Opening lead - king of clubs
It took Sylvia a long time to learn point count. This was not because she opposed point count as a matter of principle there
was more to it than that. The truth of the matter was that Sylvia held the curious notion that you measured a hand by the number of tricks you could take, so that counting the number of points you held was in efFect an exercise in futility.
Take this hand with which most members of the club, as South, would either pass or open three spades. But Sylvia appraised her hand differently. She felt she’d make lots of tricks with spades as trumps, so she opened one spade.
West overcalled with two clubs, which was followed by a bloodcurdling double by North. After Sylvia then blithely jumped to four spades with her six high-card points, North can hardly be blamed for raising her to six.
It’s easy to see that Sylvia had to lose a spade and a diamond for down one. But defeat never occurred to her. She rolled merrily along, taking tricks left and right, until she finally had 12 of them.
She trumped the club lead, led a spade to dummy’s six and ruffed another club. A heart to the queen and a club ruff were followed by a heart to the ace and another club ruff Then, after leading a diamond to the king, Sylvia trumped dummy’s last club. Now she led the ace and another diamond, losing to East’s queen. This left her with two cards - the 0-1 of spades - while West had the K -4 and dummy the ace of spades and nine of diamonds. When East returned a heart, Sylvia ruffed with the jack, and West’s seemingly invincible trump trick went up in smoke. Midlands Bridge Club, 12 April 1. J. Kelly and C. Birch; 2. F. Bradford and P. Nijs; 3. H. Smith and H. Bruce. Amberglen Bridge Club, 12 April Blue Boards: 1. Pam Potter and Barbara Green; 2. Peter McClurg and Gordon Flower; 3. Rodney Fann and Marge Dewar. Yellow Boards: 1. Beryl Telfer and Brenda Symons; 2. Pauline and Dave Tomlinson; 3. Cynthia Ruggiero and Rowena Wilkinson.