Fun hand from ‘revoke king of South Africa’
Nothing much is happening at the Bridge Club — the only thing I have to remind you of is that the Christmas Party is on December 5.
It’s always a fun event, so make sure you book your space.
This week’s hand is one I’ve covered before, and I dug it out after my partner on BBO the other night revoked (not followed suit even though he had cards in that suit) and cost us two tricks.
The reason I went to this was to cheer myself up when I relived the consequences of this revoke ... for the opposition!
We have all revoked with varying consequences, but today’s hand features Ralph Mizrock, who in his day was known as the “revoke king of South Africa”, based on the number of times he revoked nearly every time he played.
All of his revokes, however, paled in front of this one during the Amsterdam World Pairs Olympiad in 1968. Mizrock was South.
Dealer North. East West vulnerable
WEST NORTH EAST SOUTH
Pass Pass Pass
1C 1D 1S Pass
3C Pass 3NT
Mizrock duly led partner’s suit, a Diamond, and it was covered by the 7 and 10 forcing East to win with the King. East now had nine tricks — or so it seemed.
East lead a Club to the Ace and on the second Club North discarded a small Spade and so did Mizrock sitting South. No one commented. On the Queen of Clubs North discarded a Spade and South discarded a small Heart. When declarer played the Club Jack, South woke up to the fact that he had revoked but at this stage still held 10, 8 in Clubs making the suit totally worthless in dummy.
Modrick called the director and explained what happened. Out came the rule book and all declarer was entitled to was two tricks, giving him a total of seven — down two. The onus was on all four players to call attention to a revoke and clearly none had done, so the result stood as down two.
Needless to say, the South Africans refused to take that score and conceded the contract to East-West. So a happy ending to a fairly stressful ten minutes in a World Championship.
Notice that if East wins the Diamond Ace and smoothly plays back a low Heart, the contract would probably fail. East would probably play the 10 and the defence would get two Spades, two Hearts and a Diamond — down one. Fun hand — and you can see how Mizrock earned his title.
P.S. I’m too rushed to check whether the revoke rules have changed and allow the director to “restore equity”, no doubt someone will let me know!
Monday, November 16
1. Lyn O’Neill-Dorry Lusher 1. Elizabeth McKee-Stephanie Kyme
2/3. Michael Antar-Elizabeth Stallard 2. Pat Siddle-Julia Beach
2/3. Bea Williams-Ivy Rosser 3. Diana Diel-Molly Taussig
1. Roman Smolski-Alan Douglas
2. Inger Mesna-John Rayner
3. Rachael Gosling-Elizabeth McKee
Tuesday, November 17
1. David Pickering-Betty Ann Sudbury
2. Nick Jones-Jean Wolosiuk
3. Claude Guay-Shan Shanahan
Wednesday, November 18
1. Jane Smith-Gertie Barker 1. George Correia-Heather Woolf
2. Donna Leitch-Jeanette Shaw 2. John Hoskins-Peter Donnellan
3/4. Lyn O’Neill-Molly Taussig 3. Greta Marshall-Lynanne Bolton
3/4. Mona Marie Gambrill-Gill Gray 4. Caroline Svensen-Dee Craft
Thursday, November 19
1. James and Marsha Fraser
2/3. Lane Martin-John Luebkemann
2/3. Linda Abend-Christine Lloyd-Jennings
1. Alan Douglas-Jane Smith 1. John Rayner-Inger Mesna
2. Greta Marshall-Peter Donnellan 2. Elizabeth McKee-John Glynn
Friday, November 20
1. GillGray-Pat Siddle 1. Elizabeth McKee-Diana Diel
2. Dorry Lusher-Dee Crafat 2. Michael Bickley-Molly Taussig
3. Richard Gray-Elysa Burland 3. Trish Colmet-Annabelle Mann
• Compiled by Julia Lunn