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The Aces on Bridge: Thursday, November 24th, 2022


Bobby WolffDecember 8th, 2022 at 2:57 pm

Hi Everyone,

To play bridge well enough, one needs to learn both technique (bidding and declarer play), as well as defense (educated opening lead based primarily on the biding, legal signaling, and timing, which can be narrowed down to taking enough tricks to set declarer, before he out races you to the finish line with enough tricks).

On the way to that forum is to not give that show away to the defense, if declarer, when little to nothing is gained, nor to declarer when deception can prevent that

On such a full sea is this hand to rest and better to obfuscate when defenders, since viewing their own cards and their position should be enough to understand when that becomes necessaryl Yes, subtle and at least some experience may be required, but without that quality, a defensive partnership severely limits its growth.

MirceaDecember 8th, 2022 at 3:48 pm

Sound advice, thank you Bobby!

Are you saying that on this hand it was not necessary for West to make the suit-preference signal?

Also, on BWTA, would you still overcall 1NT if the red suits were swapped between themselves?

Bobby WolffDecember 9th, 2022 at 4:05 pm

Hi Mircea,

We’ll never know the answer to your question and I’ll be just as vague. At least in my
judgment, I will try to determine whether it is better or worse to tip pard off and it has a lot to do with how far along my partner has developed against just how adept declarer has become in using that information to his advantage.

In short cut the above is a cat and mouse answer, a method I too often refer to when
yes or no would always be much more definitive.

The answer to your BWTA question is that I prefer a TO double rather than 1NT to the tune of 55% to 45%, but it was too close for me to overrule. Sometimes the ungarnished truth serves a worthwhile purpose and makes us all feel good, at least me.

Bobby WolffDecember 9th, 2022 at 4:08 pm

Hi again Mircea,

Then definitely double causing me to use my executive privilege to which I do not enjoy