Page 0011

Director Please! by Mike Swanson

John Lands on His Feet

‘I HATE PLAYING against people who placed to make a two-suited overcall. He his error by Julie, so he bid 2´ to show that

play Precision Club. They seem to do knew that Double, 1t and 1NT showed he had the black suits rather than the red

nothing but wave the Alert card all the different combinations based on responses suits, while knowing that Julie would think

time and I just find it intimidating. Why to the Roman Blackwood convention (see that diamonds was his second suit.

can’t the EBU insist that everybody plays a footnote*) that nobody seemed to play any When West doubled 2´ and East

natural system,’ said John complainingly. more (not to be confused with Roman alerted, Julie felt compelled to ask, as a

‘Isn’t that a little bit unfair? After all, Key-Card Blackwood). He remembered take-out double would not be alerted. East

they have a 1® bid to show a hand with that he used to play CRO (colour, rank, replied: ‘Well, quite honestly I am not sure,

16+ points and a 2® bid to show clubs, odd) with one partner and RMC (rank, I don’t think we have had an auction like

whereas we have a 1® bid to show clubs mixed, colour) with another – but which this before!’

and a 2® bid to show 23+ points. And applied to his defence to a strong club? If Julie decided to make an advance

anyway we have a special defence to a only he had looked at his convention card sacrifice by leaping to game and, after

strong 1® which you won’t forget, will before they started, but of course now was much thought, East emerged with a

you?’ replied Julie forebodingly. too late as he knew that it was not per- double thus making it impossible for West

mitted to use it as an aide-mémoire. He to do anything other than pass.

tossed his much-used mental coin and The play of the hand was quite

E/W Game. Dealer North. decided to plump for RMC and so bid straightforward, even for John, and the

´ KJ985 1NT to show two suits of the same colour. contract went one down for a very good

™ 765 After Julie had alerted the 1NT, West match-point score.

t 432 asked what it meant, to which Julie replied: The Director was soon on the scene at

® 10 9 ‘It shows two “odd” suits, so either spades the request of John’s opponents. ‘John had

´ 2 ´ A3 and diamonds or clubs and hearts.’ spades and clubs but Julie told us that he

™ K Q 10 9 N ™ AJ82 John knew only too well that Julie would should have had diamonds as his second


t Q 10 8 6 S t AKJ97 be right so now all he could hope for was suit, yet he never made any attempt to

® J872 ® Q3 that somehow they would land on their correct her explanation!’ complained West.

´ Q 10 7 6 4 feet. West doubled to show 5-8 points and ‘But Julie’s explanation was correct. I had

™ 43 no five-card suit and Julie bid 2™ which got the system wrong as you can clearly see

t 5 John alerted. from our convention card,’ said John.

® AK654 East now turned to John and asked about The Director fought back the urge to say

the 2™. John knew that he must answer on something about John’s forgetfulness.

the basis of their system agreement, so he ‘John is correct, you are only entitled to

West North East South said: ‘ It’s a relay bid. If I have hearts and know what he is supposed to have, not

Julie John clubs then partner wants me to pass, but if I what he actually has got and I am satisfied

Pass 1®* 1NT* have spades and diamonds she wants me to that the score should stand.’

Dble* 2™* Dble* 2´* bid 2´ and then leave it to her to decide ‘Well, that’s another convention we

Dble* 4´ Dble All Pass what to do next.’ won’t be using in future, even if you have

* Alerted West now doubled to show a better-than- landed on your feet again. At least you

minimum hand and commit his side to were lucky at cards, but you know what

When East opened 1® John looked at his game. John knew that he had to carry on they say,’ observed Julie.

hand and realised that he was perfectly bidding as if he hadn’t been made aware of John wasn’t quite sure what they did say

but he knew it couldn’t be good. r


Although staff of English Bridge and the staff of Danby Advertising (Advertising Agent for English Bridge) take all *Roman Blackwood was created by the Italian

reasonable precautions to protect the interests of readers by ensuring as far as practicable that advertisements Blue Team in the 1960s. In the original version, in

in the pages of English Bridge are bona fide, the magazine and its publisher, the EBU, cannot accept any under-

response to 4NT 5® shows 0 or 3 aces, 5t shows 1

taking in respect of claims made by advertisers, whether these advertisements are printed as part of the maga-

zine, or are in the form of inserts. Legal remedies are available if redress is sought, and readers who have com- or 4 aces, 5™ shows 2 aces either of the same rank

plaints should address them to the advertiser or should consult a local Trading Standards Office, or a Citizens or the same colour, 5´ shows two odd aces. Later,

Advice Bureau, or their own solicitors. Readers should note that prices advertised may not be accurate due to

some players opted to make the responses of 5™, 5´

currency exchange rate fluctuations, or tax changes.

and 5NT show two aces on the CRO or RMC scale. June 2013 English Bridge 11


  1. Page 0001
  2. Page 0002
  3. Page 0003
  4. Page 0004
  5. Page 0005
  6. Page 0006
  7. Page 0006
  8. Page 0008
  9. Page 0009
  10. Page 0010
  11. Page 0011
  12. Page 0012
  13. Page 0013
  14. Page 0014
  15. Page 0015
  16. Page 0016
  17. Page 0017
  18. Page 0018
  19. Page 0019
  20. Page 0020
  21. Page 0021
  22. Page 0022
  23. Page 0023
  24. Page 0024
  25. Page 0025
  26. Page 0026
  27. Page 0027
  28. Page 0028
  29. Page 0029
  30. Page 0030
  31. Page 0031
  32. Page 0032
  33. Page 0033
  34. Page 0034
  35. Page 0035
  36. Page 0036
  37. Page 0037
  38. Page 0038
  39. Page 0039
  40. Page 0040
  41. Page 0041
  42. Page 0042
  43. Page 0043
  44. Page 0044
  45. Page 0045
  46. Page 0046
  47. Page 0047
  48. Page 0048
  49. Page 0049
  50. Page 0050
  51. Page 0051
  52. Page 0052
  53. Page 0053
  54. Page 0054
  55. Page 0055
  56. Page 0056
  57. Page 0057
  58. Page 0058
  59. Page 0059
  60. Page 0060
  61. Page 0061
  62. Page 0062
  63. Page 0063
  64. Page 0064
  65. Page 0065
  66. Page 0066
  67. Page 0067
  68. Page 0068
  69. Page 0069
  70. Page 0070