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and he could then have ruffed a club in dummy to

make the contract.

The Matron gave a small sigh. 'On the

information they gave me, I played it very well,' she

said. 'Virtue will have to be its own reward, partner.'

A few rounds later, the Matron faced the staff's

best pair, Bertie Bellis and Percy Cutforth. She

found herself in a slam contract on the first board:

N/S Game. Dealer: South.

´ K 9 7 6 4 2

™ 8 5

t 8

® K Q 6 5

´ 10 5 ´ Q J 8 3

™ Q ™ A 6 3

t J 9 7 5 2 t 10 6 3

® J 10 9 4 3 ® 8 7 2

´ A

™ K J 10 9 7 4 2

t A K Q 4

® A

West North East South

Bertie Stefan Percy The

Bellis Götel Cutforth Matron

Pass 2t Pass 4™

Pass 6™ All Pass

Bertie Bellis led the ®J and down went the dummy.

'I've asked you not to do that!' exclaimed the

Matron.

'Sorry?' Götel replied. 'What do you mean?'

'Bidding a slam without using Blackwood,' con tinued

the Matron. 'You won't see me doing that.'

The young German master had to concede on this

point. He could barely remember the Matron ever

bidding a slam.

The Matron won the first trick with the ®A. Since

it was a slam contract, she then paused to make a

plan. The losing diamond could be ruffed in the

dummy, so with any luck there should be no losers

in the side suits. If that was the case, all would

depend on losing just one trick in trumps.

The Matron cashed the tA and ruffed the t4 in

dummy. It was tempting to play the club winners

next, but what could she throw from her hand? All

her remaining side-suit cards were winners, so find ing

a worthwhile discard would be very awkward.

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'Lead the trump, will you?' she said.

Percy Cutforth followed with a low spot-card and

the Matron lost no time in rising with the king.

When the queen fell on her left, she continued with

the jack of trumps to East's ace. She won the spade

return, drew the last trump and claimed the contract.

'You played it well, Matron,' observed Bertie Bellis.

Many of the boys would have finessed the jack on

the first round of trumps. This would win against a

doubleton queen with East but rising with the king

was better. It would pick up not only a doubleton

ace with East but also a singleton queen with West.

The Matron nodded. 'I was reading an article

about it only last week in Childcare Weekly,' she

replied. 'With eight cards between the hands, Madge

Warner recommended finessing against the queen;

with nine cards you should play for the drop. This

deal rather proves that she was right.'

Bertie Bellis suppressed a smile. 'I wonder what

the great Madge would have led from my hand

against the slam,' he said. 'If I lead the queen of

trumps, Percy can win with the ace and return a

trump. It makes no difference that you can win with

dummy's eight of trumps. The black suits are

blocked and you would have no way to avoid a

diamond loser!' r

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