IT HITS THE FAN IN SPADES THIS TIME!
Bobby has been fighting the ugliness of CONVENTION DISRUPTION (in all forms) FOR 25 YEARS PLUS and WHEN IT STRIKES — THE OPPONENTS ARE TOTALLY PARALYZED AND UNABLE TO PROTECT THEMSELVES.
Why? The gurus on high who have the power of appointment either don’t understand the game or don’t want to understand it as it is to their advantage and the appointments are often political – not in the best interest of the law-abiding citizens who live by rules. I am sick and tired of hands-tied directors saying he or she can’t do anything about it as the ludicrous Holy Bridge Bible of the so-called knowledgeable player committee orchestrating laws which favor people, especially playing conventions which are designed to show weak distributional hands with certain suits where many times partner forgets which suits they are. Such a development makes it impossible for the opponents to affirmatively bid their suits that supposedly are inferred in length by one of the opponents. When the authorities don’t crack down on the opponents who either intentionally or unintentionally forgot the convention but nevertheless cause terminal damage to the opponents, it is a sad state of affairs. For our authorities to not address these wrongdoings is to completely abrogate their responsibilities in trying to make (especially tournament bridge) intelligible.
INCIDENTLY THIS WAs THE SECOND DAY IN A ROW that CONVENTION DISRUPTION OCCURRED against us as the opponents don’t know what the hell their bids mean and massacre innocent opponents because they have no recourse thanks to the stupidity of the laws on this subject. Here is yesterday’s one of many debacles we have witnessed with our own eyes:
Bobby opened 1NT (I ANNOUNCED 12-14) holding Q9XX J10 AQX KQXX. THE NEXT HAND FLICKERED A FEW SECONDS AND BID 2H HOLDING JXX KQXXXX JXX X and when my LHO alerted I asked, and was told it was THE MAJORS. My hand was AK10X X XX AXXXXX and since we play double is for takeout. how could I be interested in playing spades as they were obviously stacked on my right. My other alternative was 3C and we eventually reached 5C (for a 1 out of 8) rather than getting to the obvious 4S contract (which happens to be cold for 6) getting an average+ instead of a 1. When (if ever) will the ACBL get off their high horse and surrender to the evils of CONVENTION DISRUPTION. To me, the ACBL is on a rapid downward slide because of situations like the above. By the way, the miscreants who forgot are not evil, and, at least in this case, my LHO was telling me what he thought partner had. They just don’t know any better and since CDers keep getting away with it time after time, with the organization not making an effort to stop it, it will just continue to be a way of life. As long as the dues and card fees keep rolling in and the professionals are the ones who are on the committees allowing convention disruption, I predict eventually the game with go to hell in a hand basket.
THIS IS NOT THE MAJESIC GAME IT STARTED OUT TO BE IN THE TWENTIES. HAROLD VANDERBILT WOULD TURN OVER IN HIS GRAVE!