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The Aces on Bridge: Saturday, December 10th, 2022


A V Ramana RaoDecember 24th, 2022 at 10:06 am

Hi Dear Mr Wolff
Another instructive hand highlighting defense. Without heart nine shift and ducking club A, declarer would have easy time. It certainly needs table presence both to lead heart nine and to duck club once. Of course, if trumps were to break, perhaps even Mrs Guggenheim would make eleven tricks ( though she would count the tricks only after the play is completed)

Bobby WolffDecember 24th, 2022 at 2:29 pm


Thanks for your delightful review which, as always, covers the necessary plays (this time by the defense) required for success. The inclusion concerning Mrs. Guggenheim might even occur by better declarers than she, only further highlighting what this specific defense required.

Little by little all of us, including all levels of play, may learn the many varied tricks (please excuse the reference) of the high-level bridge trade.

Bobby WolffDecember 24th, 2022 at 2:45 pm

Hi again, but this time everyone,

Concerning the BWTA, 2 diamonds may be and is slightly an underbid (concerning the honor trick holdings) but calling it misdirected is a bit extreme. However, it may serve as a good lesson on how to try and take 8 tricks to 5 while playing a 3-3 fit at the two level.

I believe it was the dear and departed Al Roth who used to offer” “I’ll be OK if I get past this bid (2 clubs), without mentioning how to declare, when not”.