Bridge at Cholmeley School
Report David Bird
IT was the last duplicate of the term and The Reverend Benson led the ace of dia- thing like a singleton ten of spades, he
Stefan Götel, the young German master, monds against Stefan Götel’s 4™. would be end-played, forced to lead a club.
was in a happy frame of mind as he took ‘I thought we were going to be doubled!’ If West won the trick, though, he would be
his seat. All in all, his teaching responsi- exclaimed the Matron, laying out her able to exit safely with the ten of
bilities had gone well. Sometimes the boys dummy. ‘I’ve nothing much for you.’ diamonds. Wait, there was another pos-
made too much noise in class, yes, but was The Headmaster raised his eyes to the sibility. The Headmaster had carelessly
that not normal? Anyway, perhaps the ceiling as the Matron’s club holding retained the eight as his last trump!
Headmaster had not been told of the un- appeared. Nothing for you, she says, Stefan Götel played the ace of spades
fortunate incident last Tuesday. With any putting down a valuable ace. and then led the seven of trumps. The
luck he would send a glowing end-of-term ‘Only one trump, as you see,’ continued Headmaster won with the eight and had to
report to Herr Doktor Bendig. Ah, talk of the Matron. lead into dummy’s club tenace. Away went
the Devil, as they say in England. He The Reverend Benson claimed the first declarer’s two spade losers and the con-
would be playing against the Headmaster two tricks in diamonds and continued with tract was made.
on the very first round. the diamond queen. Stefan Götel ruffed ‘That was lucky, losing only one trump
‘Goodness me,’ exclaimed the Head- this with the nine, retaining the seven of trick when I had a singleton,’ exclaimed
master, peering angrily around the card trumps. West showed out on the second the Matron. ‘I thought of rescuing you in
room. ‘What an ear-splitting racket!’ round of trumps and Götel drew a third clubs.’
Götel smiled. ‘Boys will be boys,’ he round, leaving these cards still in play: The Reverend Benson leant forward, not
declared. ‘It is normal behaviour, I think.’ noticing a warning glint in the Head-
The Headmaster rose to his feet. ‘Quiet!’ master’s eye. ‘What happens if you dispose
he bellowed. ´ 854 of the eight of trumps and keep a lower
In an instant there was silence, everyone ™ — trump, Headmaster? Is that any good?’
recognizing his voice. t 9 Silence reigned around the table, no-
‘That’s better,’ said the Headmaster, re- ® AQ6 one liking to voice an opinion on this
suming his seat. ‘You to speak first on this ´ Q 10 9 6 ´ 7 suggestion.
one, Charlie.’ ™ — N ™ 8 ‘He can’t throw you in, then,’ Benson
t 10 S t — persisted.
® 10 9 ® KJ874 Götel looked apprehensively at the
N/S Game. Dealer West. ´ AKJ2 Headmaster, whose blood pressure was
´ 854 ™ J 10 7 rising visibly. In just a few days he would
™ 2 t — be writing an important assessment,
t 9873 ® — destined for Bad Godesberg. Desperate
® AQ652 measures were called for.
´ Q 10 9 6 3 ´ 7 ‘Ten tricks were always there,’ Götel
™ 5 N ™ 8643 Stefan Götel paused for thought. Suppose declared, returning his cards to the board.
t A K Q 10 S t J54 he drew the last trump and led the two of ‘To say the truth to you, I thought there
® 10 9 3 ® KJ874 spades. If East won the trick with some- were no more trumps out!’ r
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