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I can't play this hand!

As the nationals approach, I have been very busy, but I wanted to get this out before the nationals start.  Hopefully I'll have plenty of fresh material after the nationals, as well. :)

So, I got called over to a table and as I approached, one of the players came running over to me.  She fanned her hand and exclaimed in a stage whisper, "I can't play this hand!"  I asked her why not, and she told me that the lead had just been made and declarer called for the K from dummy.  She pointed to her hand and said, "But I have the K!"  Sure enough, we went back to the table and found that dummy had pulled the hand out of the wrong board.  Everyone got a chuckle out of it (although the side that had pulled the wrong hand was less happy when they got a penalty).

Another call I had recently, North was calling me and told me that West had taken a *very* long time to pass.  West verified that she had taken a while before she passed.  The auction to this point was: 

W
N
E
S
1
P
1
P
1NT
P
2
P
P
?

I cautioned East that she was to bid her cards and not take any inference from the fact that her partner had taken some time before passing.  I then told North that it was her bid and she exclaimed, "Oh, I pass!"

Next article will be sometime after the Atlanta NABC has concluded.

The opinions expressed in this article reflect that of the author and not the ACBL, WBF, or any other bridge organization.

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