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Bridge

♠
♥
♦
♣

By Phillip Alder

play your winner at the crucial moment

Dealer: West
Vulnerable: North-South
North
♠Q82
♥J952
♦K83
♣AK2
West
♠KJ9765
♥4
♦ Q J 10
♣J74

10-09-21

East
♠ 10 4
♥ Q 10 8 7 6
♦A2
♣ 10 8 6 3

South
♠A3
♥AK3
♦97654
♣Q95
South
3 NT

West
2♠
Pass

North
Dbl.
Pass

East
Pass
Pass

Opening lead: ♠ 7
An autumnal chill was in the
air. Some were predicting a frost
overnight. But the Senior Life Master
was happy, sitting beside the fire in
the bridge club lounge. He handed
a piece of paper inscribed with
today’s diagram to his companion.
Sitting West was Adinah Cohen
(began the SLM). Her first name is
a Hebrew word meaning “gentle”
or “delicate.” However, Adinah was
tough at the bridge table, demandCOPYRIGHT: 2021, UNITED FEATURE SYNDICATE

ing perfection from her partner and
herself. Adinah was playing with
Gershom Cuban. His name means
“stranger there,” and he was a
newcomer to town. They seemed
a good match, but was Gershom’s
bridge good enough?
Adinah opened with a weak
two, North made a debatable takeout double, and South bid what he
hoped he could make.
Adinah led the spade seven:
queen, 10, three. Declarer played a
heart to his hand and led a diamond
toward the dummy. When West
followed with the queen, declarer
paused for some time, deciding if
Adinah could have started with the
doubleton ace-queen. Eventually
South played low from the board.
Adinah persevered with the spade
king, declarer winning with his ace.
Now came a second diamond,
Adinah playing the jack. Declarer,
sticking to his plan, played low from
the board. When East had to win
with his ace, South claimed two
spades, two hearts, three diamonds
and three clubs.
“You somnambulist!” cried
Adinah, who had an imaginative
vocabulary. “My diamond queen had
to be the top of touching honors for
us to have a chance. You should
have overtaken my queen with
your ace and returned your second
spade. I would have regained the
lead in diamonds, and we would
have defeated the contract.”
Sat., 10/9

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