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Bridge at Cholmeley School

BRIDGE FICTION

The Matron’s

excellent bid David Bird

THE Matron eased herself into the North hearts continuation with dummy’s king

seat and proceeded to sanitise her hands Game All. Dealer North. and proceeded to run the trump suit. He

with an anti-bacterial hand wipe. The ´ Q974 soon reached this end position:

Headmaster surveyed the scene disapprov- ™ AK6

ingly. He had managed to survive 65 years t 86

without the use of such fripperies. What ® KQ72 ´ —

was the world coming to? ´ J3 ´ 6 ™ 6

‘Very interesting article in the recent ™ J 10 9 2 N ™ Q854 t —

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Children’s Healthcare Weekly,’ observed the t K 10 5 4 S t A932 ® KQ72

Matron. ‘It explained how you could catch ® 943 ® J 10 8 5 ´ — ´ —

flu or a cold merely by handling a bank- ´ A K 10 8 5 2 ™ 92 N ™ —

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note that others had touched. It must be ™ 73 t 10 5 4 S t A

the same with playing cards.’ t QJ7 ® — ® J 10 8 5

The Headmaster raised his eyes to the ® A6 ´ 5

ceiling. ‘Perhaps we could attach a packet ™ —

of hand wipes to each bidding box?’ he t J7

suggested. West North East South ® A6

The Matron peered at him over her Rev. The Head- Stefan

glasses. ‘All very well for you to make fun Benson Matron master Götel

of me, Headmaster,’ she retorted. ‘Suppose 1® Pass 1´ Stefan Götel led his last trump, throwing a

I went down with the flu. Who would look Pass 3´ Pass 4NT heart from dummy. The Headmaster did

after the boys then?’ Pass 5t Pass 6´ not like the look of the situation. Declarer

The Headmaster sorted through his All Pass surely held the ace of clubs and a club

cards, observing that he held a dreary 7- discard would allow him to score four club

count. Bridge could be a tiresome game at The Reverend Benson led the jack of tricks for the contract. The only chance

times. This was the deal before them: hearts and down went the dummy. was that the Reverend Benson held the

‘I trust we’re on the same wavelength, jack of diamonds.

partner,’ said the Matron. ‘In Madge Eyes widened around the table as the

Warner’s flipper on the Losing Trick Headmaster discarded the ace of dia -

Count, she says you should raise to two monds. With a nod of the head Stefan

spades with seven losers, to three spades Götel faced his remaining cards. ‘I make

with six losers and to four spades with five the jack of diamonds and three clubs,’ he

losers.’ said.

‘Very sound, yes,’ Stefan Götel replied. ‘Well, I don’t see how I can get that one

‘Ace, please.’ right,’ declared the Reverend Benson.

The Headmaster played an encouraging ‘Why should I play a diamond back? You

eight of hearts, declarer following with the encouraged in hearts.’

three. ‘Very difficult for you,’ agreed Stefan

‘With only four losers, I suppose you’d Götel. ‘I had to play a diamond, of course,

have to bid Blackwood,’ continued the otherwise the count is not rectified.’

Matron. ‘I’ve only read the first four The Matron looked blankly across the

ON behalf of English Bridge and the pages.’ table. What was playing a diamond to do

EBU, the Matron congratulates David ‘Small diamond, please,’ said Stefan with the Losing Trick Count? She reached

Bird on the publication of his 100th Götel. for the travelling score-sheet and liked the

bridge book, 10 More Ways to Improve The Headmaster played low and the look of what she saw there. ‘What a triumph

Your Bridge. (See also page 20.) Reverend Benson captured South’s queen for Madge Warner’s flipper,’ she exclaimed.

with the king. Declarer won the ten of ‘No-one else bid the slam!’ r

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