February 2016 English Bridge
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
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