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Quo Vadis?

Quo Vadis?


The following article was written by Svend Novrup in the 10th bulletin of the 1993 European Bridge Championships in Menton.


The bidding of the last hand of the Denmark – Finland match in Round 12 of the Open Series was almost over:


West
103
J1074
Q873
1072
North
J8
A6
AK652
8653
East
42
KQ985
1094
QJ9
South
AKQ9765
32
J
AK4
W
N
E
S
 
P
1
1
2
P
3
P
4
P
5
P
5
P
5
P
5N
P
6
P
6
P
P
P
D
6 South
NS: 0 EW: 0


After East had passed 6, the tray stayed for several minutes South of the screen. North and East discussed somewhat surprised what could be the problem. Some exotic layout? Had somebody maybe fainted out there?

As we are not limited because the curtain happens to be down we move to the other side of the screen. The tray is there, all right. South has bid 6 but where are the players? The monitor explains: West, rocking somewhat uncomfortably in his chair asked South, Peter Schaltz, if they could postpone the continuation a bit. He needed a visit to the toilet.

So did Schaltz, and they went out together without telling anybody.

We now move the spotlight to the toilet. Two gentlemen are easing up with their flies open.

The Finn asks:

- What does 4 and 5 mean?
- They are Danish Trelde asking bids.
- Oh, I have read about those. So, North will have two Aces...
- Yes, she has the two red Aces...
- ... and K.
- Yes, that’s absolutely right. And as she gave a negative response to 5NT, she will have nothing more.
- I lead the J, will that bother you?
- Not at all, you see I hold seven spades to AKQ, a doubleton heart, singleton diamond, and three clubs to AK. I discard a heart on K and make 12 tricks if there is not some squeeze.

They had finished, zipped their trousers, and returned to the table where North and East were now more than impatient. West added a pass, and the tray finally passed the curtain again.

After another two fast passes, West led the J, the curtain was lifted, and while Dummy was tabling her cards, Peter Schaltz leaned towards West and asked:

- Are you squeezed?

Negative answer, and they returned their cards into the slots and wrote 12 tricks on to their scorecards.

North and East were mystified. Little did they know that they will probably enter the Guiness Book of Records because they were present at the first European Championship hand ever being played at the toilet - though they did not really witness it.

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