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The Aces on Bridge: Tuesday, March 7th, 2023


Iain ClimieMarch 21st, 2023 at 3:25 pm

Hi Bobby,

A really wide awake and slightly mad East could spot South’s failure to cue-bid 4H too and double 5H as a bluff leaving West to lead the H8 or similar.

7N by North is a different matter of course. With some partners I play that 2N over 1C / 1D is Baron showing a balanced 16+ count and asking partner to bid 4+ card suits up the line but I wouldn’t normally hide the 4 card H suit. Annoying for NS but well defended by W.



bobby WolffMarch 21st, 2023 at 9:52 pm

Hi Iain,

Yes a psychic double by the defense is a rare occurence, but close attention by the defending side might allow a match turning event, to be talked about for a long time.

When East becomes alerted to a possible diamond fit, would often be a convenient time to think about being a rogue, therein allowing a keen partnership to throw up a very intelligent smoke screen.

However, before any jumping for joy upon learning a new ruse, picture what might happen, if the opponents overbid and needed another heart trick for contract and sad though it might be, South, not North might hold the precious heart queen basically giving declarer no real chance to succeed without just ducking the opening heart lead.

Point, but counter point, is the lesson learned, allowing the last laugh being theirs and nothing else but a severe moan, yours.

Iain ClimieMarch 22nd, 2023 at 9:05 am

Hi Bobby,

The perils of trying to be too clever of course! After the H8 worked though, I hope West remembered to thank East for holding the D6 as well as the 109 sitting over the J87. If declarer had held it, he can still bring the diamond suit in by starting with the DJ. You’ve got to feel for NS here though – it is a very good 7N.



Lee McGovernMarch 22nd, 2023 at 11:32 am

Hi Bobby,

I would be interested in your views on the recent acceleration in AI (Artificial Intelligence) and whether you think it could develop a ingenious new bidding system?



bobby WolffMarch 22nd, 2023 at 1:15 pm

Hi Iain,

At least in bridge, the thank you’s you talk about are usually not voiced, but rather by either body or more likely, rapid face movements. When brains battle, rather than bodies, one’s cherished intelligence has what amounts to a nervous joust.

Here, and when dealing with experienced players, no one needs to say anything about luck, since all present are definitely aware of it.

bobby WolffMarch 22nd, 2023 at 1:28 pm

Hi Lee,

First, welcome to the AOB website.

Your question is extremely topical and definitely YES for an answer, but only by the very top world players and theorists who are willing to take the time to do so.

Lee McGovernMarch 22nd, 2023 at 6:13 pm

Would you be willing to participate in this endeavour?

bobby wolffMarch 22nd, 2023 at 8:47 pm

Hi Lee,

Yes, but depending on how much time it takes out of my still hectic schedule, even at my extreme age.