Director Please! by Mike Swanson
John Forgets the System (Again!)
‘WE REALLY should play a simpler system. cocooned world and behave as if Julie if he could find the queen of clubs he
Fancy forgetting that we are playing weak were making a transfer response to a would make this rather unlikely contract.
twos and opening 2™ with a strong hand!’ natural 2NT, so he obediently bid 3™. He He came back to hand with the nine of
said Julie. wanted to bid 3NT but he knew that, if he spades and led the jack of clubs intending
‘I am sorry but I was playing ordinary did, the Tournament Director would be to run it if West so much as twitched and,
Acol last night with Bill and just forgot to down on him like a ton of bricks for acting if he didn’t, he decided that he would rise
change my mindset back. And anyway we on unauthorised information. with the club king and finesse against East
got a top because everyone else went off in Julie alerted John’s 3™ and West could instead. West was more than obliging and
4™ when all three finesses failed,’ replied not help stirring by asking what the 3™ covered with the queen of clubs and so
John. meant. John was home and dry.
‘You being lucky may be our best ‘It should show maximum points for his ‘Director!’ was the call from West as
chance, but I would prefer that you minor two-suiter and a heart void. How- soon as the hand ended. The Director
remembered the system,’ said Julie more ever, I think we all know what is really arrived and West continued: ‘John didn’t
in hope than expectation. going on,’ replied an exasperated Julie. have the hand he was supposed to have
Julie again tried to sign off in 4t and as a result landed in a silly contract
knowing full well that John would have to that made, giving us a bottom.’
Game All. Dealer South. react as if she were making a slam try with The Director went through all that had
´ J852 5-4 in the red suits. Holding a maximum, happened and pronounced: ‘I am happy
™ 64 John decided now to ask for aces and, even that all the explanations have been correct
t Q 10 7 5 though Julie showed none, he felt that the and the both John and Julie have bent over
® K74 honourable thing to was to bid 6NT even backwards to avoid taking advantage of
´ Q 10 ´ 763 though he had no idea what the correct unauthorised information. The fact that
™ Q J 10 2 N ™ A9873 contract really was. you have got a bad score is just one of
t 962 S t J83 West led the queen of hearts and East those things; sometimes bad bidding gets
® Q985 ® 62 took his ace and returned the suit, taken good scores, that’s just life!’
´ AK94 by John with his heart king. John now ‘Partner, you are obviously on a lucky
™ K5 surveyed the dummy and realised that he streak. However, I just can’t cope with all
t AK4 needed a miracle to make his contract. this forgetting of the system. We shall have
® A J 10 3 Deciding that he needed the queen of to strip everything down to the basics if
spades to be singleton or doubleton, he you want to carry on playing with me,’
cashed the ´A-K and heaved a sigh of suggested Julie.
West North East South relief. He now turned to the diamonds John just nodded, trying to keep straight-
Julie John and, when they broke 3-3, he realised that faced as his imagination ran riot. r
Pass 3t Pass 3™
Pass 4t Pass 4NT ‘BRIDGE LICENSED BY THE EBU ’
Pass 5® Pass 6NT
All Pass When you see this in an advertisement in the magazine, it means:
• The organisers of the holiday have applied for, and received, a licence.
When John opened 2NT Julie waved the • They may choose to give master points in accordance with EBU scales.
Alert card and John couldn’t help gasp as • These master points will be accepted and added to player records.
he realised that he had persuaded Julie to • The bridge will be played in line with EBU regulations and bye laws, thus affording
play 2NT to show a weakish minor two- all players the protection of playing within the jurisdiction of the EBU.
suiter, so immediately everyone at the
All County events advertised have an EBU licence.
table knew that he had got things wrong.
Julie’s 3t was just an attempt to play NOTE: Any events licensed by another National Bridge Organisation will not be
there but John, being used to being able to have master points credited to members’ records save for Wales, Scotland
involved in this sort of situation, knew and Northern Ireland with whom the EBU have a reciprocal agreement.
that he had to carry on in his own little
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