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The Aces on Bridge: Friday, October 28th, 2022


A V Ramana RaoNovember 11th, 2022 at 3:43 pm

Hi Dear Mr Wolff
The dummy reversal coupled with squeeze is most appealing but perhaps south ( or north for that matter)would be more comfortable playing six clubs . The advantage of 4-4 over 5-4 fit would have been felt quite distinctly. Even a beginner would make twelve tricks . But is there any mechanism of reaching there. Your wisdom please

A V Ramana RaoNovember 11th, 2022 at 3:45 pm

Please ignore. Terrible blind spot

Iain ClimieNovember 11th, 2022 at 5:10 pm

Hi Bobby,

A quick query from last night. Love all weak pairs, but playing one of the better ones and RHO opens 1S. I held Ax AQ AJ10 KQ10xxx so doubled. LHO bids 3S and RHO informs us umprompted this is agreed as very weak. Partner doubles responsively and clearly hasn’t more than 2S. If he has the CA 3N is easy but surely he’s got a fair bit more (how many points are there in this pack?) so now what do you suggest?

Regards, Iain

Iain ClimieNovember 11th, 2022 at 7:15 pm

PS I loved the quote today, presumably from The Devil’s Dictionary. Can you imagine the fun Mr. Bierce could have had with bridge if he’d been around today? Something like “Partner – the 3rd opponent at the table, and seemingly the most ill-disposed at that.” “Trial bid – one guilty of passing the buck on a decision to the person more likely to get it wrong (see also optional double).” Happy to accept other (and better) suggestions – anyone care to collate them?