East was not made to pay for his absurdity. would have to ruff with a lower trump.
East’s plan is that this will demoralize When West could not overruff declarer BRITISH SPRING
declarer and will lead to bad play as he would realise that East had the queen and SIM PAIRS NATIONAL
blames himself and broods over it. Accord- jack of hearts, and would make his con- HEAT WINNERS
ingly, Grosvenor developed this approach tract by finessing trumps twice against
and perfected it to a fine art, although he East. Franks tried to avoid this by switch-
was sometimes frustrated by opponents ing to a club, but of course declarer should
who were not good enough to fall for his have got the trumps right anyway by
tricks. Do I recommend it? According to the asking himself why East had turned down
story, Grosvenor’s lifeless body was even- the obvious third spade for a trump pro-
tually found bludgeoned to death, shortly motion. Luckily for England, the Austrian
after a bridge tournament in which he used declarer was not up to the task!
his gambit against the wrong opponents. Note the hideous bidding. This theme
I remember reading about the deal in will reoccur during my series. If South had
Layout D from a European championship played in 4™ then the deal would never have Mon Apr 8, (Weald of Kent BC):
many years ago: seen the light of day. North’s 1® followed by Peter Quinton – Valerie Reeves
2NT showed a weak no-trump; 4´ was
inexplicable. Perhaps the reason why bridge
Layout D players of yesteryear had so many
Game All. Dealer North. opportunities for headline-catching coups
´ QJ53 was that their bidding got them into so
™ 10 7 5 many dreadful contracts!
t AK9 Anyhow, some time later I found myself
® K62 playing a similar trump suit. The def-
´ 62 ´ AK987 enders cashed their winners but East
™ 6 W E
™ QJ4 didn’t aim for a trump promotion when I
t 10 8 6 5 3 S t QJ72 knew he could have done so. Aha! My Tues Apr 9 (Thirsk BC):
Ruth Barker – John Blackett
® J9543 ® 7 chance to show flair! I crossed to dummy
´ 10 4 and led the ten of hearts, running it when
™ AK9832 East played low. And here was the layout
t 4 (give or take the small cards, which I can-
® A Q 10 8 not fully recall!):
West North East South ™ 10 7 5
1® 1´ 2™ N
Pass 2NT Pass 4® ™J6 W E ™Q4
Pass 4™ Pass 4´ Wed Apr 10 (Ayrshire BU):
Pass 5™ All Pass ™AK9832 Sandra and Yvonne Wiseman
In one room England comfortably made
3NT by South. In the other room Austria I had been well and truly Grosvenored.
somewhat overbid to 5™. West led spades The defenders had not meant to fool me,
and East cashed ´ A-K. Now East (Ben and were very kind as they explained that
Franks) had a problem. If he led a third the best percentage play was to hope for a
spade South could not afford to ruff with 2-2 break! I narrowly resisted the tempta-
the ace of hearts or the king of hearts, and tion to bludgeon East to death. r
Thurs Apr 11 (Reading BC):
‘BRIDGE LICENSED BY THE EBU’ Sam Botfield – Peter Parsons
When you see this in an advertisement in the magazine it means:
• The organisers of the holiday have applied for, and received, a licence.
• They may choose to give master points in accordance with EBU scales.
• These master points will be accepted and added to player records.
• The bridge will be played in line with EBU regulations and bye laws, thus
affording all players the protection of playing within the jurisdiction of the EBU.
All County events advertised have an EBU licence.
NOTE: Any events licensed by another National Bridge Organisation will
not be able to have master points credited to members’ records save for
Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland with whom the EBU have a Fri Apr 12 (Milton Keynes BC):
reciprocal agreement. Rita and Brian Keable
www.ebu.co.uk August 2013 English Bridge 45