Bookworm Bridge Conundrums #8

This conundrum was written by John Carruthers and was originally published in the book, Bridge with Another Perfect Partner - you can find out all about it further down the page.

My new bridge partner, Selby, makes me a little nervous, as did his great-uncle Wilson before him. He’s a little brasher than was Wilson and not quite as kind in explaining to me how I could have made my contract or defeated theirs and how, when we reach an unmakeable spot, my bidding steered us adrift. We meet for dinner weekly before the team game at the club.
“Allow me to give you a problem,” Selby began at our last encounter.
“I don’t need any more problems than I already have,” I joked.
“True,” Selby agreed, not joking, “but this is a bridge problem. I’ll diagram it for you. You are South. Your opponents are expert-class players.

Dealer South, Neither vulnerable

“You have quite a learned, if rather aggressive, auction,” Selby expounded.
“To wit…

“Unfortunately, your bidding erudition lands you in a very poor slam,”Selby continued, “West leads the six of hearts, low from an odd number and third-best from an even number. What are your thoughts?”

About the book

Bridge with a Perfect Partner, by P. F. Saunders, was published in 1976. Many read and delighted in Saunders’ articles in Bridge Magazine (UK), and Saunders’ character Wilson, according to the flyleaf of the book, is “…an austere character, whose scholarly discourses are enlivened by frequent flashes of mordant wit.” The anonymous narrator comments, “He is very kind in explaining, when I go down in a contract, just how I could have made it and, when he goes down, just how my bidding misled him.” We’ve all played with partners like that, though few of them have had Wilson’s devastating, articulate wit.
In this sequel, John Carruthers, one of the world’s top bridge journalists,takes the reader through a brilliant series of deals, collected from tournaments all over the world. The style is highly reminiscent of Saunders’ original and will give its readers just as much pleasure.

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