Magazine article The Spectator

Establishment

Magazine article The Spectator

Establishment

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FOR over a decade the two strongest counties in British bridge have consistently been London and Kent. This year's Tollemache - the County Championship - all boiled down to the following hand, a potential Grand Slam. How would you play 7(spade) on the lead by West of (spade)4? It looks tempting to establish dummy's (hearts), and this was the line adopted by London's David Price. He won the (spade) lead with (spade)J in hand and played a (heart) to dummy's king, cashed (heart)A and trumped a third with (spade)K. He led a second round of trumps to dummy and would have claimed his contract if the trumps had split 2-2. When East discarded, he was forced to draw a third round of trumps. He trumped the fourth (heart) with his last trump, cashed (diamond)K and (club)A. He trumped a(spade), cashed the fifth(diamond) but was forced to concede (diamond) at the end. …

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