The Adventures of Poor Frank, Part VII: Just Like Lucky Archie


The Adventures of Poor Frank, Part VII: Just Like Lucky Archie
by Ray Adams

Poor Frank recently had the experience of knowing what it was like to play just like Lucky Archie. It all happened on the following board:

dealer: South
Vulnerable: None                      North                                       South     West     North     East
                                                      ♠ 1065                                         1♥          2           3♣            3
                                                      ♥ A106                                        3♠          5           5          Pass
                                                      ♦ void                                          6♥                  All pass.
                                                      ♣ AJ1098
                                    West                East (Lucky Archie)
                                    ♠ KJ97             ♠ 4
                                    53                 8742
                                    KQJ8642      10973
                                    ♣ void              ♣ Q432
                                                South (Poor Frank)
                                                      ♠ AQ832
                                                      ♣ K5


It was the last board of the night and Poor Frank was very tired. When he sorted his hand, he saw a cool 19 points, consisting of 5 hearts, 4 spades, 1 diamond, and 3 clubs. This helps explain his unusual bidding, which was consistent with this type of hand rather than the one he really held.

West led the king of diamonds, ruffed in dummy. Poor Frank suddenly grimaced as he noticed that he had missorted his hand and actually held five spades, four hearts, two diamonds, and two clubs. His spirits sank when he saw that that they had missed the 5-3 spade fit and were playing in the inferior 4-3 heart fit.

Declarer drew trumps in four rounds, sluffing two spades from dummy. He led the four of clubs to dummy’s jack. Lucky Archie pounced on this with the queen to put a diamond on the table. But Poor Frank won the ace, cashed the ace of spades, and overtook the king of clubs with dummy’s ace to claim this incredible small slam.

“Archie, you dolt,” West yelled across the table. “If you don’t take your queen right away, he can’t make it.”

“All I know is that you bid up to five diamonds and didn’t even take one trick. I took mine,” Archie replied.

Poor Frank should have smiled at their exchange. He had won that evening’s laurels and bested his rival. But instead, he held his face in his hands as tears formed. He realized he had won only because he had done the same type of unbelievable thing that Lucky Archie always did. And then he had been just as lucky.

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3 Responses to The Adventures of Poor Frank, Part VII: Just Like Lucky Archie

  1. thebighenry says:


    I, for one, am pleased that you allowed the long-suffering “Poor Frank” to turn the tables on the insufferable “Lucky Archie” for once.

    Best, Henry

    Liked by 1 person

    • poorfrank says:

      Hi Henry, Glad you are such a solid supporter of Poor Frank. However, you must take into account that Poor Frank is not the type of player who seeks revenge. Rather, Poor Frank’s goal is to play good bridge and his belief is that, if he does so, then he will be rewarded with good results. Of course, he would like to beat his rival, Lucky Archie, but Frank is interested most of all in the purity of the game. Thus, in his latest adventure, even though he triumphed over Lucky Archie, it was no more than a bittersweet victory. Yes, he won, but he won by playing the same bad bridge that is more characteristic of his rival. Therefore, the victory was not as sweet as it might have been. But keep following Poor Frank and you may yet see that good bridge will eventually triumph over bad, but lucky bridge. Best wishes, Ray Adams


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