Join Bridge Winners
The Lilypad Bridge Club Tales - Science in Confusion

The monthly Denizens of the Deep Swiss had attracted the usual motley group.

The early going was close and the front runners didn’t begin to distance themselves from the pack until after the dinner break. Sam Shark and his expert cronies made an early run. Then Georgiana Goldfish and her pro team took the lead. Bijoy Bombay Duck’s foursome were an unknown quantity, but were hanging close to the leaders.

The 7th round pitted Sam Shark against Bijoy Bombay Duck.

‘Who is this guy? Where’s he from?’ demanded Sam as he headed into the open room.

‘Dunno,’ responded Jerome Frog. The Frog was the resident senior kibitzer at the LilyPad Bridge Club. ‘I heard Bijoy is a software wizard. Google recruited him from Mumbai recently.’

‘Really ?’ snorted the Shark; he did not sound impressed.

The 7th round was decisive. The Goldfish and Bombay Duck squads had big wins to separate themselves from the field. They squared off in the 8th round to decide the winner.

Bijoy was the new and unknown quantity so Jerome Frog settled down behind him for the 8th round. The 4th board decided the match. Bijoy was looking at: 7, AKQ2, AKJ84, A84. The bidding was spirited.

Bijoy Bombay Duck
7
AKQ2
AKJ84
A84
Another Bombay Duck
K932
7
10953
KJ52
W
N
E
S
P
1
1
2
P
2
P
3
P
6
P
P
P

Goldfish West lead his spade ace as Bijoy stared at dummy in surprise. As he followed low to trick one, Bijoy looked quizzically at partner, ‘3?’

‘Well, I was showing club cards for 3NT,’ responded Bombay Duck North.

‘Oh ? …really!....we need to discuss this later.’

‘Ummh.’ thought Bombay Duck North. ‘I hope this won’t become a Levin/Weinstein email exchange.’

Goldfish West continued with another spade, dummy’s Q winning. Bijoy studied the cards for a few moments then decisively cashed A, A and K and ruffed a heart. The T lost to Goldfish East’s queen. One down.

The bidding at the other table had a surrealistic quality.

Bombay Duck West
AQJ108
J1043
Q2
97
Georgiana Goldfish
K932
7
10953
KJ52
Bombay Duck East
654
9865
76
Q1063
Goldfish South
7
AKQ2
AKJ84
A84
W
N
E
S
 
P
1
2
3
P
3
P
3N
P
4
P
4
P
4N
P
5
P
5
5
5N
P
6N
P
P
D

4 was misguided. Georgiana’s partner was a young pro, not yet seasoned in the intricacies of professional play. He meant 4 as a control bid. Georgiana knew it was Gerber – hadn’t it followed 3NT? Georgiana was a Kantar devotee and her 4 was 1430 but Goldfish South was on a different page. Befuddled, he retreated to 4NT; 5 would have been clearer. Now it was Georgiana’s turn to be confused. What could 4NT be? 4 had just asked for keycards ………maybe....surely…Ah, kings. She showed her lowest ranking K, proud of her expert modern response. Goldfish South sought to sign off in 5 but Georgiana now had the bit in her teeth and showed her next king – 5. Goldfish South was completely lost. He should have simply bid 6, but chose the pick-a-slam 5NT. This all-purpose safety bid was a useful device in an expert auction, but was outside Georgiana Goldfish’s bidding repertoire; she only knew 5NT as a GSF, but grand slams made her uneasy. There was no room for error. And she had no major diamond honors anyway. And why hadn’t partner bid 6? She signed off uncertainly in 6NT.

Bombay Duck East led his 4 to Bombay Duck West’s ace. Georgiana Goldfish won the spade continuation with the K and counted and …..re-counted her top tricks – 8! But she had been here before. Taking a deep breath she laid down A and K dropping the Q. At the sight of the Q Georgiana heaved a sigh of relief and started cashing the rest of her diamond tricks. On the fifth diamond she threw a club. Having won 6 tricks; Georgiana could count another 5. She looked at her KJ longingly but in a slam she did not trust finesses. Maybe someone would discard incorrectly! With her inner guardian angel helping she next cashed the top two clubs. Bombay Duck West had to retain a spade and Bombay Duck East had to hold onto his Q. Magically, the 2 scored at trick thirteen. Quivering in ecstasy, Georgiana Goldfish gathered in her 12th trick.

*********************************************************

Georgiana beamed as Goldfish South offered her a congratulatory glass of champagne. Bijoy Bombay Duck came over to offer his congratulations. He was curious. ‘What made you play for the drop of the Q?’

‘Oh,’ beamed Georgina, ‘eight ever, nine never.’

‘You weren’t playing 3NT,’ Peter Parrotfish joined in.

‘I know,’ said Georgina, offended. Really, someone needed to put the Parrotfish in his place ‘I was in 6NT!’

‘Exactly. In 3NT you cash A and K and if the Q does not fall you finesse the Q for 9 tricks. In 6NT, that would not be the best play.’ Peter Parrotfish was not known to be sensitive.

Bijoy Bombay Duck stared at Georgiana in consternation. ‘The bidding at your table and early play suggested vacant spaces of 9:6 making the Q 60% with your LHO.’

‘Oh no.” repeated GG, still beaming. ‘Eight ever, nine never.’

‘Curious,’ thought Jerome Frog sipping his malbec. ‘A 6 or 2 hand. Odds on in favor of the palooka!’

The Frog raised his glass to Georgiana Goldfish. ‘Congratulations, Georgiana. Eight ever, nine never!’

2 Comments
Getting Comments... loading...
.

Bottom Home Top