To Bid Or Not To Bid

Inspired by Damien’s disaster story I recalled an early disaster of my own.
I had just emerged blinking from Classes to play in a scary Melville club competition. I was shaking with terror. The look on partner’s face signalled that she was either constipated or about to risk an opening bid. I had a very poor 5 count and decided I would pass whatever she bid and would not have to be declarer. Partner opened a club, my RHO passed. I was reaching for the Pass card when I noticed I had only two clubs. It dawned on me (insanely) that I could bid 1NT which might improve the contract. Too late I realised what I had done. Perhaps the opponents would kindly bid and no one would notice. No such luck. Partner bid two clubs passed out. I had to table my hand to reveal my stupidity.
RHO was a kenspeckle Scottish Internationalist who shall remain nameless. Let’s call him Les. He turned to declarer and asked innocently “does partner need a six card Major to introduce it at the one level?”

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Alan Goodman
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4 months ago

David’s story reminds me of a comment made to me during my early days playing competitive bridge. Most of us will be familiar with the question “having no spades partner” when partner fails to follow suit. This avoids partner possibly revoking in a moment of concentration lapse. My partner at that time was an experienced player known for his sharp tongue. Whilst defending a contract that should have been beaten, I found a misguided defense that let the contract make. Partner’s annoyed reaction was to ask “having no brains partner?” Although his comment stung at the time, I still smile… Read more »

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4 months ago
Reply to  Alan Goodman

Great story David! Really enjoyed reading it.

Rose Simpson
4 months ago

How come we always remember the big mistakes? What about all the glorious victories?

Alan Goodman
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4 months ago
Reply to  Rose Simpson

You’re absolutely right Rose. Great champions put negative thoughts completely out of their mind. For example, Jack Nicklaus never recalled missing a 2 foot putt even when he’d just come off the golf course.
Perhaps we’re too modest to talk about glorious victories?

Irene Sime
Irene Sime
4 months ago

I started taking prunes that night!!