Buenos Aires, July 27, 2017

Adolfo Madala
Adolfo Madala (Father)

Editor’s Note: Adolfo is Agustin Madala y Adolfito Madala father.

Much water has passed under the bridges since that distant 1966 in which I began to play bridge. Dramatic changes have happened in these 50 years in all respects, but I believe I am not mistaken if I affirm that the most important has been the appearance of the INTERNET, which has erased distances, something unimaginable in my early years.

We no longer need to wait a couple of months to find out boards, stories, anecdotes from big championships, now we can watch them in real time. For example these days I can follow, comfortably installed in my desk, the adventures of my two children in Toronto, Adolfo playing in the Steinberg team and Agustin in Lavazza team.

I was looking at the third round of the Steinberg vs Rosenthal match. After various incidents the match was heading to a draw, when the cards of the last board appeared on the screen and I hurried to look at my son Adolfo cards, one of the best world leaders as he likes to define himself.

Board 15 South Leader. N / S Vul.

Spade Suit 9 8 7 6 5
J 10 8 5 4
A 9
Spade Suit Q J 4
J 7 3
A 9 3 2
10 3 2
Spade Suit K 3
K 9 5 4 2

J 8 7 6 5 4
Spade Suit A 10 2
A Q 10 6
K Q 7 6

The bidding:

West North East South
Pass 3 Pass 3Spade Suit
Pass 3NT Pass 4Spade Suit
Pass Pass Pass

N/S were heading to play a game after a 2NT opening bid. At the other table my son’s teammates had played 3NT with an over-trick, here the opponents chose to play 4Spade Suitalso 10 tricks.

Gio thinks and Robin & Adolfo suggest

Adolfo was thinking the lead when I looked his partner’s hand, Robin Fellus (ITA), and I discovered that he had a diamond void and the Spade SuitKx. The situation had changed, now a diamond lead would defeat the contract.

But, although I always hope for the best, it seemed to me that a diamond lead was almost impossible, Adolfo was still thinking. I started looking for a good explanation for a diamond lead. Spade was excluded and Robin had not doubled the 3 hearts transfer.

So…HEY! It was not that impossible, it was almost a 50%, and Adolfo was still thinking. As time passed the 3 clubs cards appeared to me more and more horrible, I was already convinced that the only reasonable lead was diamond, I began to send my son telepathic messages, waiting for the network to transmit it to my son, and suddenly the 3  appeared over the table, 12 IMP’s for Steinberg.

With many hands like this one; I will finish at the hospital. How I love the INTERNET!