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February 2020 English Bridge

N/S Game. Dealer West.

´ J 6 5

™ A 10 8 2

t 9 7 4

® 9 5 3

´ 7 ´ 9 8 4 2

™ K Q 9 7 6 4 ™ -

t J 3 2 t K Q 10 8 6

® J 10 4 ® Q 7 6 2

´ A K Q 10 3

™ J 5 3

t A 5

® A K 8

N

W E

S

West North East South

John Percy Neil Bertie

Hutson Cutforth Phillips Bellis

2™ Pass Pass 4´

All Pass

Bertie Bellis smiled at his partner 'We're in

trouble here, Percy,' he said. 'These are the boys who

doubled you in Five Diamonds last week.'

John Hutson laughed. 'Not too difficult with the

trumps I held,' he observed.

This was the deal before them:

John Hutson led the king of hearts and down

went the dummy. Bertie Bellis surveyed the dummy

as if it were part of an A-level maths problem. What

would happen if he played dummy's ™A at trick

one? If West held six hearts for his weak two, the ace

would be ruffed. He could win the diamond return,

draw trumps and play the ™J, but West would then

cut him off from the dummy by holding up the ™Q.

That would be one down, with a trick to be lost in

each suit. 'Play the two, please,' said Bertie Bellis.

East discarded a diamond, declarer following

with the ™3. When West continued with the ™7,

Bellis played low from dummy. East ruffed and

declarer unblocked the ™J from his hand.

The contract was now secure. Bertie Bellis won

the tK return, drew trumps in three rounds and

finessed the ™10. He discarded his diamond loser

on the ™A and eventually conceded a trick in clubs,

claiming +620.

'Well done, Bertie,' said Cutforth. He surveyed the

score sheet. 'Several pairs went down in the spade

game.'

'I needed your ™8,' Bellis observed. 'With only

™A1072 in the dummy, Hutson could beat me by

continuing with the ™Q at trick two.'

Cutforth raised an eyebrow. 'Is that right?' he said.

'I would cover with the ace, ruffed by East,' Bellis

continued, 'but there would then be no point in

unblocking the ™J from hand. West would have ™98

against dummy's ™107. I'm sure a promising player

like young Hutson would have found that defence.'

'I might have done, Sir,' Hutson replied. 'In my

dreams, anyway.' r

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Ian Payn became Chairman at the EBU AGM

held on 27 November, and will serve a threeyear

term. Gillian Fawcett became EBU ViceChairman.

The current elected Board of

Directors is as follows: Ian Payn (Chairman),

Jerry Cope (Treasurer), Rob Lawy, Bev Purvis,

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