June 2019 English Bridge
E/W Game. Dealer South.
´ K 8 6 5
™ K Q J 3
t 8 7 6 2
´ Q 10 3 ´ A J 7 2
™ 10 9 8 5 ™ 6 2
t A 10 3 t J 9
® 9 7 4 ® 10 8 6 3 2
´ 9 4
™ A 7 4
t K Q 5 4
® K Q J 5
few weeks ago. Old age comes to us all.'
'My mother is 84 and she's the best player in her
club,' said the Matron. 'Mind you, not many people
play bridge in her nursing home.'
This was the board before them:
West North East South
The Reverend Stefan The
Matron Benson Götel Headmaster
Pass 2® Pass 2t
Pass 3NT All Pass
The Matron led the ™10 and was unimpressed
with her luck when the Reverend Benson laid out
his holding in the suit. The Headmaster won with
dummy's king and unblocked the ace of clubs.
'Small diamond, please,' he said.
The Matron won declarer's king of diamonds
with the ace and considered her next move.
Prospects in hearts were hopeless and the
Headmaster had played on both minors himself. It
seemed that she would have to try her luck in
The Headmaster covered the queen of spades
switch with dummy's king. Götel won with the ace
and returned the ´2 to the Matron's ´10. A third
round of spades gave him two tricks with his ´J7
and the game was one down.
'Nothing I could do,' muttered the Headmaster. 'A
very unlucky lie of the cards.'
The Reverend Benson reached for the South
curtain card, evading the Headmaster's attempt to
prevent him from doing so. 'Interesting spade
position,' he said. 'I think you make it if you don't
cover on the first round. The Matron continues
with the ´10 and now you cover, Stefan winning
with the ace. Dummy's ´8 stops the suit with East
The Matron consoled the Headmaster with a pat
on his forearm. 'I don't expect my mother would
have made it either,' she said. r
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country, and scored across all 246 participating
pairs. Dinah Caplan is one of the older
tournament winners at 86! Michael & Dinah
played at Richmond, as did second-placed Todor
Tiholov & Marion Robertson. Robert Elliott &
Tanya Genthe, who played at Billericay, were third.