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The Maltese Falcon (part 6)
starring you as Sam Spade


Dealer : East
Vuln: None

 North
  
  
  
  

BRIDGE MOVIE #49

West



East



 

When I went outside, I noticed the gumshoe. He was a creepy fellow,
but I recognized him as a local hustler at the Waterfront Bridge Cafe
where he gave bridge lessons for $9 an hour. I let him follow me to a
chess and backgammon club just to upset him. Then I took out a
Lucky and let him speak. The Fat Man wants to see you, he said.
You don't say, I said, blowing smoke into his face. I let him take
me to the hotel but when we got close to the Fat Man's suite, I
grabbed his convention cards out of his back pocket and held them
up to the light as we walked into the suite. Give them back to me,
he cried, as the Fat Man laughed. Cairo was there too, and after
introductions we sat down for a cut-around.

Five dollars a point? asked the Fat Man.

Shall we play for higher stakes? Such as information about the
bird?
I asked.

Ah, you're a man after my own heart - come right to the point, don't
you. Let's say whoever loses the rubber tells what he knows first
.
With that, he dealt and opened a weak notrump, 11-14. I had a
purely defensive hand, but three aces and a queen. What should I do?

 

 South Sam
   A 5
   A 9 3 2
   Q 9 8
   A 8 7 3

West

  
North

  
East
1NT
  

South
?
  



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Dealer : East
Vuln: None

 North
  
  
  
  
West



East



 

I doubled - I wasn't going to let him get away with stealing the first
hand, even if my double did get me in trouble. Cairo bid 2. Then
the Gumshoe bid 3
and it was back to me.

 

 South Sam
   A 5
   A 9 3 2
   Q 9 8
   A 8 7 3

West

2
North

3
East
1NT
pass

South
double
?


Dealer : East
Vuln: None

 North Gumshoe
   Q 6
   J 8 4
   A J 10 7 5
   Q 4 2
West



East



 

I bid 3NT, despite all the dangers. Cairo led a spade and dummy
was a disappointment. I had to decide how to play it. Even if the
queen of spades held, what then? Give West the king of spades,
go ahead. Then East has at least 11 of the remaining 13 points
and the king of diamonds is with him. Suddenly I remembered
how Brigid had fooled the Fat Man back in Hong Kong. It gave
me an idea.

 

 

 South Sam
   A 5
   A 9 3 2
   Q 9 8
   A 8 7 3

West

2
all pass
North

3
 
East
1NT
pass
 

South
double
3NT
 

Opening lead: 4

Dealer : East
Vuln: None

 North Gumshoe
   Q 6
   J 8 4
   A J 10 7 5
   Q 4 2
West Cairo
J 9 7 4 2
7 6 5
K 3
J 6 5
East Fat Man
K 10 8 3
K Q 10
6 4 2
K 10 9

I played the 6 of spades from dummy, hoping I hadn't thought too
long. The Fat Man turned to me and smiled. I've seen this position
before
, he said. With that, he put the king of spades on the table,
triumphantly. When in doubt, continued the Fat Man, whether to
trust a man's bidding or his play, always trust the play. No sir, you
can't con me. My partner has ace fifth of spades, otherwise you
would play the queen from dummy
.

I won the trick with the ace, took the diamond finesse and claimed
nine tricks.

I heard about the hand from Hong Kong, I said. Now how much
are you willing to pay for the black bird?

THE END of Part VI

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 South Sam
   A 5
   A 9 3 2
   Q 9 8
   A 8 7 3

West

2
all pass
North

3
 
East
1NT
pass
 

South
double
3NT
 

Opening lead: 4

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