By Val Rhead
One of our readers, also a member of my Book Group, asked me an interesting question. “What is the correct way to make a bid?” she asked. She explained that at a recent game, a player had taken his green Pass card out of the bidding box. Before it hit the table, he withdrew it and pulled out the One Spade card. She wanted to know if this was proper.
No, it is not. Bridge is a game of rules, many, many rules. These help ensure, among other things, that players don’t give their partners unauthorized information. In this case, you cannot have two bids for the price of one. The partner would unfairly know that opener’s points were at the minimum level. Why else would opener at first start to play the Pass card? If opener’s partner was considering whether or not the partnership could proceed to a game contract, the partner would be influenced by the knowledge that opener had a low-strength hand.
The same thing would happen if a pair was playing in a Social game without bidding boxes. If the opener studied and studied her hand and started to say “Pas… , and then sputtered “One SSSpade,” the partner would get a fair idea of how weak opener’s hand was and, human nature being what it is, would be influenced in deciding how to respond.
A similar situation can occur when a player is making the opening lead. He starts to put down a Heart and has second thoughts. He puts the card back into his hand, and leads a Spade. This also would give his partner unauthorized information. Partner now knows that the player on lead has some cards of both suits and is uncertain about what would be the best lead. This would unfairly affect his decision-making. Players should take some time before actually bidding or leading to make sure that they have made the right decision. Think with your brain, not with your fingers and lips.
Perhaps in a friendly Social game, these indiscretions would be ignored, but why not learn to make your bids and make your leads correctly? As I have said, Bridge does have many, many rules, but they are part of what makes the game the interesting game that it is.
Another useful tidbit of information: There is a saying in Bridge circles that “a peek is worth two finesses.” If you hold your cards in such a way that the opponents can see them, you are helping them beat you. Hold your cards straight up rather than sloped towards the centre of the table. Hold your cards in such a way that the hand is not curved so that some of the cards are visible to an opponent from the side. If you are short, as I am, move your chair a little farther away from the table. Players want to play honestly and often will ask you to “breast your cards” as they don’t want to take unfair advantage. However, they are human. It’s hard to resist if they inadvertently spy the King of Diamonds in your hand which is on their left-hand side. They may understandably decide not to finesse their Ace-Queen Diamond tenace.
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NEW SOCIAL BRIDGE GAME IN HUNTSVILLE
Games are at the Active Living Centre, Thursdays at 7pm, in the multi-purpose room 2nd floor (elevator) (back entrance of Canada Summit Centre)
Just come – with or without a partner. For information, please contact Donna or Peter Tikuisis at 647-471-1774 or [email protected]
For now, this game will be played following Chicago Rules (allowing both fast and slow games). You will keep your same partner for the entire evening. Cost is $1.50 per person. Parking is outside the North Entrance opposite Heritage Village Railway Station.
NOTE: PORT CARLING SOCIAL BRIDGE CLUB moves to 1pm Mondays
Games for the Port Carling Social Bridge Club move from 7pm to 1pm Monday afternoon starting Oct 15, 2018 at the Port Carling Community Centre, 3 Bailey Street. Please arrive with your partner at least 10 minutes before game time. For information, contact Andree or Scott 705-764-3827 [email protected]
Monday, Oct. 8th winners … Irene Bond and Dorothy Beckman.
HUNTSVILLE DUPLICATE BRIDGE CLUB
Games for the Huntsville Club are Tuesday evening 7:00, Trinity United Church 33 Main Street. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early. Contact Jan Roberts 705-635-2522 or [email protected] for information and partnerships.
The following winners are for Tuesday, Oct 9 with 13 pairs playing a Howell movement. 1. Jim Smith and Ralph Mitchell; 2. Mary Whitehead and Helen Pearson; 3. Liz Barnes and Bev Howard; 4. Kathy Kent and David Kent; 5. Susan Marshall and Jan Roberts; 6/7/8. Liz Graham and Sandy Graham; 6/7/8. Fay MacDonald and Yvonne Cox; 6/7/8. Vern Foell and Rod Dixon
MUSKOKA DUPLICATE BRIDGE CLUB (Bracebridge)
Games for the Bracebridge Club are Mondays 7pm, Knox Presbyterian Church, 120 Taylor Road. Please arrive 15 minutes before game time. For information or partnerships, call Brian at 705-645-5340 [email protected]
The following winners are from Monday, Oct 8 with 17 pairs playing a Mitchell movement. North-South 1. Mary Luke and Donna McIntosh; 2. Jinty Stewart and Jane Insley; 3. Liz Barnes and David Bryce; 4. Betty Rintoul and Hazel Bowes; 5. Lyn Walisser and Bev Howard; East-West 1. Val Rhead and Joanne Garvey; 2/3. Art Insley and Don Evans; 2/3. Lynda Mochrie and Wayne Mochrie; 4. Sandy Retter and David Scarlett; 5. Ann Cassie and Bruce Cassie
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