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ge 6-Friday, September 16, 1977-The Michigan Daily
Apair of

had just arrived at the Paddington
b for an evening of bridge, when I
iced Jeff and Frank standing near
bar. I couldn't hear their conversa-
n clearly, but it sounded like a bridge*
ument, so naturally I was interest-
As I approached the pair I heard
f bellow:
'Would you care to bet?"
Yes," Frank responded loudly. "I'll
happy to take' your money if you're
anxious to give it away."
could see a fight was brewing, so I
ided to calm them down;
Whoa," I said, "now just what is this
about?"
'It all started," Frank began, "when
aggested that Jeff's favorite partner,
ye, had uncanny luck at guessing the
ition of missing queens."
Yes," Jeff said, butting in, "and I
iply pointed out that it had nothing to
with luck. It's just that Steve is so
ch more adept at drawing infer-
es fromcard playthat he finds the
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missing queen more otten than
of us. In fact, I told him I had s
fidence in Steve's deductivej
that I'd be willing to bet he c
the missing queen even if bo
nents held it."
"That's right," Frank said
his head. "He actually wants 1
his partner can find the same
queen in both defenders' han(
you ever heard of anything
crous?"
I had to admit it sounded quit
sible, but still the possibility i
me, and I quickly formulated a
"There's an easy way to te
claim," I said. "We can simp
deck." Their ears perked up,a
Jeff and Frank turned towa
anxiously awaiting the detail
chicanery.
"Jeff," I asked, "you are
with Steve tonight, aren't you?'
"Yes," he replied.
Thenit will be simple," I co
We'll just rig a deck by excha
deuce for a queen, resulting
queens of the same suit. Then
fix it so Ken will be, declarer,
only way for him to make the h
be for him to find the queen."
Frank and Jeff were deligh
my plan, and it was quickly agi
Jeff would rig the deck no
arrange to deal the first ha
wager was set at $100, and we
for the card room.
Just as Jeff had finished pr
the cards, Steve, Jim and Bruc
in.

queens in double jeopardy
the rest "Ready for some bridge?" Ken ask- see the wheels turning in Steve's head. ing down his ace, king and queen, while of spades, the situation was clear t
uch con- ed, rubbing his hands together as he sat Clearly a slam was in the offing, but pitching a spade and a. diamond from Bruce had originally led the thre
prowess down at the table." I've been in the of- was it a small or a grand? It was equal- dummy. Next he led Jeff's last spade to clubs, but on the second spade, h
ould find fice since 8:00 this morning, and I've ly obvious that they had a ten card his jack, leaving this position: ched the club six. If he had ha
th oppo- thought of nothing but bridge all day." spade fit, but Jeff had bid spades first, deuce, he would have pitched it to
North a five-card suit. Therefore, het
nodding S have led from four to the 10 or poss
to wager H ty the queen. Now, I turned to Jim
missing ecDW had played the eight of clubs first,
ds. Have C K 7 thrown the four, indicating that he
so Judi- West East the queen, and also that he had
S S since if he had only three, the club
t impos-S N Emi -.H H J card would have blanked his queen
ntrigued D Q D
nlan f 0 1 V 0 a But if he was down to queen an

o me.
ee of
e pit-
d the
show
must
sibili-
m. He
then
held
four,
b dis-
n.
d an-

plan.
st Jeff's
ply rig a
and both
ard me,
s of my
playing
rntinued.
anging a
in two
we shall
and the
hand will
ted with
reed that
ow, and
nd. The
e headed
reparing
e walked

u 0 10

Lqy

Jim and Bruce were no less anxious,
so as soon as they were seated, Jeff
dealt this hand:

North (Jeff)
S97643
H6
DAK109
CAK7
West (Bruce) East (Jim)
SS S82
H1095 HJ8432
DQ8632 DJ7
CQ1063 CQ984
South (Steve)
SAKQJ10
HAKQ7
D54
CJ5

Frank and I were seated behind Ken,
and we were twitching with anticipa-
tion when Jeff opened the bidding with
one spade. Jim passed, and we could

so the hand couldn't possibly be played
there. Jeff, was a little shakey in slam
contracts, and Ken prefered to be
playing the hand. Steve finally bid,
"four no trump," he called. Jeff duti-
fully responded five hearts, showing
two aces, and Steve asked for kings
with five no trump. When Jeff showed
both kings, Steve, jumped to seven no
trump, and all passed.
The stage was set, and Frank and I
were hard-pressed to conceal our ex-
citement. Bruce opened the club three,
which Steve won in dummy with the
king, while Jim began an echo with the
eight.
Next, Steve played a spade to his ace,
and cashed the king and queen of
spades watching the discards. On the
second spade, Bruce threw the six of
clubs, while Jim followed. On the spade
queen, Bruce threw a heart, and Jim
the four of clubs. Steve stared at Jim's
'card for a moment, then paused to
think.
What was going through his mind, I
wondered. Could he have discovered
our trick? No, I decided he was still in
the dark, and just probing for a way to
make the contract. Undoubtedly he
wished he'd let Jeff play it in seven
spades, but there was no time to think
of what might have been. He probably
placed Jim with the club queen because
of the eight-four echo, which would
mean Bruce had led from the 10. But
simple squeeze possibilities were out,
since Jim guarded hearts, and Bruce
diamonds. My thoughts were interrup-
ted as Steve broke his trance, and
began playing at top speed. He led a
small diamond to dummy's ace and
king, followed by a small heart, bang-
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Frank was ready to jump out of his
chair and collect his $100 from Jeff, but
as Steve slapped the spade 10 on the
table, I suddenly realized what he was
up to. On the spade,' Bruce parted with
the club 10, since to_ discard the dia-
mond queen would set up dummy's 10
for the thirteenth trick. Steve threw
dummy's now worthless 10 of diamon-
ds, and it was Jim's turn to squirm. He
knew Steve had a heart left, so he could
toss his heart jack, so he pitched the
club nine. A look of supreme satisfac-
tion crossed Steve's face as he gathered
in the trick, and confidently led the club
jack.
"Overtaking with the king," he an-
nounced proudly, "crashing both your
queens. The club sevenwill be my thir-
teenth trick."
And Bruce and Jim, as helpless and
unaware as babes in the woods, un'-
willingly dropped their queens under
the king, just as ken had promised.
"But, but, but-t-t-t," muttered a
ghost-white Frank, "how could you
have known?"
"Actually," Steve began, "I didn't
know, not at first."
Leaning forward in his chair, Steve
briefly explained his play of the hand.
"I considered, if only for a second,
letting the opening lead run to my jack,
but because of squeeze possibilities, I
was reluctant to risk the contract on the
first lead. Upon winning the club king, I
paused to take stock of Jim's play of the
eight. He could scarcely be signalling
length, since against this grand slam, it
was unlikely that it would be important
for his partner to know his length in the
suit. But Jim, as we all know,
habitually signals his honors, even in
situations like this, where it could only
help declarer. Therefore, I tentatively
placed Jim with the club queen, and
Bruce with the 10. With both of them
guarding clubs, my only chance was for
a double squeeze, but I decided to run a
few spade tricks and watch the discards
for a clue.
By the time I had played three rounds

South
S10
H6
D
CJ

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other club, it was equally clear that he
didn't hold the deuce, since he would
have pitched the two instead of the four
to complete the echo. Alternatively, he
could not hold the deuce since his re-
maining cards had to be the queen and
the nine."
"And how, pray tell, did you reach
that conclusion?" Frank asked smugly.
"Sounds like pure guesswork tome."
"Not at all," Steve replied. "Since I
had already placed Bruce with the club
10, he couldn't also hold the nine, else h
would have led the 10 originally. Thero
fore, Jim held both the 10 and queen
clubs, but not the two. But since I hab
already proven that Bruce didn't hold
the deuce, there was only one solution
- the club two was missing. Frog
there, it wasn't hard to define what had
happened. With those two (he said
pointing toward Frank and me) vul-
tures sitting behind me twitching so
nervously, it was obvious that some de4
ception was- afoot. Since I know Frank
often' moans about my "luck" in finding
missing queens, I concluded that the
deck had been rigged. The rest was
child's play."
~"Positively brilliant," exclaimed
Jeff. "I knew I could count on you, par;
tner."
"You knew of this trickery," Steve
asked incredulously.
"Yes, my old friend, I'm afraid' I've
been a co-conspirator, but with good ins
tentions. I wagered $100 on your skills;
and your play has rewarded handsome-
ly my confidence in you.
"I wish I'd had a piece of that waget
myself," Steve mused as he tallied the
score, "dropping queens against sitting
ducks is my cup of teaI"
y ~if}
see.
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happAen
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