My dogs having to join in the Christmas festivities! Toro definitely doesn’t think it’s cool look but anything for a biscuit!
My first visit to the Melville was for a bridge lesson ( went with my In-laws and a family friend – just to make up the numbers). We didn’t have any idea about bridge – up until then we had only played partner whist.
The bridge lesson was led by Mr Paton – didn’t know his christian name as everything was very formal ( and sometimes scary) in those days (it’s still scary!).
He explained to us how to count our points and then a basic guide to the auction – and when the auction was complete you played the hand.
It’s not very often that you have an enjoyable lasting memory of a hand especially when you’ve gone one down in your contract.
I can’t even remember what the contract was!
Our opponents were top players ( my LHO was our guy that gives the great bridge tips and my RHO – don’t want to disclose this).
Anyway, I just needed one trick in Diamonds. I was on the table where there was QJxx in diamonds and I held the singleton King. So I thought – there’s no point in leading a small one to my king as RHO will surely put up his Ace – so I decided to play the Queen ( hoping that RHO would duck the ace and think that his partner had the King) – not a chance down came the Ace – and a quiet remark to the effect – “do you think I was born yesterday”. How dare I underestimate him – was the look on his face! Every time I think of it, it brings a smile to my face.