My partner was having a bad night and not just because he was playing with me. Early on there was an ugly revoke, leaving us down one instead of making. A bid out of turn didn’t end up costing us anything because I was the only one at the table who noticed. I was the dealer and was trying to figure out just what to open when partner passed and then my RHO opened the bidding. In fact a take-out double described my hand better than I might have otherwise been able to so it may have even helped us a bit.
But those were trivial compared to the bizarre errors that took place on one hand in the fourth round. I am quite happy to say that for once I was not at fault. Vulnerable against not, my partner opened the bidding 2♠ and as is typically the case I was void in spades, what was not typical was that otherwise I had a nice hand:
But nothing gives me the jitters quite like a vulnerable misfit when the HCP are fairly evenly distributed so after my RHO passed I did as well and my LHO told his partner to lead. The opening lead was a small heart. When I put my hand down, my LHO joked that I should always put the trump down first, I replied that I had. Then he asked if I figured bidding 2NT would only get me a 3♠ response and I replied that I am “an eternal pessimist”. If memory serves partner won the ace of hearts and led a small diamond toward his hand (I think he had the king, in any event the diamonds set up). The important piece of information here is that the opponents got in and made him ruff a heart. Then he led the king of spades from his hand which lost to LHO’s ace. When partner got back in he led the queen of spades and my RHO showed out, my LHO gave my partner a little wave. Partner continued with the jack of spades followed by the ten on which my LHO played a club! My RHO said “No trump?!” sounding quite surprised. My LHO didn’t respond to his partner and I wasn’t going to say anything because while I was pretty damn sure my partner would not open 2♠ with nine of them to the KQJT, I was not at all sure this hand could be made so a revoke might come in handy. What I didn’t expect was my partner’s next move, he claimed the rest of the tricks!
My LHO was sputtering, “What do you mean the diamonds are good?” Partner looked confused, “Did I miss a diamond?” Since a director call was imminent I decided I ought to wait to mention the revoke. “You’re clueless!” LHO said in the same breath that he called for the director. For reasons that are clear to no one else, LHO wanted to speak to the director away from the table, once the director ascertained it was a faulty claim they returned and the director asked to see my LHO’s hand. (My partner’s hand was already face up on the table.) When the LHO showed his hand it was nothing but black cards including the 98x of trump. It seemed like as good a time as any to point out that my LHO had revoked on the last trick — news which caught him completely by surprise. When the revoke was proved to his satisfaction(?), LHO started demanding, “Partner, why didn’t you ask me, ‘No spades?’?” “I did!” “He did,” I added helpfully. The director finally made sense of the ridiculous circumstances (no easy task), and he granted us an over-trick. LHO was apoplectic.
I wish I could say that we went on to great things, but we gave all the matchpoints right back to them on the next hand when they got to an ice cold 7♠ with a combined 33 HCP.