown started in March 2020 and have only played against robots (e.g. BBO 4 hands online) occasionally online – no “proper” sessions even there. I’m playing on Thursday when down visiting friends in Weymouth so we’ll see if I can remember anything. There again I did manage to get back up to speed quickly after a 25 year break so hopefuolly no problems.



clarksburgSeptember 26th, 2022 at 2:36 am

Hello Bobby
Related to In Competition’s question and your answer:
You indicated that with everyone bidding in that known part-score battle you’d need little more than four trumps to compete.
What if Partner’s opens 1S and your RHO makes a two-level overcall? What would you need (strength and trump length) for a raise to 2S?

Bobby WolffSeptember 26th, 2022 at 1:54 pm

Hi Iain,

I and all who know you, will very likely know you will almost immediately be up to speed, as soon as you pick up your first bridge hand in Weymouth.

Whatever it will take, whether it be the sight of the ducats (cards rather than coins), the feeling of winning, or just the thrill of your love of the game, will respond positively to the challenge.

Keep us posted, or better yet, share your winnings with us in the form of interesting hands worth discussing.

Good luck, always helpful, but, in your case, not necessary.

Bobby WolffSeptember 26th, 2022 at 2:23 pm

Hi Clarksburg,

Good question, but mainly just a question of style, IOW, different strokes for different folks, but each of us need to be consistent, allowing partner a better opportunity to take it from there.

For example, if holding: s. Qxx, h. x, d, xxxxx
c. Qxxx would you give what could be called a courtesy raise by some, but merely a pass by others? IMO, neither action is necessarily right or wrong, but allowing partner to now guess right later, of course, depending strictly on his hand, but also keeping in touch with your tendencies, gets him up to speed.

FWIW, I prefer bidding since my hand dictates, if not, by choosing a pass, instead of a raise, by the time it gets back to me I will be ln much too high a level to accurately be well placed.

Yes, in a pinch, “bid em high and avoid the horror of “sleeping in the streets”. True, by doing so may, at times, lead to a doubled set, but, at the least, you will have died with your boots on. Not without giving the partnership a boost with your valor, instead of remaining silent and be stolen from, because partner was deprived of the more valuable information of at least a semi-fit in his suit.

However, the above subject should be agreed
on before. But alas, no guarantees!

Iain ClimieSeptember 26th, 2022 at 2:53 pm

Hi Bobby,

Many thanks for that and I’ll let you at the weekend know how things went.