The Italian work ethic

November 16, 2009 at 12:03 pm 1 comment

Speaking of the world champions, as the Italians were the year they beat us in the NOT final, here is a story that isn’t going in the updated History of Australian Bridge.

We lost the first set and in my opinion should have swapped, just normal after losing. But a certain person on our team, whom I will only call Phil M. in order that he isn’t identified, refused to come out of the closed room. So, we lost our choice and lost another set. At that point I had a cunning plan for how to get our choice back.

One of the Italians in the Open room had played throughout with his hand up a girl’ leg. It seems to be physically attached. Honestly. He played one-handed. It seemed obvious to me that there was no way he’d go into the Closed room as that would involve having to amputate his right arm. I suggested, therefore, once more, that we should swap seats and this time Phil was bullied into agreeing. My partner and I went into the Closed room…and the two players who’d been beating our brains in the Open room followed us. It turned out my RHO could remove his arm from the girl’s leg if he wanted to. Damn. Only now we’d irritated him too. Double damn.

Interesting, though, to see just how professional those Italians are. They were playing a team they might have expected to beat easily, they were up a fair margin and yet still they did the right thing, no matter how inconvenienced they were by it.

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  • 1. phil markey  |  November 16, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    hmmm – i dont recall “refusing” to come out of the closed room – in fact i dont recall any discussion about line-ups so i defer to your recollection

    i do recall that simon and i played versace and some relative no-name italian the first set and did ok – they bid 6 spades making at your table requiring a hook and finding the trump queen missing 5 which accounted for the first set margin

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