Each of us
recalls one special hand, a deal where we were unusually clever.
made a daring bid, or dropped an offside king.
is the reason that I remember mine.
playing in the Master Pairs. It was the last round of the session.
rolling along at a few boards over, but I knew we couldn't stop.
opponents seated themselves, and much to my delight,
I made a
bad lead on first board, and their partscore easily made.
I sorted my
hand and saw the chance to get a good board back.
To bid Four
Hearts was obvious, but that seemed too mundane.
Notrump," I bid in tempo, repeating it twice for Mother.
Hearts," she bid on her twelve-count. Could she be psyching,
partner, bless him, bid Three Hearts. His cuebid was my break!
looked at her ten-count. She'd paid her entry fee.
sank, I cautiously passed, and so did LHO.
He bid Four
Diamonds, I tried Four Hearts, but my message went undetected.
kept passing, never giving a hint that she knew we were in
up!!!" The Grape exclaimed, cards flying through the air.
can't imagine what you could have," he mumbled with a frown.
case you haven't noticed," he snarled, "I'm not blessed with
apologies were most profuse as I feebly tried to explain
down three for a zero, but he didn't utter another word
Las Vegas NABC; August, 1979
Board #26 -- EW vulnerable
Grape Mother Me Daughter
Pass 1S 1NT(!) 2H
3H 3S Pass Pass
4D Pass 4H Pass
6C Pass 6H Double
!#*@! All Pass
* * * * * * * * * *
I never thought
he'd play with me, or even speak to me again.
But the very next day I saw him, at the session's end.
He waved at me
and called my name, as he elbowed through the crowd.
And in one breath he blurted out, clear and sour and loud:
"I just picked up eight solid hearts, playing against a good pair.
I overcalled the `mundane' Four Hearts, and got a top -- SO THERE!"
And with that he
stalked away, but the lesson stayed with me.
It's one that's improved not only my scores, but my partnership harmony.
For to this day,
when about to succumb to a fit of cleverness,
I think of The Grape, and save myself, by going with the obvious.