John is on
a Lucky Streak
‘IT’S been a really long evening,’ sighed compounded the situation. I must now Mike Swanson
John wearily. point out to Julie that what John has just
‘Yes, you have had to play some really said is unauthorised information for you
difficult hands, but you have done well so (but not for East-West). Now as to the bid done. He then looked at the dummy and
far and there’s only one round to go,’ out of turn followed by East’s 3t, this is said: ‘Oh well, play the ace of clubs. No,
replied Julie encouragingly. covered by Law 28B which states that hold on, I should finesse, so play the queen
when East bid 3t he forfeited the right to of clubs.’
apply the penalty for a bid out of turn; in ‘You can’t change your mind like that,’
N/S Game. Dealer North. addition, the auction now continues as said Julie. ‘I am going to call the Director.’
´ QJ82 though John had not yet called. I must By now the Director was at the table
™ J62 point out, however, to Julie that all infor- already as he, and the rest of the room, had
t Q 10 4 2 mation gained from the 2´ bid is un- heard all the commotion. He said ‘John
® AQ authorised for you (Law 16D2).’ must play the ace of clubs as this was
´ 975 ´ 4 Over the 3t bid, John now chose to clearly a change of mind on his part,
™ A Q 10 9 3 W N E ™ 5 4 compete with 3´. Julie knew from John’s rather than an inadvertent designation.’
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t AK98765 conversation with the Director that 2´ ‘But I don’t mind him changing his
® 643 ® K J 10 was meant to be a weakness take-out but, mind, he can play the queen if he wants,’
´ A K 10 6 3 realising that she could not take advantage said East looking longingly at his king of
™ K87 of that information, she dutifully raised to clubs.
t Void 4´ since 3´ was definitely a forcing bid in ‘It is not for you to decide, the law is
® 98752 their system. quite clear,’ replied the Director.
John ruffed the opening diamond lead, After the ace of clubs, John decided that
led a trump to the queen and one back to as he had tried to play the queen he had
West North East South his ace. Then, intending to play another better do so to the next trick. East took the
Julie John round of trumps, he placed another black trick and played a heart to West’s queen.
1NT Stop 2´ card on the table not realising that it was West then led a trump but John was able
the two of clubs. West followed and John to win in hand, ruff a club, and then play
After Julie’s 1NT opening East placed his called for the jack. the jack of hearts to West’s ace of hearts.
stop card on the table and, before he could ‘You haven’t got the jack of clubs,’ John was then able to claim the rest of the
follow it up with 3t, John bid 2´. John groaned Julie in exasperation. tricks.
looked up to see a look of horror on Julie’s ‘No, I want you to play the jack of East-West both shook their heads in
face but help was at hand: oblivious to spades of course.’ despair as somehow John had stumbled
John’s bid out of turn, East now com- ‘John, I know you are tired but you still upon the only way to make his contract.
pleted his bid by placing his 3t on the have to follow the rules, one of which is to Julie, however, was full of praise: ‘John I
table. follow suit. You have led the two of clubs do believe that you are on a lucky streak.
‘Director!’ called Julie, now with a look from your hand.’ What a shame you are so tired this
of amusement on her face. John looked down and saw what he had evening . . .’ r
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