Both sides vulnerable


{spade} 10 4

{heart} K Q J 3

{diam} A K J 10 7

{club} 7 5


{spade} K 7 6 3

{heart} 9 4

{diam} 8 6 3

{club} K 10 9 6


{spade} J 9 8

{heart} 7 6 5 2

{diam} 9 5 2

{club} Q 3 2


{spade} A Q 5 2

{heart} A 10 8

{diam} Q 4

{club} A J 8 4

The bidding:




East 1 NT


2 {club}

Pass 2 {spade}


3 {diam}

Pass 3 NT


4 NT

Pass 6 NT


All Pass

Opening lead: {diam} 3

"Your position is hopeless, Dr. Jones," the Nazi agent said slyly. "Why not concede the prize?"

They had found the golden scepter of the pharaoh Amenhotep, said to have magical powers.

"Let us play bridge for it," the Nazi had offered. "One rubber, winner take all."

"You're on," Indiana Jones snapped. But the play had gone badly, and he'd had to risk a slam to salvage the match. West doubled and led a safe diamond, and things looked grim for Indy: West surely held both black kings.

"Why people perpetrate such doubles I'll never know," Jones muttered. "He's told me how the cards lie, but I can't do a thing about it." Shrugging, Jones ran the diamonds and hearts, keeping the A-Q of spades and A-J of clubs. West kept a guard to both his kings.

"It's no good," Jones groaned. "If I cash the ace of clubs, hoping to end-play West, he'll throw the king under the ace. East will win the next club and lead a spade."

In desperation, Indy looked to the scepter for guidance. The counsel of the ancient pharaoh came from across the centuries: "When an opponent is visualizing your hand, give him the wrong hand to visualize."

"Come, Dr. Jones," said the Nazi, "the Fu{dier}hrer is waiting."

Jones then led the ace of spades. West sneered . . . and dumped his king (!), playing South for the A-J of spades and A-Q of clubs. Jones claimed, winning the rubber and the scepter.

"We will meet again, Dr. Jones."

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