Judy Kay-Wolff

Through the Courtesy of HBJ…

I want to share with you an impressive view expounding on this much-talked about subject that I stumbled upon on HBJ’s site!!
Howard Bigot-Johnson’s Bizarre World of Bridge

Monday, 3 October 2016


Since bridge is a partnership game and chess is not, greater efforts are needed to stop opponents gaining an unfair advantage by having complex and convoluted bidding systems.

“If your opponent in a chess game does something very unusual you can, at least in principle, figure out how to counter it right there at the board. Advance preparation would be nice, but is not required.

In bridge, players faced with complex and unfamiliar systems cannot do that. Any counter requires agreement between the partners, and that can’t be done at the table, by the very rules. Even pre-alerts and the like don’t solve this, because of time constraints, incomplete understandings, etc.

Further, at bridge you will not know all the twists and turns the opponents’ auction might take. In chess it is all right there in front of you, if you can just figure it out.

What I’m saying is that in chess there is no inherent obstacle to countering an unusual move. In bridge there are such obstacles.”

No obstacles, no constraints ……it’s a recipe for anarchy.

Breaking News We Have Been Hoping For!

The following series of corrrespondence (in reverse order) will inform you of what persistence can achieve… meaning Try, Try and Try Again! Read the rest of this entry »

Never Lose Your Sense of Humor

…especially when it comes to our unique game.This appropriately pertains to the huge realm of bridge players’ leanings from all parts of the world. I was fascinated by the post below which doesn’t make any effort by the author to restrain this individual’s strong views on recent changes to ACBL policies.The writer’s solution is quite humorous but I must confess the game has been so desecrated by so many recent happenings, I would not attempt to disagree. See for yourself!! Read the rest of this entry »

Riches to Rags!

What you see above is not a mistaken reversal of the old concept. It has been happening over the last few decades and presently, with all the ugly whispers, everyone is aware of the decline of the ACBL from numerous vantage points. My greatest concern at the moment is of huge magnitude: Exactly WHO is at the helm of our once-great ship .. and WHY?? Read the rest of this entry »

Bugs Unlimited

For purposes of this frothing at the mouth, I have altered the name of our local exterminators which enticingly is named Bugs Limited (although I am told it was once called Bugs Unlimited). Read the rest of this entry »

Procrastination is not the Solution

It is very refreshing and encouraging that so many qualified and determined worldwide recognized and respected bridge players have recently stepped up to the plate in the name of furthering honorable bridge competition. They have volunteered to work unyieldingly to (1) EXPOSE AND DETAIL BOTH CHEATING AND PROVEN UNETHICAL CONDUCT … especially at the higher levels; and (2) TO PUT IN PLACE FAIR, UNCHALLENGEABLE METHODS OF PROVING BEYOND A DOUBT THAT THE ACCUSED ARE FOUND GUILTY OF SPECIFIC CHARGES AND PUNISHED ACCORDINGLY. Wishy-washy excuses won’t cut it! Read the rest of this entry »

Considerations for the Future!

I, and other bridge lovers, have been distressed by the recent happenings on the local scene. Bobby and I have loved the excitement of life in Vegas (which is now over eleven years) despite the complaints of the heat. That is why air conditioning in homes, cars, casinos, restaurants, markets and other locales are so popular. Every problem has a solution. Read the rest of this entry »

Departing from the Norm

Since jokes are constantly made about bridge players being either old or dead, I took poetic license to share this with all of you. Quite appropriate for many of us youngsters!

Julie Andrews Turning 79

To commemorate her birthday, actress/vocalist, Julie Andrews made a special appearance at Manhattan’s Radio City Music Hall for the benefit of the AARP. One of the musical numbers she performed was ‘My Favorite Things’ from the legendary movie ‘Sound Of Music’. Here are the lyrics she used:

If you sing it, its especially hysterical!!!

Botox and nose drops and needles for knitting,
Walkers and handrails and new dental fittings,
Bundles of magazines tied up in string,
These are a few of my favorite things.

Cadillacs and cataracts, hearing aids and glasses,
Polident and Fixodent and false teeth in glasses,
Pacemakers, golf carts and porches with swings,
These are a few of my favorite things.

When the pipes leak, When the bones creak,
When the knees go bad,
I simply remember my favorite things,
And then I don’t feel so bad.

Hot tea and crumpets and corn pads for bunions,
No spicy hot food or food cooked with onions,
Bathrobes and heating pads and hot meals they bring,

These are a few of my favorite things.

Back pain, confused brains and no need for sinnin’,
Thin bones and fractures and hair that is thinnin’,
And we won’t mention our short shrunken frames,
When we remember our favorite things.

When the joints ache, When the hips break,
When the eyes grow dim,
Then I remember the great life I’ve had,
And then I don’t feel so bad.

(Ms. Andrews received a standing ovation from the crowd that lasted over four minutes and repeated encores. Please share Ms. Andrews’ clever wit and humor with others who would appreciate it.)

Bridge Food for Thought

I was rather amused by the “official statement” of an “authorized ACBL official” to form an alliance with the EBL in an effort to resolve the countless problems that have emerged… defacing our once-wonderful game. If you ADD THE TWO GROUPS TOGETHER, they combine to form the universal unchallenged ‘Father of Bridge’ — THE WORLD BRIDGE FEDERATION. The ultimate aim of the WBF is to promote and honor the highest level of bridge competition in the world in an effort to strengthen and attempt to further its existence for many years to come. Political alliances should not deter them. Supporting the efforts of the WBF should be their primary consideration!

Bridge here in Zone 2 seems to be focusing on attracting more members, giving away floods of master points, raising tournament and ‘special club game’ fees (and salaries) and promoting what Bobby laughingly refers to as HCW (High Card Wins) — without any deliberate effort to further and protect the expert game which has sunken below the performances of many other nations. Worse yet, from talk over the last few years, it was rumored (not confirmed) that the intent and desire of the Board of Directors (with a couple of exceptions) was to vote to stop paying dues to the WBF which offers the only chance for top level bridge to survive on this side of the ocean. On the subject of money, I know since the inception of the ACBL eons ago, Board members were proud and honored to serve without pay… originally with only minimum expenses and perks. Now, there is talk about rearranging the structure with salaried participants. Our heroes of old would turn over in their graves if they saw what has become of the administration of our special game.

No one is denying the glorious intention of going all-out to rid our game of cheating of any kind, in all corners of the world. However, though many private groups have made valiant efforts at organized bridge in this zone, we must go all out to ‘officially’ get it into our schools here. Because of Bobby’s unyielding efforts starting over two decades ago at the Great Hall of China (despite intermittent delays), bridge was recognized and is now OFFICIALLY considered a ‘real’ curriculum there and 200,000,000 children are learning the game there as well as in many European cities. In the eyes of hosts of appreciative bridge lovers, this should be a PRIORITY… but alas, other projects come first.

As far as unifying the EBL and ACBL to ‘zero in’ and stop cheating… better late than never! — I wish they had awakened to that issue back in the sixties and seventies when my late husband, Norman Kay, his team-mates and other worthy competitors kept losing to the revered BT — taking over half a century to let the truth be known. Sadly, we cannot turn back the clock… but the ACBL should have higher and more crucial goals — like SUPPORTING THE WBF BOTH SPIRITUALLY AND FINANCIALLY… strengthening our universal bridge authority.

Special Alert — Play with Bobby Wolff, Legends, Top Pros and Fight Alzheimer’s

Short Intro. I have posted the following on behalf of Judy. She has become a real friend over the past few years. She has been preoccupied with family health issues back home; yet, despite her own exhaustion, she asked me to help out her friend Bruce Greenspan with his “Longest Day” bridge project, by posting the following on her blog. Note: You can read about the ACBL’s “Longest Day” on their website at www.acbl.org/clubs_page/special-events/the-longest-day/

This is your opportunity to play with Bobby Wolff and other bridge legends, Hall of Famers, top pros, teachers and writers and benefit the fight against Alzheimer’s. An amazing array of talent has joined the team including Larry Cohen, Bob Hamman, Eric Rodwell, Janice Seamon Molson, Sabine Auken, Michael Rosenberg, Steve Weinstein, Gail Greenberg, Steve Robinson, Gavin Wolpert, George Jacobs, Jerry Helms, Barbara Seagram and many more. Read the rest of this entry »