The Weekend Australian - Review


- England · Norway · David Gold

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.

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