The Adventures of Poor Frank, Part XIX: Lucky Archie Falls Asleep

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The Adventures of Poor Frank, Part XIX: Lucky Archie Falls Asleep

By Ray Adams
frankandarchie@yahoo.com 

Poor Frank and Lucky Archie were at it again just the other night at the local duplicate club. It all came down to the following hand;

 

Dealer: East                                        North                                       East     South     West   North
Vulnerable: EW                                  ♠ 653                                        Pass     1♣          1♥       3♣
                                                              ♥A8                                          Pass     4NT      Pass     5
                                                              K72                                       Pass     6♣          All pass.
                                                             ♣ KJ942
                                                West                East (Lucky Archie)
                                                ♠ KJ9              ♠ 1074
                                                KQJ73        9652
                                                9643            J1085
                                                ♣ 3                  ♣ 105
                                                            South (Poor Frank)
                                                            ♠ AQ82
                                                            ♥ 104
                                                            AQ
                                                            ♣ AQ876

 

Poor Frank was playing with an inexperienced partner that evening and 4NT was standard Blackwood, with 5showing one ace.

West led the K, taken by dummy’s ace. Declarer came to the ♣A and cashed the AQ. He drew the last trump with dummy’s king, then cashed the K, tossing his losing heart. He ruffed dummy’s last heart and returned to dummy with a trump.

Poor Frank had played the hand extremely well up to this point. He had eliminated all the side suits and only had spades left to deal with. Poor Frank counted on his right hand opponent, Lucky Archie, to thoughtlessly play a low spade when he led one from dummy. Poor Frank would cover with the eight, and West would win, but would be endplayed and Poor Frank would be writing +920 on the scoresheet.

Indeed, Lucky Archie was unwittingly co-operating with his rival by paying no more than a modicum of attention to the proceedings. So it happened that when Poor Frank called for a small spade, the sleepy Lucky Archie simply played the nearest spade to his finger. It was the ten of spades!

Poor Frank was appalled. The sleepwalking Lucky Archie had somehow made the same play an Italian Grand Master would have. Declarer tried the queen, but West won the king and exited safely with the ♠J. The ♠9 later set the contract, allowing Lucky Archie and his partner to win that evening’s laurels.

When all the bridge players were filing out, complimenting the drowsy Lucky Archie on his brilliant defense, Poor Frank wondered if it might have been better to get his rival a cup of strong coffee before the key play.

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