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 South. N/S Vul

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

“What greater evil could you wish a mister than long life?” _ Publius Syrus.

Opening leadJ. Dummy’sQ was won by East’s ace, and theQ was led through South. The defense cashed two spade winners, and a third spade was returned

What does South need to do if he hopes to make the contract?

Today´s South didn’t believe in wasting trump spots. The price he paid for such stinginess ws the value of his vulnerable game.

Which trump did South ruff with? Being a true miser, he ruffed with the6.

A club was led to dummy´s king, another club was discarded on dummy’sK, and the winning trump finesse was taken. The good news was that East had theK; the bad news was that South could not repeat the finesse, down one.

With the7 in dummy, all South’s trumps other than his ace are equals. In case like this, South should ruff the third spade with an intermediate heart and not the6. He shouldn’t even have to think about it, it should be an automatic play.

After ruffing with an intermediate trump, South runs dummy´s7 for his trump finesse. Under it, he plays his6, and the repeated trump finesse lands the game.

8 6 2
7 3 2
K Q 6 3
K 6 5
A 9 7 3

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

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