Page 0045

FEB_08_EB p44-45 Kambites.qxd 15/1/08 9:49 am Page 41

Opener (Hand E) Responder

Beyond the green baize

♠54 ♠ AQ632

♥ AK763 WN E

♥ 94

♦72 S ♦ 643 This column features interesting people you might meet at a local bridge club.

Contributions welcome!

♣AJ42 ♣ KQ9

Opener Responder

Robert Gasser

1♥ 1♠

2♣ 2♦

2♥ Pass

With a minimum opening and nothing to

add to what he has already said, opener

reluctantly rebids the five-card heart suit.

There is one sequence which allows the

fourth suit to be bid at the one level:

Auction (i) Auction (ii)

Opener Responder Opener Responder

1♣ 1♦ 1♣ 1♦

1♥ 1♠ 1♥ 2♠

I recommend that 1♠ in (i) is natural,

showing four spades. It might be neces-

sary to find a 4-4 spade fit if opener has a DR ROBERT GASSER is a regular at to being hired as film locations.

4-4-0-5 or 4-4-1-4 shape. Responder may Summertown Bridge Club, Oxford, Robert Gasser well remembers how

be quite weak for this bid, but it should be where his charming and cheerful manner much he enjoyed working with the late

played as forcing for one round. In (ii), 2♠ make him a popular member. He has John Thaw (with Robert in the picture

is the conventional fourth suit bid. not been playing there all that long: above) and the rest of the cast in the town

although he learned to play bridge in his that Colin Dexter, creator of Morse, (also

One last useful principle undergraduate years at Oxford Univer- a regular ‘extra’ in the series), dubbed the

sity, he gave up the game for about forty ‘murder capital of the world.’ Robert’s

I will end with another useful principle: years because of family and work com- walk-on roles in Morse brought him his

mitment, and has only gone back to only speaking part – as the Chancellor of

playing club bridge two years ago. Once Oxford University in Richard Attenbo-

In any auction in which the fourth a week is enough for Robert, but he rough’s film Shadowlands, in which he

suit is used, the sixth bid makes the keeps his bridge wits sharp by practising delivered a speech in Latin!

auction game forcing. with the computer software his daughter Asked about his best and worst

gave him as a Christmas present. ‘I enjoy memories of his involvement with film

a friendly atmosphere,’ says Robert, ‘and making, Robert remembered talking to

I don’t think people should be fanatical the late Sir John Gielgud on the set of a

Opener (Hand F) Responder about bridge, but at the same time I Morse episode as one of the highlights.

♠ 54 ♠ AJ9632 prefer it if the game is taken seriously – The worst moment came right at the

♥ AK763

W

N

E

♥ 94 and I do like to win!’ start of his film ‘career’: during the

♦ 72 S ♦ A4 Robert, who before retiring was the shooting of Young Sherlock Holmes,

♣ AJ42 ♣ KQ9 bursar of Brasenose College, Oxford, had produced by Steven Spielberg in 1985, a

an unusual hobby before bridge beck- scene required a main square in Oxford

oned again: he specialised in Hitchcock- to be covered in snow. The effect was

Opener Responder type appearances in several episodes of achieved by smothering the area with a

1♥ 1♠ the famous Inspector Morse series. ‘It special foam, while the falling flakes

2♣ 2♦ wasn’t what you might call acting,’ says were simulated by five tons of bits of

2♥ 2♠ Robert, ‘but it was great fun!’ paper pumped out by hoover-like

3♠ 4♠ Robert’s involvement with Morse was devices. ‘It all worked very well,’ sighs

the consequence of another hobby of his: Robert at the memory, ‘but clearing all

Responder is looking for doubleton spade acting as the liaison between filming and that paper was a bit of a nigthmare,

support, but cannot jump to 3♠ over 2♣ as broadcasting companies, and what was especially since I had not realised that it

that is not forcing. So he uses the fourth suit unofficially known as the ‘Oxford Filming would be my job to make sure there

and then bids on: 2♠ is the sixth bid and Consortium’ – a group of colleges, would be no trace of it left at the end of

makes the auction game forcing. Now there libraries and theatres which had agreed the shoot!’

is plenty of space to compare notes.

www.ebu.co.uk February 2008 English Bridge 41

Index

  1. Page 0001
  2. Page 0002
  3. Page 0003
  4. Page 0004
  5. Page 0005
  6. Page 0006
  7. Page 0007
  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