April 2016 English Bridge
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
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
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
'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
® K 6 5