Judy Kay-Wolff

It Pays to be Ignorant!

No one can challenge the fact that bridge is no easy game unless you are one of the miniscule few who have been blessed with extraordinary talent and sixth sense for doing what is almost always successful. I am amazed about what I learn after a session with Bobby .. even at our local club which often presents a challenge as there are quite a few top players who pop in on occasion. I accept my capabilities and limitations for what they were. However, for some unknown reason, card combinations come to me somewhat easily (as opposed to other facets of the game).

In the quiet of our den, Bobby was looking at yesterday’s hand records and asked if I knew how to play K1052 opposite AQ874. I was rather surprised he would ask a question with such a simple, automatic answer. “Elementary to bang down the ace first .. in case J963 were in front of the K1052. Right?” Usually .. but not always! Said Bobby: “There IS an exception. If for some reason you suspect a void in the other hand, you play the king first .. and can pick up the J963 by double hooking.” So much for self confidence. I am truly blessed to have marital access to a walking bridge encyclopedia .. among other wonderful attributes.


SamJuly 4th, 2015 at 10:21 pm

What a blessing to get private lessons (gratis) three hundred sixty-five days a year. But, as you have always told me, going back to the days of Norman, it’s good for your bridge but bad for your ego!

Judy Kay-WolffJuly 4th, 2015 at 10:49 pm

Yes, Sam, I kid you not. The more serious discussions I have with Bobby, the more I realize that there is ‘bridge’ and there is ‘BRIDGE’ — unquestionably worlds part. The best example to substantiate my comparison was my very early exposure to my mother’s lovely weekly neighborhood ladies bridge outings as compared to kibitzing Bobby and Norman in world championships.

I suppose the bottom line is that it affords incredible pleasure to so many individuals at varying levels, serving different worthwhile purposes. I have come to accept the realization that not everyone was put on this earth to be an expert or the enormous challenge and excitement would be non-existent .. relegating it to be ‘just another game.’ As the old cliche goes .. different strokes for different folks.

AlanJuly 6th, 2015 at 4:37 pm

It is refreshing to see that you have adopted a rather healthy prospective while playing with a true expert on a continuing basis. I am sure it isn’t easy because if you don’t achieve the expected, it is a no-brainer upon whom the blame is assessed.

Judy Kay-WolffJuly 6th, 2015 at 5:15 pm

I can’t argue that point with you, Alan.

However, we are married nearly twelve years and I am far beyond that!. It’s like the proverbial ‘water off a duck’s back.” I have noticed my routine medication (standard for old timers) gradually has caused me to play slower than my earlier pace) and it is obvious it sometime stresses him out. BUT, we curtail discussions till we return home with drinks (not cards) in our hands, Strange observation .. my memory is showing signs of aging, but my mind and body are as active and alert as ever (to which Bobby can testify). As they said when we were kids .. ‘Like it or lump it!!!’

It is a good feeling to be able to accept criticism and alternative actions with a grain of salt in the confines of one’s den and chalk it up to a priceless learning experience. I am one lucky gal!

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