Magazine article The Spectator

Trust Me

Magazine article The Spectator

Trust Me

Article excerpt

I'VE often read about bonding weekends where, as part of a trust-building exercise, you have to let yourself fall backwards into the arms of a colleague. Those who want a less physically challenging test should try playing high-stake bridge. In certain situations, putting your trust in your partner can feel every bit as risky as falling backwards.

Kamal Shoaid is an excellent Pakistani player who whenever he's in London comes to TGR's to play rubber bridge. The other day, he picked up a hand with extraordinary distribution: five spades and eight diamonds. To his amazement, his partner opened a spade. What would you bid in his position? This was the hand:

All Kamal needed to know in order to bid a grand slam was how good his partner's spades were. …

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