14 English Bridge June 2019 www.ebu.co.uk
E/W Game. Dealer South.
´ J 10 8 5 2
™ K 6
t K 8 5 4
® 4 2
´ A ´ 3
™ J 9 7 5 2 ™ Q 4 3
t 10 6 t Q J 7 3
® K Q 9 8 3 ® J 10 7 6 5
´ K Q 9 7 6 4
™ A 10 8
t A 9 2
'I've never seen such greasy hair, Hutson,'
declared the Matron, as she took her seat opposite
the two fifth-formers 'You can't have washed it for a
'I washed it yesterday, Matron,' Hutson replied.
'In the shower after a football match.'
'You didn't use any shampoo or soap, in that case,'
said the Matron. 'Do you want everyone to think
you're a garage mechanic?'
'I put on some Brylcreem afterwards, to keep it
neat,' said Hutson. 'My father uses it. He's not a
'Don't be impertinent,' reprimanded the Matron.
'I've spoken to you about this before. You will wash
your hair tonight and report to me for inspection
Hutson risked a small shrug of the shoulders and
removed his cards for the first board of the round:
path the auction had taken. 'Yes, if we need it,' he
The Matron gave a puzzled shake of the head. If
they didn't need Blackwood when bidding a slam,
when on earth would they need it? These boys
always thought they knew better than their elders.
The Matron led the king of clubs and down went
the dummy. 'You bid 4´ on that?' gasped Hutson.
'A jump to 4´ is pre-emptive, isn't it?' Phillips
replied. 'I didn't think you would bid again.'
Hutson won with the ace and soon spotted that it
might be possible to endplay a defender with a
singleton ace of trumps. He crossed to the heart
king and ruffed dummy's remaining club in his
hand. After the ace of hearts and a heart ruff, he
cashed the king of diamonds and led a second
diamond to his ace.
Hoping for the best, Hutson now led a trump.
The Matron won with the bare ace and had no
diamond to play. When she returned a heart, the
young declarer ruffed in the dummy and ditched his
last diamond. 'They're all there now,' he said, facing
his remaining cards.
'A lucky one for them,' the German master
declared. 'If you happen to lead the ace of trumps,
Matron, he has no chance. You can exit safely.'
'You're joking, I take it?' retorted the Matron. 'My
ace was singleton. I'm not leading a singleton
'It might save you from a later endplay,' persisted
The Matron made no reply. She had never led a
singleton trump in her life and had no intention of
ever doing so, even if it was the ace. Did they not
have books on opening leads in Germany?
A few rounds later, the Matron arrived at the
Headmaster's table. 'Are you doing well?' she
'Not particularly,' the Headmaster replied. 'I
didn't mention it, but I passed my 60th birthday a
The Headmaster's Oversight
Bridge Fiction by David Bird
West North East South
The Neil Stefan John
Matron Phillips Götel Hutson
Pass 4´ Pass 6´
'You're not playing Blackwood?' queried the
Neil Phillips was not looking too pleased at the