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.

Dealer East. Both Vul

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

“An obstinacy’s never so stiff As when ’tis in a wrong belief.” _ Samuel Butler.

Opening lead  2.

How should East defend?

East punched away at his side’s longest suit without considering any alternatives. Chalk up a big minus for obstinacy and an even bigger plus for South’s unmakeable game.

East won his A and returned the 5 to South’s queen and West king. West le a third heart and the rubber was over. South quickly claimed six diamonds, a heart and two spades for nine tricks.

I knew you had a heart honor,” alibied East. “That why I returned the suit. I was sure I could get in in time to cash my remaining hearts.

You should have known where theA was, “offered West. “I couldn’t have held good heart support and an ace after my pass to 2. And if South  had the six card suit that his bidding suggested, it would have cost you nothing to try a high club at trick two.

East should cash theK at trick two and them lead the10. West il win South’s queen, but he ill know where theJ is. Back will come theJ, and instead of game and rubber for South, the defenders get plus score.

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

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