The Weekend Australian - Review
Surprising to report, tournament bridge is in complete lockdown. It is not surprising that there are no face-toface events, but it is surprising that there are no good online events. The trouble is that no-one has taken any steps to provide security and, sadly, without security, the result of any online match is meaningless. The current mood among experts is that security should not be necessary. David Gold of England says cheats should own up and say sorry for the damage they have inflicted on the game. Boye Brogeland of Norway says, “We need a cultural change in bridge – it is way overdue.” I wish these guys were right, but I fear they are in dreamland. The only way to stamp out cheating is cast iron security.
Some plays fall into the category of good technique. For example, with a trump suit of KQJ10982 you would ruff with a high card, retaining the two for a possible later manoeuvre. Today’s deal is another example. It was played by Eric Greco in a North American national.