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The Aces on Bridge: Thursday, 20 June, 2024


Steve ConradJune 20th, 2024 at 12:46 am

Hi Bobby,

Your questions on bidding and leading have always been so on-target and pedagogically perfect that I like to ask my students a “Bobby Wolff Question” before each lesson — and, unprodded, several students have said they really enjoy these tidbits.

So I went to older columns from several years back and . . .

All I saw was comments. No columns. Just comments.

Comments are fun — but . . .


bobbywolffJune 20th, 2024 at 2:26 pm

Hi Steve,

First, thanks much, for your reference to my being on target when discussing a bridge
tenet or such, and only hope my very long ago school teachers, read your compliment, though, sadly for me, for at least things dissimilar to bridge, they just may not have totally agreed with you, like only most or, likely, all of them.

However your comment on its popularity, resounds to me, since I have always thought that the general thought of applying bridge logic, often thought to be intimately involved with simple arithmetic, becomes the powerful force behind our best player’s somewhat constant success, although to master that winning ability, definitely requires time and, because of its being directed to bridge, is certainly NOT to be taken for granted.

However, now for the bad news. I would love to give you good news, how to find the specific columns, but I have never thought about what happens with all the columns after publication, so do not know, even if possible, how to retrieve them. Perhaps Barry Rigal,
from NY, might be in a position to, at the least, inform you of the bridge cemetery where
they are likely kicking up dirt, trying to avoid being ruffed.

In any event, thanks for your post to me, since it has really made my bridge day very pleasant.

David SnookJune 21st, 2024 at 1:59 am

Hi Bobby…

I think found a slightly different path thru that hand for declarer…

As South, I trump the first club, cash one of my heart honors for my second trick, then trump a low heart in dummy for trick #3. Back in dummy, I play a second club and trump it in hand for #4, trump my second low heart for #5, trump another club in hand for #6, cash my remaining heart honor for #7, get back to dummy by playing a spade to one of dummy’s trump honors for #8, trump one last club for #9, and dummy’s final spade honor is my tenth trick.

I believe that works, right? I just looked at your solution and see my path is really similar.