A Tribute to Joe Farley
Although my late, great partner Joe has been mentioned previously in this column, he is deserving of further mention. This story was provided by Mark Ralph, a fine player from San Francisco and the son of the west player on this deal:
In third seat, Joe opened
1♥ on his singleton.
Don Ralph, who had a lot of imagination and who had played against Joe on a number of
occasions, overcalled 3♣ on his singleton!
North jumped to 4♥. Realizing that he had been
out-psyched by the old man on his left, Joe knew that his proverbial goose was
cooked; but he could do little other than to pass.
After Don doubled that contract for a
1400-point set, Joe congratulated his
opponent for a "good bid".
Had the vulnerability been different, the east player might have "sacrificed" in
5♣, in which case the goose would have been warming in another