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'Oh no, you don't have another diamond!' ex claimed

the Matron when the t5 appeared on the

table. If she discarded yet another heart, the

Headmaster would throw dummy's last club and

score two further trump tricks. She eventually

decided to ruff with the ´9 and the Headmaster

overruffed with dummy's ´10. He then played a

club to the king, which the Matron ruffed with the

´Q. The Headmaster scored his last two trumps

separately and the slam was his.

'That's made my headache even worse,' exclaimed

the Matron. 'How did you know Charlie had two

aces, Headmaster? You didn't use Blackwood.'

The Headmaster was busy making a note of the

deal. If the editor of the school magazine knew what

was good for him, he would surely find space for it

in the end-of-term issue.

A few rounds later, the Matron faced Bertie Bellis

and the head of the physics department, Percy

Cutforth. This was the first board they played:

Love All. Dealer: South.

´ K 8

™ K Q J 4

t K Q 7 6

® A 9 8

´ J 9 4 2 ´ 10 7 6

™ 10 8 6 5 ™ 3

t 3 t 10 9 5 4 2

® K Q 10 7 ® J 6 5 2

´ A Q 5 3

™ A 9 7 2

t A J 8

® 4 3

West North East South

The Percy Stefan Bertie

Matron Cutforth Götel Bellis

1NT

Pass 2® Pass 2™

Pass 3´ Pass 4t

Pass 4NT Pass 5®

Pass 7™ All Pass

'Would you like me to explain the bidding?' asked

Bertie Bellis. 'Percy's 3´ was a slam-try, agreeing

hearts as trumps.'

'There's no need,' replied the Matron, placing the

t3 on the table.

Bertie Bellis inspected the dummy. There were

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twelve top tricks on display and a spade ruff in

dummy would make thirteen. Excellent! He won the

diamond lead with the jack and played the king and

queen of trumps, East showing out on the second

round. He continued with the king and ace of

spades, ruffing a spade with dummy's ™4. After

playing the ™J, all that remained to be done was to

return to his hand to draw the last trump. When he

attempted to do this, the Matron ruffed the tA. The

grand slam was one down.

The Matron chuckled to herself. 'I still had a

trump left!' she informed Bertie Bellis tri umphantly.

'Unlike you to make a mistake like that.'

'No, you made an excellent opening lead, Matron,'

Bertie Bellis replied. 'I'm pretty sure I can't make it

after you lead a diamond.'

'I've Madge Warner to thank for that,' the Matron

replied. 'It's one of her Golden Rules to lead a

singleton against a slam.'

Percy Cutforth inspected the scoresheet. 'Only

one other pair bid the grand,' he reported. 'They

made it on a club lead.'

'Must have been one of the younger boys,' ob served

the Matron. 'I can't imagine any experienced

player failing to lead a singleton!' r

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