The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on January 26, 1986 · Page 39
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 39

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, January 26, 1986
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The Salina Journal Entertainment Sunday, January 26,1986 Page 3 Chinese official showed courage at bridge table Bridge By ALFRED SHEINWOLD Los Angeles Times During the last few weeks, this column has admiringly discussed several hands as candidates for the Alfred award, presented annually to the hero of the best- played hand of the year. Today we feature a hand that has already received an award, not from Alfred but from the International Bridge Press Association. That's almost as good. Naming today's hand the best of 1985, the IBP A presented a certificate of esteem to the declarer, none other than Wan Li, deputy prime minister of the People's Republic of China. U.S. expert Kathie Wei, dummy when the hand was played last year in Peking, accepted the certificate for Wan in a ceremony last October in Sao Paulo during the 1985 World Championships. The bidding is almost as complex as the play. The opening bid of one club said nothing about South's club length but merely promised a hand of any distribution with at least 16 high- card points. The "strong club" is the basic feature of bidding systems favored by many tournament experts. West's double was not the typical takeout double, promising support for each of the three unbid suits. Instead it promised at least five cards in each of the majors. Many experts, thinking they get better results with a two-suiter when competing against a strong opening bid, use a double to show both majors, one notrump to show both minors, and other bids to show one major and one minor. NORTH »Q75 V9764 094 + KJ104 WEST • A8642 <5>AQJ105 062 *5 SOUTH EAST 4KJ1093 <93 OQJ875 487 <?K82 OAK103 + AQ9632 South West North East 1* Dbl 10 2* 3* 4+ 5* Pass Pass Dbl Pass Pass Redbl All Pass Opening lead -- + 8 South dealer; North-South vulnerable Mrs. Wei's bid of one diamond on the North hand would show a very weak hand if West had passed. After West's double, however, Mrs. Wei would pass with a bad hand. By agreement with her partner, the response of one diamond promised about six or seven high-card points. The rest of the bids were natural. South's redouble was evidence that the deputy prime minister of a nation of a billion people is not a timid man, and the willingness of the opponents to sit for the redouble (five spades doubled would have cost only 100 or 300 points) indicates that they had strong nerves). West wanted his partner to win the first trick and return a heart. Since South obviously had one spade at most, West underfed the ace of spades in the hope that his partner could win the spade trick (if the defenders had a spade trick coming to them). West led the highest of .his low spades to make it clear that he wanted a return in a high side suit (hearts rather than diamonds). This was all very enterprising and scientific, but unproductive. South ruffed the first spade, led a trump to dummy's ten and returned the nine of diamonds. East stolidly played a low diamond, not too quickly and not too slowly. What should South do? Remember that South doesn't see the East-West cards. South knows that West has length in both major suits and surely the ace of hearts among the goodies. How is South to avoid losing three heart tricks? South looked ahead to an eventual end play to limit his loss in hearts. He would need to strip out dummy's spades and his own diamonds and would have to keep a trump in dummy to make the end play effective. Since declarer would have to draw two rounds of trumps; he could afford to ruff only one diamond in dummy. Wan therefore let the nine of diamonds ride as a finesse, playing East for the queen-jack of diamonds. When this far-sighted, courageous play succeeded, declarer was home. He ruffed a second spade, led a trump to dummy and returned another diamond. East put up the jack and South led the ace of diamonds to discard dummy's last spade. Now a diamond ruff with dummy's third trump put him in dummy to lead a heart. No matter what East played, South could afford to play the eight of hearts from his hand, knowing that West had five of the six missing hearts. If East won with a singleton heart honor, such as the queen, he would then have to lead a diamond or a spade and South would discard a heart from his hand while dummy ruffed. If West could afford to win the heart trick with the queen or jack (or some such card), he would be equally embarrassed. If West Roy Rogers enjoying cable show NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, the buckskin couple who rode blissfully together into many a sunset, are enjoying happy trails again on a new cable TV show. The "king of the cowboys" and "queen of the West" are hosts of a 90-minute show?; '•••";;:.; every Saturday & on The Nash-f ville Network,*" "Happy Trails Theatre." It features Rogers' movies. Each program opens and Rogers closes with Rogers and Evans sharing personal anecdotes about how each film was done. Rogers wears some of the custom-made Western wardrobe from his early movie roles. "We enjoyed doing this," the 74- year-old Rogers said in a telephone interview from his museum in Victorville, Calif. "We remembered all the characters, but we had a synopsis of the script to refresh our memory. This brought back memories of Pat Brady, Andy Devine, Gabby Hayes, Smiley Burnette and all the sidekicks." The 26 movies on the show include "My Pal Trigger" (Evans' favorite because it showed the beauty of Rogers' famous horse), "Cowboy and the Senorita" (the first the couple ever made together) and "Under Western Stars," Rogers' favorite. This 1938 film was his first of 90 movies. "I enjoyed making them all but the first one was the biggest thrill," Rogers said. "I felt I was getting somewhere as we emerged from the Depression. I was making 75 bucks a week, which I thought was all the money in the world. When I hear about people quitting now over $35,000 an episode, it makes me want to throw up." "I remember it like it was yesterday," he said. "I was a young congressman fighting ranchers continued hearts, South's king would win a trick; if West, instead, led a spade, dummy would ruff while South discarded a heart. Clearly, dummy needed a trump to make the end play work. And, in order to keep a trump in dummy, South had to play East for the queen-jack of diamonds. It's not clear how much of a player's bridge ability carries over to his other activities but if there is a carryover it's probably no handicap for a statesman to have foresight and courage. Ptton* Ahnd For Appointment 825-1915 Location: 2420 S. 9th St. Store Hours: Mon.-Sat. 9 am-9 pm Sunday 12-6 pm Shop Hours: Mon.'Sal. 8 am-6 pm Prices Good Jan. 26 thru Feb. 1. 1986 Wiper Delay •Solid state variable speed control •Fits all cars and trucks •No. 7101 and fanners who needed water for irrigation. I was to put through a water bill." Rogers believes the movies will be especially popular for those who first saw them as youngsters, when they saved their pennies to attend Saturday matinees. "They will bring back lots of memories for people from their 40s to 70s," he said. On one of the cable shows, he tells how he found Trigger. The handsome horse was leased to the studio for Rogers to use, and the public adored the animal so much he decided to buy it for $2,500. Trigger and Rogers were together throughout his movie and TV career. "He was 33 when he died in 1965; that was like being 115 for a human. I was a lucky cowboy," said Rogers. The films shaped the Western prototype. 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