Let us now praise the power of the green card. The one that says “Pass.” Not only has it been keeping the overbidding side of me out of trouble lately, but it’s also been a key factor in some winning efforts.
Two prime examples came last weekend. Friday at the Niagara Bridge Centre in St. Catharines, Selina Volpatti and I were less aggressive than usual – winning only eight bids in the 21 hands that I played (after missing the first three for coming in late) – but our defensive efforts were what won the day. Our two absolute tops were defensive. So were a couple near-tops.
Again on Saturday at the Airport Bridge Club on this side of the border, Ron Henrikson and I were closed out on most of contracts – we were declarers on only nine of 27 -- but that proved beneficial. Four of our five top boards were defensive.
And all this, for the moment, is unschooled. Perhaps I could stand to read a good book on defense.