A Lighter Look
A “Ballsy Auction” by Pam Livingston.
The National 15A teams in Nelson on the weekend was a fabulous tournament. Well done to the Nelson Bridge Club and thank you to the sponsor Mathews Eyewear Eyecare.
Sometimes people ask me if I play women’s bridge. Is this a different game from normal bridge? Maybe the queen is higher than the king in that version? Maybe you are allowed one hand in the session when dummy’s cards get a makeover? I’m not sure.
With that in mind four demure ladies sat down for a match of 14 boards - yes, I was one of the demure ladies(!) playing with Jan Alabaster against Carol Richardson and Andi Boughey.
On the second board of the set I held:
The auction started as follows (I was North):
West North East South
- 2 is a multi two showing either a weak two in a major or 20 to 22 balanced
- 2 is less than game interest and showing longer spades than hearts or equal length
- x is take-out of hearts
Then it got interesting. Opener now redoubled and this was showing a 20-22 balanced hand and hearts! Partner passed, then another pass, and back to me. I had a image in my head of these huge numbers being wracked up like an old-fashioned adding machine! What was the score for 2xx making four? Did I have any alternative but to pass? No I didn’t. I told partner I had a take-out of hearts and she chose to pass.
So here we are in 2xx. This is one of the ballsiest auctions (I think that’s a term from women’s bridge) I have seen in some time and we all just sat there staunch.
Result; down three for a score of 1000 to North- South.
The whole hand:
|2 ♥||Dbl||Rdbl||All pass|
Nobody made a comment as the score was recorded and I was so impressed with the other pair as they went on to play very well for the rest of the match.
At the end of the match, the scores were read from the bridge mate to confirm with both sides. As the 1000 was read out, we all just laughed and went on to the other scores. Andi and Carol went on to top the datum for the event with their team finishing second.
By the way, I am of the opinion that multi 2 should be a compulsory part of any system. All the best bridge stories come from multi twos!
At another table were 4 "real men" . The auction had its moments too though the end result was much tamer but much more to West's liking. Once again, the Multi 2 got the bidding under way:
West North East South
Pass x Pass 2
Pass 2 Pass 3
Result: down 2 +200 to East - West. Maybe when you have nothing, the best action after your partner opens a Multi 2is to pass...if you have the..... to do so!
(shh .. no male names allowed)