Judy Kay-Wolff

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.

PowerPoint Presentation

PowerPoint Presentation

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!!!!!

A bad week for the World of Bridge

I was saddened to learn of John Sutherlin‘s passing a few days ago.  Some of my most pleasurable moments spent in Dallas when Bobby and I were first wed were having a few dinners with Peggy and John.  He was one of the most popular and respected representatives of our game.

And .. moments ago I learned about the death of one of Norman and Edgar’s closest teammates ..  Eric Murray (partnered by Sami  Kehela) .. Canada’s Great Warriors.  For nearly thirty years after the evening  sessions, as a ritual, we would gather in Edgar’s suite for delicious snacks and wine accompanied by interesting, candid discussions after the final board .. with lots of laughs .. but NEVER an unkind word!

BRIDGE CLASS PERSONIFIED!!!!!!!!!

A Game — Second to None!!!!

The video you are about to enjoy was emailed to us by Brazilian Bridge Champion, Gabriel Chagas, longtime friend of Bobby’s, Edgar’s… and now my Internet buddy as well. It speaks for itself!!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=PpuWx5iiZsc&sns=em

RETURN OF A ZOMBIE

The Wolves arrived at the Las Vegas Sectional late Sunday and after grabbing a bite and succumbing to our BJ craving for a bit .. requested our luggage be sent to the room. I immediately set up our Laptop and iPad (God-Forbid we could survive five days without them) and after unpacking .. settled in for a much needed snooze! 

We played with marvelous teammates, Dennis Scholl and David Lim in the Monday/ Tuesday Knockout .. and after a delightful ending .. retired to a luscious dinner at Oscar’s before hitting the hay. We had only arrived forty-eight hours prior though it felt like an eternity. The only consolation for octogenarians is .. their alternative is unquestionably worse (and usually occurs sooner).   We finished somewhere in the middle Wednesday in a relatively small field.

Our Thursday/Friday teammates were Bobby’s long time friend, COLBY VERNAY from Illinois and his local partner, GEORGE MATTOS.  It was delightful to see Colby again after a few years and meet his charmingly entertaining partner. By some miracle, our quartet won both Stratified Team Games on Thursday though I was continuing to drag my weary bones from table to table (reminiscent of the ancient song “The Old Gray Mare”).

However, this shaggy dog story IS NOT about OUR three wins .. but my confession .. had I played better on Friday .. COLBY and GEORGE WOULD HAVE SWEPT THE ENTIRE LV SECTIONAL (as they already had FOUR WINS) .. BUT by Friday I was bleary eyed. It was a great learning experience for me (especially at the end of a tournament) to accept the realization that a much needed good third pair is necessary!

Hats off to very well deserving teammates for an incredible showing)!!!!!

LV SECTIONAL (April 30-May 4th)

We are delighted to announce the return of our GLITTER GULCH TOURNAMENT to THE PLAZA HOTEL AND CASINO on Fremont Street.  The playing site and locale are spectacular; the abundance of affordable on-site eateries is fantastic; parking is FREE and BEST OF ALL ARE THE ROOM RATES: (SUNDAY/THURSDAY:  $29 plus resort fee and tax; FRIDAY/SATURDAY: $79 plus resort fee and tax).  (*BOOK by March 30th by calling 1-800-634-6575, using Plaza Code SPABL18, in order to take advantage of  the discounted rates).   Starting times are 10 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

The schedule includes the following events: 

Bracketed Knockout, Stratified Open Pairs, Stratified 299ers Pairs, Stratified Swiss Teams, Bracketed Round Robin Teams, Barometer Open Pairs, Strat-Flighted Swiss Teams.

Tournament Chairman:   Angie Clark (847-764-1060)/angieclark@comcast.net

Director in Charge:  Ken Horwedel

        For further details, go to:     lasvegasbridge.com  and in the yellow box on the left, click on April/May Sectional to see the complete schedule. 
Look forward to seeing you there!!!!                                      

A Game By Any Other Name…

The beginning of our beloved game came about in the 1800’s with Bridge Whist — continuing until it was converted in 1904 to Auction Bridge and continued that way until Harold Vanderbilt was credited when he brilliantly converted “Auction” into “Contract” Bridge while on a cruise in 1927. Then along came Eli Culbertson, Milton Work, Charles Goren and others who helped pioneer the game as we know it today. Since then Contract Bridge has appeared in many forms, including social at-home games. The American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) was created (in 1936) and The WBF (World Bridge Federation) at the urging and support of James Ortiz-Patino was formed in 1958 and under its auspices hosted many world championships/olympiads. Competition comes in all forms and shapes: individuals, pairs, teams … and more. Name your poison and pay your entry fee. At the duplicate clubs, the majority of events are focused on daily pairs with an occasional Special Club Championship (with an additional charge and extra masterpoints ala ACBL).

Judging from what we see locally here in Vegas, most play because of their love and enjoyment of the game enabled by leisure time. We also have Sectionals and Regionals. This Month (February 20th-24th), our Sectional will be held at The Plaza (which was the popular downtown site for the record breaking attendance of the 80’s and 90’s). I am pleased to add .. the advanced reservations are quite sizeable with nearly three weeks to go. All games (even at the neighborhood club level) allow the players to be ranked within their peers… new, intermediate and more experienced — depending upon their level of play). Obviously, it varies from social bridge all the way to the top .. National and International Competition where many high- level experts from both here and abroad compete … something like a Game for All Seasons. Bridge has shaped my life phenomenally beyond description (blessing me with both Norman and Bobby) and thus the necessity to express my concerns for the future distresses me!

Because of modern day technology, much has changed! I refer specifically to the current fabulous facilities employed to detect and document stealthy cheating (at all levels) with research and scientific methods not available previously. Early on .. perhaps sixty or so years ago, some adventuresome pairs illegally exchanged information and when discovered and corroborated .. some were booted out of our game .. many never to be seen or heard from again. Others paid a shorter period of penance .. but later resurfaced. However, with more experienced, clever, culprits (both nationally and internationally), it continued to thrive and is in the active stage of being proven and soon (I pray) to be stopped. I cannot go into the details myself, as I am not qualified to offer up proof .. but many top players (in 1963 when I came on the scene) KNEW and would have staked their lives on the undeserved wins of certain “glorious” teams (and pairs) whose names always appeared as No. 1. Many are familiar with the details after reading The Lone Wolff, but hold on to your seats .. there is more in the offing.

Since I truly believe the issue of deliberate underhanded, stealthy action is in the process of being squelched, we are exerting our efforts toward a new concern. On another site, most of you may have read about a second try (which failed over two decades ago) at introducing into universal bridge a proposed new contrived bidding system in conjunction with the striving for use of ‘Ferts.’ Yes, it is aptly nicknamed for the word ‘fertilizer’ which needs no elaboration. Just read between the drops. It is what it is! No doubt, most competitions are subject to change — and certainly favored .. IF in the interest of improvement (v. complicated bidding methods of confusion). Those of us old timers are appreciative and captivated by the majestic level to which bridge has ascended. However, there exist strong attempts to totally renovate our long-used methods of bidding where ‘this’ means ‘that’ and ‘that’ means ‘this.” If allowed (and we pray not), the game will go to hell in a hand basket — bearing no resemblance to what, for decades, we have proudly known as Bridge.

The most destructive element of this attempt at wreaking havoc on our long used, improved and rather simplistic bidding structure involves confusing techniques. Besides resembling a Halloween scene as it is very deceptive, it will cause contestants to play against trumped-up intentionally concocted bidding systems, slow down the game indescribably by unfamiliarity with the newly arriving chicanery, and force longtime players enamored by their favorite pastime to change their own bidding and defense to cope with it. And, how about all the extra time needed for those relatively in the dark who cause a delay of game. Certainly, they should not be penalized. With the revival of this second attempt to allow ‘ferts’ to infiltrate the system, I fear we will lose many avid players .. either giving it up or returning to relaxing mama-papa social coffee klatches. Is this attempted bridge revolution what you want? I didn’t think so!

Should (by some very dark and distant miracle) ‘Ferts’ and their accompanying ramifications officially ever sadly see the light of day … our once-great game’s replacement should be re-named GARBRIDGE!!

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