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The Aces on Bridge: Tuesday, 14 November, 2023


bobbywolffNovember 14th, 2023 at 2:00 pm

Hi Eveyone,

Well, possibly Mr. Henry David Thoreau would be hearing from the defenders of this otherwise
sound bridge competition of this hand, when upon listening to the overall bidding and then after by bridge law, being required to make a blind opening lead, does so, but is then confronted with being squarely in the eye of intelligent transition, to change directions which magically turns out to match what all experts would suggest, a forcing game, allowing what to happen to the hand which, at the very least, figures to be very similar to what it should be, only to likely determine which of the two unseen hands possesses the simple 10 of trumps. Almost the direct antithesis of Thoreau’s down putting quote. Live and hopefully
learn, but also be man enough to admit piping off, but then living the part of being wrong, but instead, having the thrill of directing the “kill”!

Poets can have fun, too!

Iain ClimieNovember 14th, 2023 at 4:00 pm

Hi Bobby,

Long odds against (especially as South would bid 4S) but could he have AQJxx None Jx KQJxxx and decided to bid the spades first (or had an RR moment in the black suits). Then a club works at ewither T2 or when West takes the SK. East has to play the H2 and H3 of course to get the message over.

At least North didn’t try to take the money off 3HX which he might have done with (say) HQJxx.



Iain ClimieNovember 14th, 2023 at 4:15 pm

TBF, East with 10xx A9xxx 109xxx None will probably bid 5D too.


bobbywolffNovember 14th, 2023 at 9:16 pm

Hi Iain,

No doubt, I agree with you about trying to do one’s best with this unusual combination
of cards. I tend to not think of anyone, while holding 5, 6 in spades and clubs to prefer to open 1 spade since almost everyone would (should) go out of their way to open 1 club and then rebid spades (if possible) if only to make it easy for the partnership to eventually wind up in the right suit and then hopefully the right level.

Also, a particular habit of mine is not to make final decisions (such as passing partner’s intended TO double) without a great reason for doing so. Through the many years of playing it is best (I think and it says so here) to be responsible for as few double takes as possible and I use the word double for more than a single reason.