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1600 Games XXVI: Security Matters

Anny was about to deal the cards when the red iPhone in Bar's pocket began to ring. “Excuse me,” he said, “but I've got to step out to take care of some urgent business.”

When he returned a few minutes later, the other three people at the table looked at him with a mixture of apprehension and curiosity. 'Chelle and Mitty knew better than to ask questions, but Anny couldn't contain herself. “Can you tell us what that was all about? Interrupting a bridge game could mean it was something serious...”

Bar put on his most impassive face. “Sorry Anny,” he said, “but I can't say. Best I can do is tell you it was a matter of national security and rest assured that we here at 1600 are doing our best to keep the nation safe.”

“Safety is very important,” Anny said with all the gravity she could muster. “Very important indeed.”
She then dealt the cards and was pleased to see the powerhouse she had picked up.
AK3 K62 AK53 Q76

And when Mitty responded to her 1 opening with 1NT she jumped straight to the no-trump game “without passing Go.” That was a term Mitty often used, explaining that it had something to do with monopolies or some other stock market thing.

'Chelle
J875
Q984
J762
2
Anny
AK3
K62
AK53
Q65
Bar
Q109
J107
Q108
A1098
Mitty
642
A53
94
KJ743
W
N
E
S
1
P
1NT
P
3NT
P
P
P
D
3NT South
NS: 0 EW: 0

The opening lead was the 4; Mitty, who could see the deuce and trey in his own hands, assumed that was fourth best. If so there was no point in holding up, since the enemy had a maximum of two hearts tricks and he didn't want a shift to some other suit. Deciding that the ace in his hand was worth preserving as an entry after he set up the clubs, obviously his only possible source of a ninth trick (he could be sure of two tricks in each of the four suits).

Establishing the extra club or two was easy enough if the suit broke 3-2. But what about 4-1 divisions? “I can handle that if East has four clubs to the ace, but the contract won't make if that's West's holding. So let me play for that eventuality,” he thought. “Play the queen of clubs next Anny,” he said, this time out loud.

East won the A and played hearts, forcing out the A in Mitty's hand. He was about to place the K on the table when he stopped to think again; Karl had taught him never to shoot from the hip, though that husky former adviser didn't always take his own advice.

So, at trick five Mitty played a small club.

His extra care in ducking paid off! East could win this trick, but Mitty could not be denied access to that precious fifth game-going club. He spread his cards on the table: “Making three,” he said with a huge grin.

Anny was also beaming. “Well done partner,” she said. “Lesser mortals might have tried for the 3-2 break. How did you know not to?”

Mitty chuckled. “It was the only way to make the contract absolutely safe,” he said. “You see, our host Bar over there isn't the only one around here concerned with absolute security.”

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