Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Life, Life, Love

Bridge by Frank Stewart

"You don't really believe that stuff you write about Minnie and her glasses, do you?" Cy the Cynic said to me. "You're perpetuating a myth."

Minnie Bottoms, my club's senior member, wears an old pair of bifocals that seem to make her mix up kings and jacks - usually to her opponents' dismay. Minnie and her glasses have registered so many good results against Cy that he is convinced that Minnie is fooling us all.

"She's not fooling me," Cy says. "She's an expert disguised as a little old lady."

"I'll have to admit I'm starting to wonder," I said.

In the latest episode of the Cy vs. Minnie saga, the Cynic was declarer at six clubs. Minnie was West and led a diamond - the unbid suit - and East took the ace and returned the jack.

Cy took his king and saw that he needed a friendly lie of the trump suit. (Perhaps North should have had stronger club support for his jump-raise.) So Cy led a heart to dummy's king and returned a club to finesse with his queen.

Minnie followed with the jack - and then tabled a third diamond!

"She thought she had won with the king," Cy told me. "We got her straightened out, but then - in case East had started with K-6-4 - I tried to reach dummy with the queen of hearts to lead a second trump to my ten. Minnie ruffed and led a diamond, and when dummy ruffed, East overruffed with the king. Down two."

Cy makes his slam if Minnie doesn't play her jack of trumps. Then Cy will have no choice but to cash his ace next.

 

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