Magazine article The Spectator

Textbook Squeeze

Magazine article The Spectator

Textbook Squeeze

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IT'S all change at TGR's bridge club. After five years as manager, Unal Durmus has decided to move on - which is sad for me as he's both a close friend and my bridge mentor. The good news, however, is that Phil King is taking over. Phil is not just a world-class player, he's also a brilliant writer. He and his father Robert (a playwright), have produced a series of humorous bridge books in the tradition of Victor Mollo which are a delight. Here's a hand from The Hog in the 21st Century (Batsford). Rueful Rabbit (RR) - a hopeless but supernaturally lucky player - is in 6NT:

The officious SB (Secretary Bird) leads [diamonds]. RR - who thinks the slam relies on taking a finesse - wins with [diamonds]A but then has a coughing fit and accidentally tables his cards face-up. 'Are you making a claim?' asks SB menacingly. At this point, SB's partner, DBA (Distinguished Bridge Author) interjects: 'Of course he is . …

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