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E/W Game. Dealer South.

´ K 8 6 5

™ K Q J 3

t 8 7 6 2

® A

´ 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

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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

1NT

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

spades.

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

on lead.'

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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Michael Byrne

& Dinah

Caplan have

won the

Portland Pairs.

The Mixed

Pairs was

played at

twelve venues

around the

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.

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