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The Aces on Bridge: Friday, 21 June, 2024


Jeff SerandosJune 21st, 2024 at 3:39 am

Hi Bobby,

Just brilliant. And if East shifts to a spade at trick 2, South again runs the club and only needs to remember to trump the second spade high so he can land back in the South hand for the second club finesse when the final trump is drawn. Wonderful!



bobbywolffJune 21st, 2024 at 1:02 pm

Hi Jeff,

Your first two words perfectly described Zia’s play. I can imagine the description of Zia’s immediate duck at trick one, “Shouldn’t Zia realize that opponents won’t lead away from the queen of trump if he or she holds it”?

Also the perfect example of what top players do at trick one, first gander at the entire hand, before embarking, then put it into solid action. ZIA DID JUST THAT, and succeeded where
others would fail and likely never know why. Or better yet, rise with the king and then play the ace catching a doubleton queen and then easily score it up and explain why he rose at trick one, impressing all his listeners.

Also, what do we learn as one inches his way to the level he achieves? My choice, as to that process, is continuing to explore what it takes to rise up the ladder, then kibitz the best player one can find, and (at the proper time, not when he is directly playing) make a list (quietly, during the play) and find him, when he or she has time, and then inquire as to his thinking on hands which seem cloudy. My guess is that, when done, will likely learn more than other, relatively slipshod, ways, either with the hands chosen or when either party (the one who asks or the assumed expert) has other things on his or her mind).

The inquirer has one marked advantage and that, by following that pattern, you will appeal to his or her vanity and likely get wanted interruption, instead of being put off. But first
be careful, whom you select to kibitz.
about the game, then any book will teach you.