NOT ONLY INEXPERIENCED PLAYERS  FORGET CONVENTIONS !!

Remembering Texas  by Matthew Granovetter  (from The Jerusalem Post)

 

This hands occurred in a London rubber bridge game many years ago. The late Boris Schapiro was South partnered by a Texan visiting England

      TEXAN    
  North Dealer ª K 9    

 

Love All

©

 Q J 9 6

 

 

 

 

¨

 A K 10 8

 

 

 

 

§

 K 10 7

 

 

 

 

 

N

 

 

ª 7 2     ª  6 5 3

©

 K 8 3

 

W                          E

©

A 7 5 4 2

¨

 9 7 6 5 3 2

 

 

¨

 -

§

 Q J

 

 

§

 A 6 4 3 2

 

 

 

S

 

 

 

 

ª

 K

 

 

 

 

©

 Q J 7 5 2

 

 

 

 

¨

 A 9 6 5 3

 

 

 

 

§

 5 2

 

 

      BORIS SCHAPIRO    

W

N

E

S

 

1♦

Pass

1

Pass

1NT

Pass

2¨'

Pass

3

Pass

4

 

All

Pass

 

Schapiro covered the queen of dubs, losing to the ace. East returned the 2 of clubs, a suit-prefer­ence signal. West won and led a diamond, East ruff ing. East led a club, West ruffing. West now led the 9 of diamonds, a suit-preference card for hearts, East ruffing. East underled his ace of hearts to West's king, and West gave East a third diamond ruff. Down four.

Schapiro, who was never shy about postmortem criticism, said (trying to be funny): "Your fault, partner. You should open such hands with a spade. Then I give you four, which you make in comfort."

This time Schapiro's partner had a good answer: "In Texas, I would declare this hand in four spades after opening one notrump."

North went on to explain the Texas transfer convention, whereupon South bids four hearts over one notrump and North becomes declarer. East is on lead, and unless he finds a low heart lead, North makes 10 tricks.

After this hand, Schapiro, who played his best bridge game without a lot of conventions, adopted the Texas convention. The first time it came up in a Masters Pairs in England, his partner Terence Reese bid four hearts over one no trump, and Schapiro forgot and passed four hearts! The second time it came up in a European Teams Champi­onship, and Schapiro forgot again, this time bidding four hearts over one no trump with a six-card heart suit. Reese took the transfer to four spades, and Schapiro then bid six hearts to clear things up. The slam made, but only because it was declared from the six-card-suit side. So Schapiro was right to forget Texas on that occasion!