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The Aces on Bridge: Thursday, September 22nd, 2022


A V Ramana RaoOctober 6th, 2022 at 3:13 pm

Hi Dear Mr Wolff
Strictly in lighter vein: perhaps one should appreciate north’s wisdom in passing three NT holding that precious J of spades. Without that card, he might have converted to four clubs

Bobby WolffOctober 6th, 2022 at 4:20 pm


Joining the same vein as you, allowing South to first ask West what he or her is going to lead against 5 clubs.

If, in response, West shrugs and then ventures a diamond, South (then declarer) will, of course pass, since 10 tricks will be the limit when East wins the diamond ace and switches to spades.

If, indeed, West replies any other suit, South will gather himself together and raise to game.

Our difficult to play but beautiful competition might be much easier to play if the declarer is allowed only one question to ask his hostile opening leader, binding him or her, to a truthful answer.

Maybe one day someone will change our rules to all double dummy openness. Methinks, if done, there will be far different players at the top of the list in wins, but perhaps the answer is already in the cards, with our “par contests” then being officially reinstated.

clarksburgOctober 6th, 2022 at 4:23 pm

On Bid with Aces how about Crawling Stayman? (responder’s 2H over 2D shows weak with both majors; opener to pass or correct).
Your thought on that convention?

Bobby WolffOctober 6th, 2022 at 5:00 pm

Hi Clarksburg,

Prefer the AOB approach because of the potential game bonus involved, plus an additional bias by being averse to creepy, crawly insects.

The valid answer is too close to call, meaning not worth wasting time deciding,