Director Please! by Mike Swanson
Mind the Diagrams!
‘WELL, WE are coming to the last round dummy, tried feeling each card to see if the king of clubs from the previous hand
and I haven’t managed a single faux pas in there was one concealed behind; then he that had returned to haunt him.
the bidding or play,’ announced John looked down to see a card in his lap and
proudly. sheepishly added the ®K to the dummy. West North East South
‘I don’t think you should tempt fate. The defenders were delighted since it Julie John
Equally please don’t try to find another now looked as though game had been Pass 1™
way of gaining the Director’s attention,’ missed, and so saw no reason to involve Pass 2t Pass 3NT
replied Julie menacingly. the Director; however, when the contract Pass 4NT Pass 5´
just made nine tricks and they saw that Pass 6NT All Pass
everyone else had gone down in game they
Love All. Dealer North. changed their mind. West led the ten of spades and Julie faced
´ KQ654 ‘Director, John bid his hand holding just the dummy, at which point John imme-
™ A84 twelve cards. Had he looked at all thirteen, diately called the Director.
t Q 10 2 they would have got higher and gone ‘Look at my hand and look at the
® 82 down. Can we please have an adjusted dummy,’ exclaimed John to the Director.
´ 32 ´ A97 score?’ pleaded West. ‘Yes, I see your problem,’ replied the
™ J 10 W
™ KQ965 ‘I am afraid not. Law 14B4 states the Director. ‘You have a card in common and
t AJ98 S t 763 card is deemed to have belonged con- you have fourteen cards!’
® 10 9 7 6 3 ® 54 tinuously to John’s hand. It is just unlucky After much fuss and palaver John’s king
´ J 10 8 for you that it has given you a bottom this of clubs was restored to the correct hand
™ 732 time,’ replied the Director. and, in accordance with Law 13F, the play
t K54 ‘Please John, there is only one more continued unaffected.*
® AQJ hand. Do try to make sure you have more John won the first trick in hand and
than twelve cards this time,’ implored then led a small diamond, which
Julie. prompted West to rise with the king of
John seemed quite content with his four diamonds and lead another spade. John,
three-card suits and 11 points, being in inspired mood, now tried king and
oblivious to the fact that he had dropped N/S Game. Dealer East. another heart and, when the queen of
the king of clubs on his lap. ´ AQ2 hearts emerged and the diamonds broke
™ KJ3 3-3 he emerged with twelve tricks and
West North East South t Q 10 5 2 another top.
Julie John ® K72 ‘Director, this isn’t fair. Had John not
1´ 2™ Dble ´ 10 9 7 ´ J853 had a fourteenth card he wouldn’t have
Pass 2´ Pass 3´ ™ 9852 N ™ Q4 bid the slam,’ complained West again.
Pass Pass Pass t K63 S t J97 ‘True, but I am afraid this is just another
® Q64 ® J 10 9 5 rub of the green situation and John has
After East’s 2™ overcall John thought that a ´ K64 just had a lucky night.’
double fitted the bill: after all, he had ™ A 10 7 6 ‘It’s just as well that John’s lucky night
modest length in the other suits and eleven t A84 has come to end; maybe he should go
points. Julie, who had stretched a little to ® AK83 home and practise counting to thirteen,’
open 1´ in the first place, just rebid 2´ and said Julie cuttingly.
then John thought he should make another John just hung his head low, wondering
try by raising her to the three level. By now John was quite flustered. He took whether his lift had just disappeared and
East led the king of hearts and John faced his cards out of the board, counted that he he needed to call for a taxi.
his hand as the dummy, prompting Julie to had thirteen twice but then noticed that
ask: ‘Where is the rest of the dummy?’ one of them had dropped on his lap again
John looked a little confused, but was so he picked it up and sorted his cards; *Author’s Note: It would have been dif-
wise enough to know that Julie wasn’t unfortunately the card that he had picked ferent had John’s king of clubs actually been
joking. He counted the cards in the up wasn’t from the current board, it was played to a trick. r
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