Edited from Newsgroup rec.games.bridge 29Jul05 message:295382 and the replies.
A collection of useful things to say when your bidding got you a bottom, and
you know it's your fault, but you don't want to admit it.
- "I don't play results."
- "I was using judgment. Points, schmoints."
- "It's good to be deceptive sometimes."
- "If you never get doubled, it means you're not bidding enough."
- "Even though they made it, now they know we like to double, so they'll
underbid from now on."
- "It's important to get in there and disturb the opponents'
- "Trust me, in an expert game, they would all be in this contract."
( or "It would've been a good sacrifice against a grand slam, and expert
players would have been getting there.")
- " I rather be in game going down two, then play two hearts."
- "Thank you for that quality dummy - I was wondering which opponent
held the missing kings in this auction."
- "It pays to overbid a bit to improve our skills at playing poor contracts."
- "If they don't make a few doubled contracts from time to time we are not
- I'm sorry I had a club in with my hearts.
- I'm sorry it was 95% my fault, for agreeing to play with you.
- I'm sorry, it was my fault for assuming you had any idea you knew what you
I recommend the "principle of first mistake" and "Principle of
last mistake", depending on exactly what happened.
Either: "It was your fault for not doubling. My later actions may not
have been best, but that was the first mistake."
Or: "We still could have got a good board had you not doubled. My
earlier actions may not have been best, but that was the last mistake."
An ex-regular partner once misplayed a hand. Apparently it was my fault, for
yawning too often as dummy.