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us,' she said. 'You always seem to play differently

from everyone else.'

'We'll do our best, Matron,' Bertie Bellis replied.

This was the first board of the round:

West North East South

Percy Stefan Bertie The

Cutforth Götel Bellis Matron

1´ 2™

Pass 4™ All Pass

The �´9 was led and down went the dummy.

'Goodness me!' exclaimed the Matron. 'That's

not enough for a raise to game.'

With any other partner Götel would have bid 2´

to show a sound raise to the three-level. The last

time he had tried this, the Matron had informed

him that 2´ asked for a spade stopper. Perhaps he

should have bid just 3™, particularly as she would be

playing the hand. 'Sorry, Matron,' he replied. 'I must

have mis-counted my points.'

Bertie Bellis won the first trick with the ´Q and

continued with the ´A. When he led the ´4 to the

next trick, Percy Cutforth could not stop himself

from laughing. 'There's no need to treat me like a

backward child, Bertie,' he said, as he ruffed with the

seven.

The Matron overruffed with dummy's ™A and

played a trump to her king, disappointed to find

that she now had a trump loser. There was no way

to avoid a subsequent club loser and the game went

one down. 'It wasn't very polite of you to laugh

when your seven of trumps forced the ace,' she

reprimanded.

'Sorry, Matron, I wasn't laughing at you,' Percy

Cutforth replied. 'I was laughing at Bertie, leading a

low spade to force me to ruff. Of course I would

have ruffed, even if he had led the ´K at trick three.'

'We were much too high after Stefan's raise,'

continued the Matron.

The other three players shared a glance. Instead of

overruffing with the ace, the Matron should have

discarded a club from dummy. Six trump tricks,

two top clubs and a club ruff in dummy, plus the

diamond ace would have given her the contract.

'I won't do it again, Matron,' said Stefan Götel.r

Love All. Dealer East.

´ 10 2

™ A 6 5 2

t J 8 6 4

® A 9 4

´ 9 3 ´ A K Q 8 6 4

™ 7 ™ Q J

t Q 10 7 5 3 2 t K 9

® J 8 7 2 ® Q 10 3

´ J 7 5

™ K 10 9 8 4 3

t A

® K 6 5

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