September 2020 - 60

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Bridge with the Abbot
BY DAVID BIRD

Brother Xavier's lapse
"Tonight might be a good opportunity for us to exert ourselves," declared
the Abbot, taking his seat for the
weekly pairs session.
"Oh?" replied Brother Xavier. "Why's
that?"
The Abbot lowered his voice.
"Haven't you heard?" he continued.
"Some distant cousin of Brother
Lucius is spending a night in Hursley,
at the King's Head. He's invited Lucius
for a meal there this evening."
The novices, Brother Daniel and
Brother Mark, pulled back their chairs
to complete the table.
"Oh, I see," said Brother Xavier. "You
mean that we'll have more chance of
winning with Lucius and Paulo not in
the field."
The Abbot winced. Had Brother
Xavier not observed that they were no
longer alone? Was the concept of tact
entirely foreign to him? "No, no, of
course not," he replied. "It's just that
I regard playing against them as the
highlight of the session. Try as they
may, many of our brethren provide no
serious opposition at all."
"Start to play, please," called Brother
Zac, from the far side of the room.
The players drew their cards for this
board:

60 Bridge Bulletin September 2020

Dlr: North ♠ J 6
Vul: N-S ♥ A K 8 6 3
♦ K 10 6 4
♣82
♠K52
♠4
♥QJ94
♥ 10 5 2
♦-
♦AJ987532
♣ A K Q 10 9 6
♣3
♠ A Q 10 9 8 7 3
♥7
♦Q
♣J754
West
The
Abbot
Dbl

North
Bro.
Mark
1♥
All Pass

East
Bro.
Xavier
4♦

South
Bro.
Daniel
4♠

The Abbot launched the defense
with the ♣K and ♣A, Brother Xavier
discarding the ♦9 on the second
round. Brother Daniel won the ♥Q
switch in dummy and played a second
high heart to dispose of his diamond
loser. The Abbot leaned forward, as if
in pain. Brother Xavier was truly hopeless at times. Was it beyond him to ruff
the second club and cash the ♦A? The
trump king would then have been the
setting trick.
Brother Daniel, who was tall for his
age, reached his hand with a heart ruff
and ruffed a club with the ♠6. After

returning to hand with another heart
ruff, he ruffed his last club with the
♠J. A trick had to be lost to the king of
trumps, but the doubled game was his.
"Oh dear, oh dear," exclaimed the
Abbot, thrusting his cards back into the
board. "Ruff the second club, partner,
and cash the ace of diamonds. That
must be right, surely?"
"I couldn't tell who had the missing diamond," Brother Xavier replied.
"I'd look a bit silly if declarer ruffs the
diamond ace."
Always an excuse, thought the Abbot.
Had Xavier not looked a bit silly when
his failure to ruff allowed declarer to
discard his diamond loser?
"Anyway, can't you switch to a trump
at trick 3?" continued Brother Xavier.
"You knew he had four clubs."
The Abbot pretended not to hear,
spending longer than usual inscribing
the result in his score card. A trump
switch? Would that have beaten it? In
any case, why did Xavier always have
to rely on his partner to defeat the
contract? Was bridge not intended as a
partnership game?
"Ruff the second club and play the
ace and another diamond," persisted
the Abbot. "That's the defense we
needed. It would beat the contract even
if I held only queen doubleton in the
trump suit."
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September 2020

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of September 2020

In First Seat - Paul Linxwiler
Inbox -Letters to the Editor
A Message from the President
The Recruiter King
The Rise and Fall of the Precision Team
Eyes on the Street
BBO Helpdesk
NABC Robot Individual
Play the Cards You're Dealt
Endless Summer Results
Defensive Maneuvers – part 4
Ruling the Game
The Bidding Box
It's Your Call
Card Play 101 - by Phillip Alder
Parrish the Thought - Adam Parrish
Reasoning with Robert - Robert Todd
Startup Bridge by Lynn Berg
Lessons Learned by Michael Berkowitz
Bidding Basics by Larry Cohen
Ask Jerry - by Jerry Helms
Mike's Bridge Lesson - Mike Lawrence
Chalk Talk- Eddie Kantar
Boehm on Bridge
Better Bridge with Bergen-Marty Bergen
Challenge of the Month
The Real Deal - by Larry Cohen
West Hands -Bidding Box
Bidding Matters - by Karen Walker
East Hands -Bidding Box
Test Your Play
Mike's Advice - by Mike Lawrence
Solutions to Test Your Play
My Bridge and Yours - by Frank Stewart
Dear Billy - by Billy Miller
Bridge with the Abbot - by David Bird
George's World - by George Jacobs
Life Master Milestones
New Life Masters
Puzzle Page
In Memoriam
Obituary - Sue Erwin (1943-2020)
Obituary - Clint Wright (1944-2020)
Obituary - Norma Sands (1938-2020)
Obituary - Carol Aitken (190-2020)
Obituary - Carol Linch (1935-2020)
Obituary - Barbara Hamman (1937-2020)
Obituary - Maria Teresa Lavazza (1937-2020)
Obituary - janet P. Breed (1935-2020)
Tournament Directory
September 2020 - 1
September 2020 - 2
September 2020 - 3
September 2020 - 4
September 2020 - 5
September 2020 - In First Seat - Paul Linxwiler
September 2020 - Inbox -Letters to the Editor
September 2020 - 8
September 2020 - A Message from the President
September 2020 - The Recruiter King
September 2020 - 11
September 2020 - The Rise and Fall of the Precision Team
September 2020 - 13
September 2020 - 14
September 2020 - 15
September 2020 - 16
September 2020 - 17
September 2020 - Eyes on the Street
September 2020 - 19
September 2020 - BBO Helpdesk
September 2020 - 21
September 2020 - NABC Robot Individual
September 2020 - Play the Cards You're Dealt
September 2020 - Endless Summer Results
September 2020 - 25
September 2020 - 26
September 2020 - 27
September 2020 - 28
September 2020 - Defensive Maneuvers – part 4
September 2020 - Ruling the Game
September 2020 - 31
September 2020 - The Bidding Box
September 2020 - 33
September 2020 - 34
September 2020 - 35
September 2020 - It's Your Call
September 2020 - 37
September 2020 - 38
September 2020 - 39
September 2020 - Card Play 101 - by Phillip Alder
September 2020 - Parrish the Thought - Adam Parrish
September 2020 - Reasoning with Robert - Robert Todd
September 2020 - Startup Bridge by Lynn Berg
September 2020 - Lessons Learned by Michael Berkowitz
September 2020 - Bidding Basics by Larry Cohen
September 2020 - 46
September 2020 - Ask Jerry - by Jerry Helms
September 2020 - Mike's Bridge Lesson - Mike Lawrence
September 2020 - Chalk Talk- Eddie Kantar
September 2020 - Boehm on Bridge
September 2020 - Better Bridge with Bergen-Marty Bergen
September 2020 - Challenge of the Month
September 2020 - West Hands -Bidding Box
September 2020 - Bidding Matters - by Karen Walker
September 2020 - Test Your Play
September 2020 - Mike's Advice - by Mike Lawrence
September 2020 - Solutions to Test Your Play
September 2020 - My Bridge and Yours - by Frank Stewart
September 2020 - Dear Billy - by Billy Miller
September 2020 - Bridge with the Abbot - by David Bird
September 2020 - George's World - by George Jacobs
September 2020 - Life Master Milestones
September 2020 - 63
September 2020 - New Life Masters
September 2020 - Puzzle Page
September 2020 - Obituary - Clint Wright (1944-2020)
September 2020 - Obituary - Barbara Hamman (1937-2020)
September 2020 - 68
September 2020 - Obituary - janet P. Breed (1935-2020)
September 2020 - 70
September 2020 - Tournament Directory
September 2020 - 72
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