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The Aces on Bridge: Tuesday, March 14th, 2023


Iain ClimieMarch 29th, 2023 at 10:31 am

Hi Bobby,

If West leads the D7 or even 9 at T3, should East find the DK if declarer ducks in dummy? Clearly South has DAJx(x) so, if East stops to think, he might realise that this could mess up entries and trap declarer on table or at least be unable to eliminate diamonds as required.

In the 1950s (I believe) at one London club, experts sometimes kibitzed weaker players, one expert per player, and rang a bell if there were mistakes in play. There would be a discussion at the end of the hand and if (as usually happened) the expert criticism was correct, the player was fined. Occasionally, the boot was on the other foot and the expert paid more. Players like Kenneth Konstam and Adam Meredith (both in 1the 1955 British team for the Bermuda bowl) were involved. Trouble is, nobody realises the bell is about to be rung at T3 when sitting East. It is always easy when you know something different is needed.



Iain ClimieMarch 29th, 2023 at 2:08 pm

I have also known a few players who would have been better off ringing their own bells. This would partly have saved time but also would have had appropriate references to the Middle Ages although perhaps “Unsound” rather than “Unclean” would be more appropriate. Not that I’m cynical….

bobby wolffMarch 29th, 2023 at 2:29 pm

Hi Iain,

The names you mention are very familiar to me since Victor Mollo came to Dallas, perhaps 40+ years ago and wrote a bridge book, “Play bridge with the Aces”, although never published, and stayed at my house while doing it.

Also both Kenneth Konstam and Adam Meredith as well as Boris Shapiro were well known to me and often in my company.