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The Aces on Bridge: Monday, 3 June, 2024


Iain ClimieJune 3rd, 2024 at 2:43 pm

hi Bobby,

In “Why you lose at bridge”, S J Simon warned of the dangers of rapid play at T1 (although the likes of Zia seem to cope well enough) and quoted a particular hand where one of his characters (Mr. Smug) messes everything up in a 4S (I think) contract where he announces when dummy appears “May have missed slam partner” before going off in game as “everything was wrong” (especially the choice of declarer from dummy’s viewpoint). SJS said that Smug’s call for a card before dummy had even been fully exposed was typical but he hadn’t managed to construct a hand where he could make that mistake costly. Today, however….



bobbywolffJune 4th, 2024 at 2:05 am

Hi Iain,

Yes, “Why You Lose At Bridge”, by S J SIMON, was a significant treasure, and richly deserving of an important place in organized bridge history. It focused on the telling disaster plays
which, too often, took a turn down, in a contract which should have been made.

Bad habits in bridge are quite often offered, by even above average players, who fail, very early in the play, to consider alternate lines of play, in case of a surprise suit holding by one or even both of the worthy opponents.