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The Aces on Bridge: Saturday, 14 October, 2023


A V Ramana RaoOctober 14th, 2023 at 7:11 am

Hi Dear Mr Wolff
Wishing You
” A Very Happy Birthday and Many More Happy Returns”
With all best wishes and regards

Iain ClimieOctober 14th, 2023 at 10:17 am

Hi Bobby,

Have a great day and thanks for all the wisdom and entertainment.



Joe1October 14th, 2023 at 10:25 am

Congrats! 59 is it?

Wouldn’t 3NT by N be better?

jim2October 14th, 2023 at 11:37 am

Happy 19th Birthday!

Sometimes TOCM ™ type actions are good! 🙂

bobbywolffOctober 14th, 2023 at 1:23 pm


Much thanks for your wishes. While my bridge % table tells me differently, I will settle for
a half-dozen, and since I’m always (like you) trying to steal a trick, make it a half-baker’s one.


bobbywolffOctober 14th, 2023 at 1:29 pm

Hi Iain,

My wisdom was in getting guys like you to find and join together with the game we all love, to provide the entertainment!

bobbywolffOctober 14th, 2023 at 1:32 pm

Much thanks Joe 1 and you did get one numeral correct, but like the long ago American comedian, Jack Benny, he was always 39 instead of the added 20.

Shantanu RastogiOctober 14th, 2023 at 1:41 pm

Happy birthday Bobby Sir


Shantanu Rastogi

bobbywolffOctober 14th, 2023 at 1:50 pm

Hi Jim2,

Me being 19 again is very much like the bridge gods giving you any kind of a break but, in truth, once achieving an advanced age allows thoughts of “once through the pack (all fifty two of them) is just about enough to allow mother nature to determine whether one’s next finesse to be worth it.

And since I hear that in heaven all suits break well and needed finesse’s work, so how can it not be a wonderful experience (even for Roth-Stone)?

bobbywolffOctober 14th, 2023 at 1:58 pm

Hi Shantanu,

Many thanks for the birthday wish, but quit showing me up with all your bridge knowledge.
Truthfully, my (our) lives have both been blessed when, for whatever reason(s) bridge
came calling into both of ours.

It certainly beats having to work hard for a living.

bobbywolffOctober 14th, 2023 at 2:19 pm

Hi again Joe1,

Yes it probably is, as long as East’s choice of lead is not the club King, if only for lesser information about the spade guess.

Likely we all do not realize just how much information is constantly provided by both the bidding and the opening lead, to which it makes it difficult to determine just how much is determined by first the above and then as the play progresses, including the thought breaks by both the defense and by the declarer and, of course, sometimes before the opening lead and on some hands the time taken before different plays are made, especially when the ethics of the game pass scrutiny.

Winning is often tied to that fact alone, allowing rapt attention by winning players to often make the difference.

Patrick CheuOctober 14th, 2023 at 3:34 pm

Hi Bobby, Happy Birthday! Hope you have a lovely day. Cheers Patrick

bobbywolffOctober 14th, 2023 at 6:16 pm

Hi Patrick,

No doubt most everyone tries to live as long as he or she can, enabling the one in charge
to slowly, at least at first, begin to create an obstacle course. but not as simple as to castle
one’s king.

Many thanks for your good wishes and especially for your always sunny disposition. Or is that more evident when you play or discuss our favorite game?

Patrick CheuOctober 14th, 2023 at 8:56 pm

Hi Bobby,Methinks I am too serious as far as Bridge is concerned..and more jovial when not playing.But like many others I am in my element when playing and can never say No to this lovely game which has been a large part of my life. I have been to Las Vegas to watch a big tournament there many years ago. If memories serve me were there too! Ha Ha

David SnookOctober 14th, 2023 at 10:48 pm

Happy birthday!

This column is always a good read, and a great lesson in smart bridge play…

bobbywolffOctober 14th, 2023 at 11:32 pm

Hi David,

The reason our column is a good read has all to do with a combination of your real love for the game and the ability to continue to improve all the phases of it. from the bidding, better and more effective opening leads, straight through to using the evidence almost always available to give your side the maximum chance to get the best result.

No accident that, but available to most who have at least some arithmetical talent plus the intense concentration necessary in order to take advantage of your partnership bidding system to both find the right contract and have the confidence and ability to play one’s cards in a winning effort to score it up, or on defense find a way to give their partnership their best defense in defeating a worthy foe. Nothing more, but decidedly nothing less.