Record was set by only one year

The Hamilton Spectator - - HEALTH -

BY PHILLIP ALDER

Yes­ter­day, I men­tioned that 101-year-old John Hardy of Vero Beach, Florida, is my old­est-ever stu­dent. How­ever, he broke my record by only one year. Van Richard, also of Vero Beach, was 100 two years ago. Af­ter that series of classes ended, Richard said that he would see me next year, and I replied that he had bet­ter!

Un­for­tu­nately, though, that did not hap­pen.

Here is a sec­ond deal where Hardy found the killing de­fense — in my opin­ion, this one is much harder than yes­ter­day’s.

South was in three no-trump. Af­ter West led the spade seven, what hap­pened?

This auc­tion is surely the most com­mon. North should not show that mi­nor suit.

West might have led the heart two, but that would not have worked well here.

South has six top tricks: one spade, one di­a­mond and four clubs. He will take the di­a­mond fi­nesse for at least three more win­ners.

De­clarer should play dummy’s spade jack at trick one, hop­ing West has led from king-queen­empty-fourth or -fifth, but here it makes no dif­fer­ence.

North and South have five spades com­bined. Five from seven is two. So, the Rule of Seven tells South to hold up his spade ace for two rounds. How­ever, to ac­com­plish that would re­quire some un­der­handed pres­tidig­i­ta­tion. When faced with this predica­ment, de­clarer of­ten does best to win trick one and hope things work out well. He takes the di­a­mond fi­nesse and here cruises to an over­trick.

Against Hardy (East), South ducked at trick one, but only af­ter a re­veal­ing brief hes­i­ta­tion. Hardy smartly shifted to the heart queen, which de­feated the con­tract. Great ta­ble pres­ence!

Look for the Satur­day Bridge and Chess and lo­cal Bridge re­sults in the new Satur­day Fun & Games sec­tion

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