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The Aces on Bridge: Thursday, January 12th, 2023


Patrick CheuJanuary 26th, 2023 at 6:27 pm

Hi Bobby, Many moons ago, this bidding quiz from 2004 calender: N 1C S ? What should South bid? South holds Q652 874 AK96 73. You gave 1D cos most of the high card strength in diamonds n no reason to bypass the question being do you stand by that now? I prefer 1S cos me thinks I have values for only one bid and it’s important to get in the spades before they go on my left 2H or 3H..Whereas if I have xxxx spades and AKxx diamonds perhaps 1D..hope it does not sound double Dutch..:) What say you?

Patrick CheuJanuary 26th, 2023 at 6:37 pm

Hi Bobby again, The quotation to the 23 April hand of that year- ‘A definition is enclosing a wilderness of idea within a wall of words.’ -Samuel Butler. All these years you continue to inspire us with quotations that relates to the play of bridge hands.Perhaps we can apply these to life as well. Regards Patrick

Bobby WolffJanuary 26th, 2023 at 7:19 pm

Hi Patrick,

In response to what South should respond to 1 club with the hand you gave is actually a double edge answer since 1 spade deprives the opponents of a 1 heart overcall, but 1 diamond (with its strength) is more descriptive. While it can make a difference, it is difficult to predict since, bridge being the game it is, sometimes those overcalls help the declarer more than they do the defensive bidder.

Leaving the truth like love, when and wherever you find it. However a walky-talky partner will always comment on what one does, as long as he leaves the impression, that he alone is the best judge.

Yes, those wonderfully intended quotes can certainly win the day, but then the simple question of “What’s for dinner?” also may have its place.

Thanks for all the beautiful comments you have always contributed to all who tune in. Just remembering our blind like and love for so many years is enough to warm my heart (assuming I have one).

jim2January 26th, 2023 at 10:33 pm

Patrick Cheu –

I am not Our Host, but I would bid 1D.

The original reasoning still stands. Additionally (IIRC), the bidding sequence (with opponents silent) 1C – 1D – 1H – 1S is natural, and pard could be 4-4-2-3 – in which case the 4-4 fit is not lost.

I would also note that 9 HPs facing 1C opening suggests to me that we have the balance of strength. The three small hearts suggests that the only way that LHO is likely to have a long heart suit is if pard has a long club suit, in which case I really would prefer to get a diamond lead (and NOT a spade) if they outbid us in hearts.

I think some partnerships treat a double by pard of a heart overcall or jump overcall in this sort of sequence as showing four spades. If one is using this treatment, it even more argues for a 1D call.

Patrick CheuJanuary 27th, 2023 at 11:29 am

Hi Jim, Thanks for your constructive comment..really appreciate your thoughts from another angle..I play 1S 4th suit forcing only to 1N..not sure how Bobby or Iain would play this as..Good to hear from you. Regards Patrick