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The Aces on Bridge: Tuesday, November 8th, 2022


Iain Martin ClimieNovember 22nd, 2022 at 9:15 am

Hi Bobby,

A couple of minor points today, the first of which is relevant to yesterday’s hand too. Firstly, tempo has to be smooth to avoid the risk of Unauthorised Information. Secondly, bidding 3H, even if it gets 3S, may deter a heart lead. If partner holds (say) H10xx, then a heart ruff is one of the ways in which 4S could go off.



bobbywolffNovember 22nd, 2022 at 3:04 pm

Hi Iain Martin,

A melodic new name is finally added to no doubt trump up (controversial) your always cordial self, allowing original thoughts on our favorite game.

In the old days when almost everyone led the king from AK, but the ace from AK doubleton, the defense would go quicker.

Your point about ethics is also valid, but everyone connected to that has to realize,
that some thought has to be allowed, especially after the lead of the ace and then the king. My opinion would likely be to rather not concentrate only on slow downs, but instead encourage the playing of even tempo in obvious, non-controversial follow suits. Strangely, an immediate fast play from a defender often conveys a small amount of UI, although in most cases, the player doesn’t intend to.

Iain ClimieNovember 22nd, 2022 at 3:24 pm

Hi Bobby,

Auto populate struck, I don’t have an extra twin. Strangely close relatives call me Martin as my dad’s name was Ian. All a bit peculiar.


bobbywolffNovember 22nd, 2022 at 5:08 pm

Hi Mr. (compromise) Climie,

Which moniker do you prefer?

Perhaps when you were born, your dad used his influence to give you an “I” in hopes
of giving you confidence.

If he did, no one could deny that he succeeded, and in the best possible way!

Iain ClimieNovember 22nd, 2022 at 11:38 pm

HI Bobby,

Very much Iain – cheers.

Iain (M)