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The Aces on Bridge: Saturday April 1st, 2023


Iain ClimieApril 15th, 2023 at 7:34 pm

Hi Bobby,

I sympathise with West but does the contract have any chance on a club lead? A trump is also possible, as it is often the “book” lead against a contract where one hand has a two suiter thus trying to stop ruffs in the other hand (although not today).



bobby wolffApril 15th, 2023 at 8:55 pm

Hi Iain,

Many players like to compare the intellectual worth of games and both chess and bridge are among the most likely to discuss. While, no doubt, chess requires both deep thought as well as the necessary experience to even have a chance to defeat a better technical opponent, bridge, while possessing extremely varied and problematical and original situations, seems to offer more ways to win as well as to lose, when off one’s game.

IOW, our beloved game, when one considers the wide spectrum of choice available in all three major aspects of bidding, play and defense he or she needs to be especially adept at all three, otherwise I may instead recommend a book on losing gracefully. No one can legitimately have a concrete opinion as to which game offers
the more challenges, but for my opinion of worthwhile variety, methinks the playing of bridge will win easily and especially hands down, unless and until those nasty opponents’ object to that edge.

bobby wolffApril 15th, 2023 at 9:05 pm

Hi again Iain,

No, I do not think declarer can make 4 spades without the very helpful diamond lead.
Of course, my easy and overwhelming choice of the jack of hearts will defeat them quicker, but never make those great leads, when and if, you would enjoy those opponents to die at a slower pace.