Friday, October 16, 2009

Here's a new one

There was a bridge tournament in Raleigh NC last weekend, and a friend (Steve) reported this to me. He was playing 3NT on the deal shown below:

A 2
10 9 7
K 10 8 7 5 4 2
K Q 9 7
K 10 5
A Q 5
Q 9 3

A low diamond was led to the jack and queen. Steve advanced the Q, taken on his right. East returned a low diamond, ducked to West's K.

West now shifted to a heart. Steve won the A in dummy, led to his A, then ran clubs. At trick 12, declarer led the 5 from dummy, and everyone discarded a heart!

East had 10 8 6 2 and saw no reason to keep them. Steve had discarded his four spades, so West decided to discard A J 4 3 after seeing Steve discard all his. Too bad for East-West that Steve was paying attention.


  1. Re: your comment on Ocala DP...I think you're thinking of the old joke about the cannibal chieftain in Africa who beat up on neighboring tribes. Every time he won a battle he took the other chief's throne and stored it in the attic of his grass house.

    Eventually, he had beaucoup thrones stored up his attic.

    One late night while watching Letterman, he heard a great roar and all those thrones came crashing down and killed him.

    Which just goes to show that people who live in grass houses shouldn't stow thrones!