"Tolson One Club"
Submitted by Fred Muise
May of this year (2000), John and Lynne invited us to join them in Pompano Beach, Florida for a week at their condo - Fun in the Sun - Off we went.
We arrived at
After settling in and seeing some sights, it was off to play bridge. Usually I play with Dianne, my partner in bridge and life, but John thought that the men and the women should play together for a change, we all agreed.
So John and myself sat down for a few minutes, so he could introduce me to his modified one club system. Well, being an avid reader of bridge books and new systems, I was in for a real treat.
John explains his system as follows:
#1 - Give point count on first bid.
#2 - We don’t play:
Weak jumps and jump shifts
Unusual No Trump
Roman Key Card
Fourth suit forcing
New minor forcing
One no trump forcing
We don’t need them!
I am thinking… what is left?
Now he says, as responder, don’t use the pass card, we don’t need that either, even with zero points.
if you are think how bewildered I felt, just think what the opposition must be
thinking after this
N E S W
*1S 2D **2S P
*John’s 1 spade shows 12 - 15 HCP, 4 or more spades. **Me- Responder--NOT ALLOWED TO PASS. I hold 2 small spades and 3 points.
I put my hand down and I don’t know who is more confused, me or the opponents. East mutters a few words, inaudible to my ears which assured me they are pretty much in the dark as I am. I just slump in my chair, pull down my hat and watch the results. John, all smiles, as if he has just been doubled in a lay down grand slam, plays out the hand. Yes, we went down 1 but E/W were cold for game. At this point I remember a remark made by a veteran player at Bridge World when he was playing in a doubled contract against Dianne and Caroline, going down…”You people put bridge back 1000 years”.
I’m sure you are wondering how the game turned out. Are you sitting down? We came first. Who needs all those books and lessons.
Here is the first hand of the evening at the “women’s table”. N/S Vul
W N E S
1S 2C P P
2S 3C P P
D P P P
Dianne has an unbalanced 27 HCP hand and using the Tolson Club System could not open 2C, went into the tank, trying to remember what to bid, finally opens as above. Well, as it turns out E/W cannot make game but ends up setting N/S 500 for a top board.
I think John’s book will be coming out soon. ANY BUYERS??????
EDITORS NOTE - Thanks Fred for sharing John’s secret, many of us have being waiting for insight into the Tolson Club.