|Posted on March 31, 2013 at 9:38 AM|
The Sacrificial Lamb
I was so proud of two of my students last evening. They came to the Club to join in a wonderful Passover Dinner Celebration followed by bridge. They were the only novice pair in the game, and there were twenty-six pairs, so the going was pretty tough.
This may have been only the second or third time they played in an Open Game, but they were still smiling when they reached my table for the final round.
Naughty Norma opened the bidding 1C and I overcalled 1S on my ten count (I did hold AQxxx in my suit.) Playful Patti raised Naughty's clubs and MY partner, Red Brid, jumped all the way to 4S. This gave Naughty pause for thought. Feeling she was among friends (she was) she pondered as to whether she should quietly give up or whether she should give it her all and take a chance, a gamble, by bidding on.
As her teacher, I quietly explained about taking a sacrifice. Did she think I could make 4S? What did Red Bird have to justify her jump to Game? If I doubled Naughty's bid, might she go down? By how much? Would that be better or worse than my vulnerable game.
"I'm going to do it," she bravely said. 5C!. Thank goodness I didn't double, because she made six!!!
Far from being a sacrificial lamb, Naughty turned out to be the lion at the table. Red Bird and I earned just another zero in what was one of the worst games we ever had. I remembered one of my philosophic pearls of wisdom - it's better to get ALL your bad boards on the same day. THAT way, you'll get some good games later.