John was presented with a Dimmie Fleming Award in 2002 for his
contributions to bridge in Worcestershire. He was a member of the County
Committee from 1970 until 2017, chairman on four occasions and also, at
various times, holding other positions including selector, events secretary and
county TD. In respect of the wider Midlands bridge community, he was made
a Life Member of the Midlands Counties Congress in 2011, having been
chairman of the congress on a number of occasions, and having served on the
congress committee for over forty years.
John was widely respected as a true gentleman and excellent bridge player, winning most of the county
competitions a number of times, including the County Championship Teams five times, first in 1967 and
most recently in 2013, and the County Championship Pairs four times.
Outside of bridge, in 1995 John retired from his post at King's School in Worcester, where he was Senior
Master, having progressed from teaching maths, and a feared cruciverbalist. John loved cricket - the
County Cricket Ground at New Road in Worcester being a favourite haunt.
October 2019 English Bridge
using the trumps suit for entry cards, or to play the
hand as a cross-ruff.
3. A spade. As the trump suit is the only entry in
dummy to set up hearts, South must attempt to
shorten it, in the hope and expectation that his
partner holds not less than three clubs.
4. Three clubs headed by at least the seven. If West
is to succeed in his cross-ruff, he has to enter his
hand three times by ruffing hearts and he must
avoid an over-ruff by North. He cannot utilise
diamonds for this purpose as South will then regain
the lead and will destroy the cross-ruff position by
leading his small trump.
When Marx was writing, it was standard to lead
highest in partner's suit except when holding four
cards or more: given the bidding, the most likely
distribution of the spade suit is that declarer has
Axxx and partner 10xx. I agree with what Marx says
and would only add that declarer is marked with
two hearts since North would not have followed
with the 7 from an original holding of 876.
I came across Marx from time to time at the
London Duplicate Bridge Club some thirty years
ago: it's a pity that I never had the opportunity to
discuss problem 4 with him since I suspect that
his views on it might have changed!
Its Official. It is not a sport.
Its totally inclusive.
It matters not if fat or thin,
Old or young, fit or disabled,
There is no exclusion from the table.
Its amazing 52 pieces of card
Keep millions worldwide in thrall,
From tiny kitchens to massive halls,
Playing for honour, points or money,
Some can even make it pay.
A partnership game, or sometimes teams,
Its polite warfare, with no quarter given.
Misdirection, subterfuge, cunning and planning,
Make every hand a veritable challenge,
That keeps us coming back for more.
Thank you for sending us this poem. Readers
should know that it was accompanied by a very
self-deprecating and amusing letter where she told
her Creative Writing teacher 'I hate poetry'! The
poem was the result of a homework task. Everyone
else came in with poems about nature, beauty or
treasured memories, but she came in with one
about bridge - leaving the class 'baffled'! Ed