Director!?!

Hi all

Even on holidays my addiction has a strong pull on me. So Sanne and I went to a bridgeclub in Piedmont, California. The director apologized for the little amount of six tables and the not so young competition.

The first game I was dummy and I see Sanne struggling in a fair game, but the trumps split nasty. I pay too much attention to the game instead of sitting back and I notice one of my opponents revokes. Sure, can happen, her discards were of no importance to the game. I was willing to let it go by unpunished, but not unmentioned. The old bat immediately shuffled her cards with the remarks "No, I did not!". Okay, I know what I saw, and that shuffling sure gives the situation a bad taste of guilt. Sanne’s "We’re here as guests"-look made me swallow and forget about the deal.

Here’s a nice deal (NS vulnerable against not):

South
7
J843
54
KQT653

West
North
East
South
 
 
1
pass
2
dbl
3
4
4
pass
pass
???

I ask West for the meaning of 3. Invitational. I would really like to bid 5 but the unfavourable vulnerability forces me to a reluctant pass. I could have doubled, but +50 or +100 doesn’t look to make a big difference, and it could easily be -590 if there’s some distribution involved.

Before I lead East mentions he has to correct his partner’s explanation. 3 wasn’t invitational, it was merely competitive. I am allowed to take back my last pass and reevaluate. I still don’t know what to do. I just pass, and hope for the best of it.

Here’s the full deal.

East Dealer
NS Vul
North
AK83
7
AKJ62
874
West
JT52
KQ6
QT973
9
East
Q964
AT952
8
AJ2
South
7
J843
54
KQT653

Down two, but we are cold for 5.

And now something strange happened. East called the director himself and eventually the score was corrected to +600 for us. Huh?

Sanne could have doubled 4 to show a good takeout double. I could have doubled to show values and my possible nasty trump possession. But both opponents agreed our lousy score was because of the wrong explanation only. Huh again.

We finished 4th place with some 55%.

4 thoughts on “Director!?!

  1. Cold for 5? I think not… OK, you do need a lead, rise with Ace and underlead Ace, but hey, I’ve seen stranger things when playing against grannies…

  2. Dennis is right. And even when they don’t find this defence, 5 is far from cold. ‘Cause when they play hearts twice (much easier defense to find), you have a nasty decision in clubs.

  3. I agree about the twilight zone when it comes to grannies (strictly bridgewise, of course).

    What if you discard a on the other high Spade? It looks like you can ruff three in dummy then. Not that I would have thought about that at the table.

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