Judy Kay-Wolff

Sanctimonious Blatherers on the Bridge Sites

I don’t think it is a coincidence that the word SANCTIMONIOUS happens to contain THIRTEEN letters (13 associated with bad luck) because it has such negative overtones.

When these columns first came upon the scene, it was an interesting and enlightening way to bring the bridge universe together. Gradually it became a so-called ‘free for all.’ A large number (who were unqualified and totally unfamiliar with the actual details of the subject matter) caustically stuck in their two cents! Many were oblivious to the crucial facts that prevailed. Some were banned; others got away with their erroneous and uncalled for remarks. I found it a betrayal of the original purpose of the originators. Sad .. it has reached this point!

Remember the old game Whisper Down the Lane and the final result .. total distortion. It can be assimilated to the above issue!

SUN CITY SUMMERLIN

Bridge .. from a totally different (but delightful) perspective!
Yesterday, we had the pleasure of attending a duplicate at the Sun City Mountain Shadows Community Center.   A real eye opener!    

My good friend Sue Grue and I surprised her husband Tom (who loyally plays with her every Wednesday) by stepping down and my husband Bobby Wolff appeared in her place.  

The experience was so unlike any other:  Non ACBL affiliated; NO master points; $2.00 card fees.  Two sections .. one casual and one more serious and experienced.  Seven four-hand rounds (28 boards).  First seven rounds scores already calculated with each of  the last four boards recorded after played.  Total time of game three hours and five minutes.

The director was Bill Price (a longtime friend of ours) who was warm and friendly and kept the game going at a suitable pace.  

Just as impressive was the lovely dress code and good manners and warmth of each pair as they arrived at our table.  “Our table” .. with me as a comfortable and spellbound  kibitzer, watching Tom at his best (and Bobby his incredible self) who eked out a North-South win with a shade over 61%.

Bobby confessed he did not know bridge like this still existed and a pleasure to reflect over sixty years ago where people showed their respect rather than disdain for each other.

One of my loveliest bridge experiences at the bridge table!

Masterpoints/Schmasterpoints?? Who needs them!

Las Vegas Glitter Gulch Sectional

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We are all anxiously awaiting the next tournament at the Plaza .. as a result of the continuing incredible energy, insight, warmth, guidance,  and above all the genuine concern for the success, enjoyment and comfort of those in attendance because of our charming tournament Chairlady with a Spark … the one and only ANGIE CLARK!

JANUARY 2019 ACBL BULLETIN COVER

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Read Legendary Superteam (pages 28-30).  It says it all.

Pictured above …. Bobby Wolff, Jim Jacoby, Ira Corn, Bob Hamman, Mike Lawrence (top row); Billy Eisenberg, Bobby Goldman, Coach Joe Musumeci (bottom row).

After a Four Month Interlude…

due to many distractions on the home front .. I am back in action. Many distasteful happenings over that course of time on the bridge scene .. hard to decide where to begin. But, let me start at the top:

The World Bridge Federation (WBF). Despite unending investigations, research, documented hand records, auctions, leads, etc. by several qualified, investigating individuals illustrating beyond a doubt 100% proof of illicit signals that a certain country (obvious to all) had been CHEATING for eons and eons, they (headed by WBF Chairman, Mr. Rona) have turned deaf ears and blind eyes as if it had never happened .. starting at the prodding of Italy’s early captain, Carl Albert Perroux about sixty-five years ago. His way or the highway! And .. they continued on that road (‘helping partner’) all that time .. undaunted and unstopped. Sad!

If this continues, you can kiss our once-majestic game farewell .. as it has become a total farce and is on the way to oblivion.

NOTHING COMPARES TO THE ABOVE DECEIT .. but attention need be directed to other areas:

  1. On line bridge sites are wonderful opportunities for those with time on their hands to pass the time of day, make social contact with others, voice their views and vent their spleen. I am distressed by much gobbledegook from less than expert players who voice their opinions as tried and true experts. Perhaps being married to two world class legends, I have learned my place.
  2. Manners at the bridge (especially duplicate) table aggravates me when the opponents either gloat at a good result or talk as if your partnership was not present. However, I suppose I am guilty of adding to the despicable chatter by reprimanding their open glee. Takes two to tango.
  3. Going along with the above is when the opponents start giving lessons. No thank you. I have a much better source than the alleged ‘teacher’ (and the price is right).
  4. Something else that bugs me .. an opponent taking advantage of partner’s huddle (and passing) in a non-forcing auction .. then balancing with some sort of protection .. knowing ‘your partner has something!’ It happens quite often. In fact, we had an auction some months ago, where I opened a weak 1NT (12-14) P 2H (up to 11) substantial HUDDLE AND PASS followed by my pass. Then with 11 points and a broken 5 card club suit, balancer bid 3C and the auction eventually ended in 3NT making. The Huddler had 14 points. Imagine that! The director was called but the scaredy-cat numbskull (now retired, thank heavens) allowed the result. Nauseating.

I’m just starting .. but let me hear some of your gripes!!

Finally … “Under The Table”

After several years of investigation (and research together with some of the world’s most knowledgeable bridge aficionados), Avon Wilsmore is about to release a long-awaited saga which describes in detail cheating by the world’s most successful bridge team (winning fourteen world championships).

On September 12th I posted on my site “A Long Overdue Epic” which gives you specific details of its ‘coming out’ party… during the World Championship in Orlando, Florida which will be in session this time next week. It includes the Publisher, Distributor and Price.

I am curious as to the reaction of the Orlando attendees, a few of whom were victims of the old notorious Blue Team. However, the present and recent Italian Team, after ridding themselves of a convicted Italian pair, are far and away unlike their predecessors!

I have a vested interest that the truth finally be told via “suspect” leads, underleads, passes, bids, overbids, underbids, balancing and passing when it “just happens” to turn out right. I caught a glimpse of some of the hands cited and at times I gaped in shock and Bobby would hear me yelp: “YOU MUST BE KIDDING!” To guess right sooooo many times is beyond the stretch of even a psychic’s imagination! JUST YOU WAIT.

As many of you may know, I was/am the wife of two of the Blue Team’s victims: The late Norman Kay and, of course, Bobby. You can well understand my appreciation of Avon’s unbelievable efforts to present UNDER THE TABLE to many dubious or naive bridge lovers.

LET YOUR CONSCIENCE BE YOUR GUIDE

W
West
N
North
E
East
S
South
1NT1
Pass
22
Pass3
Pass
?
 
 
 
(1) Weak NT (12-14)
(2) Natural (could be as much as 10 points)
(3) A huddle of about 20 seconds

You are West, holding:

W
West
AJ63
64
K4
KJ1073

What are your options????

A LONG OVERDUE BRIDGE EPIC!!!!!!!

Sometime during the 2018 World Bridge Championship in Orlando, Florida… a 400 page detailed accounting of horrific bridge cheating will be released by Australian Avon Wilsmore; published by Hamman and Associates, LLC, and will be available through Baron Barclay ($24.95). It is entitled UNDER THE TABLE (The Case Against the Blue Team).

I take great personal satisfaction that the entire bridge population will finally be apprised (via incredible detailing) of the egregious illegal methods of several cheaters disgustingly disadvantaging their opponents for well over half a century!!!

I happen to be the wife of two of their victims: The late Norman Kay and presently Bobby Wolff.

Justice is finally on the horizon!

GLITTER GULCH SECTIONAL …. COMING SOON!

Awaiting finalized information for the November 5th-9th GLITTER GULCH SECTIONAL at the popular PLAZA HOTEL in downtown Las Vegas. A variety of events (several new ones) will be available. Great rates and terrific eateries as usual and … free.  For Plaza residents, check in at South Tower for convenience.     HERE IT IS .. in living color.

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IN THE INTERIM ….

I have been bogged down these last couple months with various projects (mostly good) .. and was engrossed going over my rough drafts for this site when the doorbell rang.  I could see through the glass window it was a young man with a vase of flowers.  My curiosity got the best of me as my birthday had just passed .. and when I greeted the flower boy, he inquired:   Is this the Tyson Residence?  He looked puzzled when I nodded negatively .. then asked:  “Aren’t you having a funeral here today?”   “Not that I know of, but thank you anyway.” 

You think funny conversations take place only at the bridge table (and believe me, after over six decades I could testify to that) .. but this was a ‘first for me’ and I couldn’t resist!!!!!

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