Magazine article The Spectator

Heated Exchange

Magazine article The Spectator

Heated Exchange

Article excerpt

WHILE bridge clubs obviously frown on professional players who lose their tempers with ordinary 'punters', some experts just can't bear the sight of their partner making a hash of a perfectly straightforward hand.

Some years ago at a London club, one expert did what many others must have dreamt of. It was a sunny day and the windows were open. His partner, an elderly lady, was playing in 3NT; at the second trick she managed to strand herself from dummy by blocking a suit - at which point the expert took the remaining 11 cards from the table and tossed them out of the window, saying 'You won't be needing these any more.'

The story was related by Eddie Kantar, who still remembers the hand:

The elderly lady (North) won East's diamond lead with dummy's [diamonds]A and her first play was a low club to the [clubs]K! …

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