Bobby Wolff
Bobby Wolff

Wikipedia: Robert S. (Bobby) Wolff (born October 14, 1932, San Antonio, Texas) is an American bridge player, writer, and administrator. He is the only person to win world championships in five different categories. 

Wolff was an original member of the Dallas Aces team, which was formed in 1968 to compete against the Italian Blue Team which was dominant at the time. The Aces were successful and won their first world championship in 1970. Wolff has won 11 world championships, over 30 North American championships, and was the president of World Bridge Federation (WBF) 1992–1994, and served as president of American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) 1987. He is the author of a tell-all on bridge chronicling 60 years on the scene, entitled The Lone Wolff, published by Master Point Press. His column, The Aces on Bridge has been appearing daily for over 32 years, is syndicated by United Feature Syndicate in more than 130 newspapers worldwide and is available online two weeks in arrears.

IMPs Dealer North. Both Vul

A 7
A 7 6 3
10 6
A K 8 4 2
K J 9 8 6
5
K Q J 9 8
7 3
West North East South
1 Pass 1
Pass 1NT Pass 2
Pass 2 Pass 3
Pass 4 End

There are several good protections against pemptation, but the surest is cowardice Mark Twain.

West leads the Q.

Plan the play to make your contract?

It’s tempting to take a trump finesse in today’s layout. But a smart coward would gladly concede two trump losers in exchange for his vulnerable game.

Dummy’sA wins the opening lead and South turns his attention to trumps.

How should he play the suit?

If he plays for the maximum number of trump tricks, he loses control. The trump ace is cashed and a trump finesse loses to West’s queen. Hearts are continued to force South to ruff. The trump king brings bad news and it´s too late to recover. When East wins theA, he leads another heart to force South’s last trump, and when West ruff the fourth lead of diamonds, he has a heart to cash for one down.

The game makes if South refuses to finesse in trumps. He cashes both high trumps and starts diamonds. East wins and leads a heart for South to ruff, but South keeps control. He cashes high diamonds and other winners until West ruffs, and the defenders get only two trumps and theA.

The complete deal:

A 7
A 7 6 3
10 6
A K 8 4 2
Q 10 5 4
Q J 10 9
5 3 2
Q 6
3 2
K 8 4 2
A 7 4
J 10 9 5
K J 9 8 6
5
K Q J 9 8
7 3

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