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An Opportunity Missed
During an event held in July 1975 a young British pair were playing against Belladonna and partner, and Belladonna made a face-up lead out of turn.
The declarer has his rights explained to him, and elected to accept the lead.
The contract failed.
Afterwards his partner hissed: Idiot!!!… dont you know that if you get a chance to refuse a lead made by Belladona you should automatically do it!!!
Incidentally you should try hissing “idiot” sometime. It’s not easy.
European Bridge Championships, Brighton 1975:
Terence Reese was leaving the Vugraph Room, where he was the principal commentator.
How’s it going? ask a member of the public.
Terence gave him a distant look and replied: What? The golf, the cricket or the backgammon?
What did Garozzo say when his partner bid 3NT on the misfit hand against Poland, and went four down?
Michael Vickers (the announcer): I dont know, but I judge it wise to disconnect the microphone.
24th European Bridge Championships 1965, Ostende
Psychology was not the strong point of a Hungarian player found drowning his sorrow at the bar one evening. He told a player from another country:
– This afternoon my opponents bid 7 hearts, I bid spades twice and held among others seven spades to the ace. Of course I was sure one of them was void in spades, so I did not lead my ace but another suit.
– I understand they made it and each of them had a spade
– Yes sir, but that’s not all: tonight our opps bid seven diamonds. I held the blank ace of spades and nobody ever mentioned that suit. Of course now I led that Ace, it was ruffed and it proved to be the only lead to give declarer the contract!!
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