Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Hide a Key Card to Gain Matchpoints

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Hide a Key Card to Gain Matchpoints

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There are some deals in which only overtricks are at stake. Then, it is usually interesting solely if the deal is in a duplicate pair game scored by matchpoints.

Suppose every deal is played 11 times. If all of the North-South pairs are in four spades making five, each gets an average: 5 matchpoints.

But if one declarer brings home a 12th trick, he gets a top of 10 points while every other North-South pair scores only 4.5.

Today's deal occurred many years ago during a duplicate at the former Beverly Bridge Club in New York City. Most North-South pairs stopped in four spades, but a couple of ambitious bidders reached six spades. What happened after West led a low heart?

At the end of the session, two players had this conversation, the first to speak believing himself to be an expert. …

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