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February 2016 English Bridge

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This was the second board of the round:

West North East South

Head- Percy Rev Bertie

master Cutforth Benson Bellis

2® Pass 2t

2´ Pass Pass 3™

Pass 4™ All Pass

The Headmaster led the ´K and down went the

dummy. 'How can you pass over 2´ on a strong

hand like that?' queried the Reverend Benson.

'Surely you're worth a take-out double?'

'A double would have been for penalties,' Percy

Cutforth replied. 'After my 2® opening, Bertie has to

bid again when I pass.'

'That may be,' the ancient cleric replied. 'I'd still

find passing a bit risky.'

Bertie Bellis won the ´K lead with dummy's ace

and drew trumps with the ace, king and queen. A

light came to his eye. The club position had some

potential. His next move was to play the ®4 to his

®8. When this forced an honour from West, the

contract was his. He won the diamond switch with

the ace and played another club. It made no

difference whether East played his ace or not. If he

did, there would be two discards for the diamond

losers. If he did not, declarer would lose only one

club and could afford to lose a diamond.

'The interesting deals keep on coming tonight,'

declared Bertie Bellis. Finessing the ®8 was an extra

chance. If it loses to the ®9, I can still take the

diamond finesse.'

Interesting for some, extremely tedious for

others, thought the Headmaster. Thank goodness

he had to face Bertie for only two boards a week!r

N/S Game. Dealer North.

´ A 5

™ A K Q 5

t A K 5

® Q J 6 4

´ K Q J 10 9 6 ´ 8 4 2

™ 7 ™ 6 3 2

t 9 8 4 t Q 6 3

® K 3 2 ® A 9 7 5

´ 7 3

™ J 10 9 8 4

t J 10 7 2

® 10 8

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