October 2019 English Bridge
'd like to share with you a post on the Bridge
Club Live discussion forum from Surrey's Tony
Philpott, which speaks for itself!
Bridge in Hospital!
Bridge Club Live by Barrie Partridge
N/S Game. Dealer North.
´ 10 8 5 4 3
™ Q 10
t 10 9 3
® J 8 4
´ Q 7 ´ J 2
™ A J 9 4 3 ™ 8 7
t Q t K J 7 6 5 2
® Q 10 9 7 3 ® 6 5 2
´ A K 9 6
™ K 6 5 2
t A 8 4
® A K
had also arrived in 4´ after opening 2NT and
simply bidding 4´ over partner's 3™ transfer bid.
He took the trump lead and played a heart to the
™Q and ran the ™10 to West's ™J. Trumps were
cleared, declarer ruffed the ™6 (sadly without the
™A falling) and cashed the ®AK before ruffing his
last heart and dummy's last club.
With three diamonds and one trump left in each
of his and dummy's hands, declarer simply
underled the tA. West took this and was endplayed
to give declarer a ruff and discard. If East had
overtaken, he would have been similarly endplayed.
This led me to wonder if it is better to play ace
and then another diamond from this position. This
works when either opponent has a doubleton with
two honours, so it seems a close thing. But well
done to this declarer on at least giving himself a
chance for an overtrick! r
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Recently I was rushed to hospital with e-coli
sepsis in the blood stream, a condition which I am
told can prove a tad serious but from which
fortunately I am now recovering. I am not looking
for sympathy but just wish to recount how useful
BCL and my laptop proved to be during my short
stay being fed antibiotics intravenously.
On my first day I kibitzed occasionally to pass
the time between various tests that seemed to
come in one continual stream. On the second
evening I plucked up courage and asked one of
my super group of casual/regular partners to play.
I asked her to explain to our opponents that I was
playing from hospital should I suddenly cease
bidding/playing for a minute because another
sample was needed to be taken or another needle
stuck in me.
The very first hand I was declarer in 3NT when
a delightful Filipino nurse wanted to inject
heparin into my stomach and a smiling Latvian
girl wanted to change my drip. I played on
throughout, much to their amusement, for a good
result and we continued to play 30 boards. We
finished the evening second on the Leader Board.
BCL was the best medicine that I could have
received. Thanks also to my lovely partner and to
the wonderful care of our much-maligned NHS.
Tony is far from being the first BCL member that
I know to have played from a hospital bed!
Meanwhile, in a recent Swiss Pairs match I scored
50% for making 4´ from the South seat, after a club
lead, losing a heart and two diamonds.
I can do better by finessing the ™10 after taking
out trumps, but that's dangerous because, if it fails,
I lose two hearts as well as two diamonds. I knew I
had missed something. I looked to see how others
had played the hand. One of our American players