Judy Kay-Wolff

WHY PEOPLE GIVE UP BRIDGE (Part II)

As you recall, third seat (South/Vul.) opened 1D and the next hand (West) (which I did not reveal yesterday) holding AXXXX  108  X  KQJ109 said PASS.  Yes, PASS!!!   No, this is not a misprint!!!    She pulled out her green card and the next hand, having passed originally, bid 1NT.  East now ventured 2H (holding KX K9XXXX Q109X X) followed by two passes to 2NT which ended the auction.

You are now on lead with the heart hand.

ARE YOU READY?   Unflinchingly, without a hesitation, East leads his singleton club, hitting his silent partner with KQJ109 in clubs and they proceed to take four clubs, one diamond, two spades and one heart for down –300.  Opening leader haughtily shrugged and offered, “I took a stab.’  Down 1 would have been tied for 2/3 (6-1/2 ouf of 8).  Pretty funny – depending upon which side of the table you are on!  A standard heart lead gets a normal result, but the inspirational (?) club lead assured us of a zero.   That’s life.   If Norman heard the story, his classic remark would be …. “See if you can arrange a money bridge match with this bozo on a slow boat to China.   I’ll take my chances”!)


9 Comments

BethJanuary 30th, 2011 at 4:00 pm

Don’t know whether to laugh or cry — but I like Norman’s remark and I’d like half his action.

BurtJanuary 31st, 2011 at 7:33 am

Is it too late to cut in and get a third of the action?

jack rhatiganJanuary 31st, 2011 at 3:40 pm

Let you hubby know I enjoyed his recent book and remembered by first8 weeks ink the army at CAMP CHAFFEE, Ark. Yuk, Yuk, and Yuk.

Was in 80th heavy tank batalion but doubt that a tank had been in this camp near to 1954 when I was drafted. Also thought of my time at college when I could barely give up bridge games to attend classes. Somehow I managed and left withBachelo of Science in Pharmacy Say I to Tom Grue when you see him. Ta-Ta

DannyFebruary 3rd, 2011 at 3:48 pm

Judy:

Do you want to quit bridge every time someone does something strange against you and it works?

Are you accusing the opponents of cheating?

If so, you should be very very careful

Danny

David CollierFebruary 5th, 2011 at 1:06 am

I dunno, I think I’d describe a club lead as “dubious”, which is level 4 on the sensibleness scale, above “bad”, “ridiculous” and “you had a major penalty card?”. I’ve seen much worse plays that get good results (like the one I did on Tuesday …)

Seriously, I think this hand shows a reason why people do play the game, not why they want to quit. In bridge you can play against the experts, and occasionally, whether through luck or judgement, you can beat them. That’s part of the attraction.

Like Danny I was expecting something much worse from the title. Like if they’d made an unusual but reasonable lead (say the SK) which had worked, and oppo had accused them of cheating. That sort of thing certainly is cited as driving many people away from our game.

Judy Kay-WolffFebruary 5th, 2011 at 7:06 am

Danny,

Either your sense of humor has departed your body or your mental comprehension has gone awry. The blog was intended to be humorous as we all get fixes and people at the club are still teasing about the infamous club lead. Cheating was not a consideration — just bizarre.

You, above all, are not in a position to suggest that someone is accusing of cheating –which I was not. Seems someone in your family a few years ago called cops against the Chinese women who beat her team. It caused such an uproar that it got written up by Marston in the Australian Bridge Magazine, followed by a retraction and the accusations died a slow death as no evidence (let alone proof) ever surfaced.

That’s what I consider the POT CALLING THE KETTLE BLACK.

Seriously,

Judy

Judy Kay-WolffFebruary 5th, 2011 at 7:15 am

David:

I happen to take bridge seriously. I have been around a long time and sadly was a constant witness at the high level of many questionable (but quite fortuitous) stabs in the dark on opening leads. So you are preaching to the wrong choir.

If that, as you stated, is why the people play the game perhaps they should look for a sport that employs less skill. Sure, on a given day, with a blind lead, you can beat the better players, but when the votes are counted you will be on the short end of the stick.

I admire consistent brilliance not blank stabs that by some freak of nature seem to work out. To each his own.

DannyFebruary 6th, 2011 at 10:36 am

Judy

JoAnn never called the cops in the incident to which you refer. Never. Rumors did fly there, but I can tell you for a fact that not even a director was called.

Sorry, I missed the humor in your original post, sometimes it goes that way on the net

Judy Kay-WolffFebruary 6th, 2011 at 5:49 pm

Danny:

No one, especially I, have suggested that anything different happened. However, it seems somewhat ironic that you are accusing me of exactly what was done somewhere on your side of the fence while I was merely joshing about getting fixed.

To my view, if someone was thought to be cheating it should be directly investigated other than by publicized petty accusations that spread around the world. It is not only unethical, but it should not be accepted practice.

Sometimes I have my doubts as to whether cyberpace does more harm than good although it is like a toy that everyone seems to enjoy.

Judy

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