The Doctor's Consultation: by Dr. Iain Corness
Pole dancing - trendy and healthy!
I receive much medical
information from overseas, and I thought I should share the latest with you.
The heading was “Pole Dancing - Trendiest Way For Guys To Get Into Shape!”
It continued with, “No longer an activity limited to smoky basement clubs
off the back streets of Soho (London). In recent years pole dancing has shed
its sleazy image and become a rather popular way for women (and men it
seems!) across the UK to keep toned and fit.”
Now, so that there can be no misunderstanding, this does not mean that you
should go and dance with a Pole called Wienczyslaw from Warsaw, who may not
appreciate your fitness routines. This is the arena of the chrome pole
palaces of health, of which there are several in Chiang Mai.
This article was really edifying as finally I know why certain go-go bars on
Walking Street are so popular with the male population - the lads are there
to get fit. Silly me, thinking they were there to drink beer and ogle! It is
fitness training, not vision training.
The Brits are so enthusiastic about pole dancing, that training DVDs
(available from www.poleexercise.co.uk) can now be found alongside your
average aerobic workout and there are a number of classes that are offered
all over the country. (By the way, I am not making any of this up.)
Luckily the classes are not intended to be professional training but are
presented more as a fun way for women of all ages and sizes to get fit,
improve flexibility and posture, tone up, burn calories and boost
confidence. I would agree on that, as our local pole dancers definitely do
seem fit, flexible, toned up and full of confidence. It does work, it would
seem. However, it should be noted that the local chrome pole dancers also
have a certain dusky hue, which may herald some basic differences between
Thailand’s pole dancers and those from Plymouth.
Again, according to my medical information from the UK, once you have
mastered the art of climbing up, twirling, spinning and swinging around the
pole you will find some of the most notable benefits of pole dancing are:
• In a one hour session you can burn as many as 250 calories, almost equal
to a good gym session.
• It builds and tones your upper body, strengthens your stomach muscles and
increases muscle definition in your bottom, arms and thighs.
• It makes your body release the endorphins which make you feel better and
more energetic, a definite plus on Walking Street.
The medical info paper continues by asserting that pole dancing is proving
so trendy that an increasing number of men are getting in on it! All this is
according to someone called AJ, who is apparently one of the UK’s leading
male pole dancing instructors and has been teaching for the past five years
at Covent Garden’s Pineapple Studios with his company PoleFX. “Over the past
12 months we have seen a huge rise and interest in pole dancing, not only
from a student level but also featuring in films such as The Wrestler with
Mickey Rourke and Marisa Tomei and Crank: High Voltage with Jason Statham
and Amy Smart,” said AJ.
In fact, so popular is pole dancing, that in October this year AJ will be
co-organizing Mr Pole Fitness 2009 in conjunction with Miss Pole Dance UK.
It definitely won’t be one to miss!
However, on a couple of research trips, I have found the local pole dancers
are not too pleased when their territory is invaded by pale skinned men or
women (who are only intent on getting fit, and could not be termed
exhibitionists in any way). Is there a new opening here, to bring back the
tourists, I wonder? I think I should invite AJ to come over here, where the
noble art of pole dancing originated and see if his pole fitness can out do
our local ladies!
And I suppose you used to think that medical information was all dry and
dusty, didn’t you? Mind you, there’s also some absolute codswallop (like
May 2: Classic Xavier
- an evening of Baroque to Contemporary: Two accomplished flautists
will join forces on May 2 at the AUA auditorium for a concert featuring
an exceptional repertoire of flute music including works by Mozart,
Furstenau, Faure, Stamitz, Quantz and Garibaldi.
Xavier Vichitporn will team up with Hiroshi Matsushima, the highly
acclaimed Japanese flautist. Hiroshi joined the faculty of the Mahidol
University College of Music in 2002, coming to Chiang Mai as part of a
cultural mission by the Japan Foundation. Prior to his arrival in
Thailand, he performed at major music festivals in Europe, including
Reichenau am Bodensee, Rheingau, MDR-Musiksommer and Schleswig-Holstein,
and has played in several professional orchestras, such as Hof Symphony,
Munich Symphony, Munich Chamber Orchestra and the German ‘Philharmonia
of the Nations’. He is highly regarded as a thoughtful, engaging, and
challenging teacher, and is much in demand for his teaching skills.
An avid proponent of both new music and Japanese music, Hiroshi has
commissioned and performed many works by notable modern composers, has
premiered Toru Takemitsu’s compositions for flute in Thailand and has
cooperated with players of traditional Japanese instruments.
The concert will begin at 7.30 p.m.; tickets are 200 baht, (100 baht for
students), for advance reservations please email [email protected]
hotmail.com. For full information and programme notes, please visit
May 8: The 2009 JJ Talent Contest. Heats will run between now and
the final in November, and are open to various categories of young bands
and soloists, Thai and foreign. This regular event gives a great chance
to youngsters to try out their talent; several previous winners have
gone on to greater heights of popularity as a result. This may not be
everyone’s idea of a musical evening, but the excitement it generates
may well compensate for the loudness of the noise!
JJ Markets is located alongside Tesco Kam Thieng - there are very good
restaurants and bars in the immediate area. Why not go along and make a
night of it!
May 9: The Chiang Mai Challenge Adventure Race. (See sports section
on page 19)
May 13: La Vie en Rose. There’s a busy couple of weeks ahead for
Chiang Mai’s well-known counter-tenor, Ong-ard Kanchaisak. As well as
his two concerts on May 4 and 8 at Baan Kru Book on Nimmanheiminda Road
Soi11 and the AUA auditorium, (see last week’s ‘Don’t Miss’ for full
details) he will be appearing in concert at the newly opened La Vie en
Rose opposite Hillside 4 condos on Huey Kaew Road. The recital,
‘Ong-ard in Mellow Mood’, will be part of an event including dinner.
Ong-ard will be accompanied on the piano by Remi Mantep, and will be
delighting the diners with folk songs, chansons, songs from the
musicals, and swinging jazz numbers. All are welcome; the event will
take place between 7 and 10 p.m.
May 16: Battle of the Bands. A totally different musical occasion -
the Final of the American Pacific International School’s ‘APIS Idol’
talent contest for solo vocalists form the school’s Elementary, Middle
and High School levels, combined with the multi-school ‘Battle of the
Bands talent contest for what were called ‘pop groups’ when most of us
were at school! Schools whose students are taking part are APIS, Prem
International, Nakorn Payap International, Lanna International and
Chiang Mai International. Loads of young talent and loads of fun – at
APIS’s auditorium, beginning at 4 p.m. (doors open 3.30 p.m). Tickets
are 200 baht, (100 baht for students), available at the door, by calling
Syd Moss on 084-665-0562, or by emailing on [email protected] com. For
directions to APIS, please visit www.apis.ac.th/index. php and download
May 17: Lecture - The Teachings of Claudio Arrau. For those who are
truly into classical piano, this lecture should be interesting, as it
covers the supreme technical skills of the world-famous Chilean pianist,
Claudio Arrau, (1902-1991), with whom Bennett Lerner had the good
fortune to study for 10 years from 1963-73.
Assisted by Achira Assawadecharit, Bennett will discuss his experiences
as a student with the great man, and will demonstrate Arrau’s technical
principles. Arrau’s piano technique was based on the use of arm-weight
and upper arm movements to a much greater degree than in other methods
of piano playing - “The music is in your arms!” - requiring a profound
analysis of the fingers, hands, arms, and back in relaxation and in
motion, as well as a detailed response to musical notation (phrasing,
dynamics, etc.), providing the pianist with a means to achieving depth
in both his sound and his interpretation.
Arrau’s teachings are now being handed on through the fourth generation
in many parts of the world. The lecture will take place at Payap
University’s Gaew Narawat Campus Music College premises, in Room MB1,
(the Choir Room), at 4.30 p.m. Admission is free.
Heart to Heart
I have a neighbor with a voyeur wife, and I’m at my wits end to know
what to do about it. When I go into one of the upstairs guest bathrooms,
balance a stool on a chair and climb on top, peering through the top
most slit in the venetian blinds I can just see, with use of powerful
binoculars, through a narrow crack in my neighbor’s bathroom curtains
this shameless hussy taking a shower and flaunting her nude body for all
the world to see. She is a serial offender as this occurs every night,
without fail. Not only is this obscene, but extremely dangerous as the
stool becomes very unstable when I start to tremble. Serious injury is
more than likely, bearing in mind should I fall I would only have the
use of one hand to try and save myself. My question is - if I topple
from this precarious perch and suffer grave injuries, can I claim
compensation from this disgusting exhibitionist?
Puritanical Pattaya Parishioner
Dear Puritanical Pattaya Parishioner (PPP),
You appear to be confusing your aspirations with your capabilities, my
one-armed Petal (or are you just missing one hand?). To begin with,
taking the start of your letter, you are mistaken, the lady next door is
not a voyeur. You are the voyeur. By the end of your letter, you have
decided that she is an exhibitionist, which is unfortunately incorrect
as well. In fact, you are the (literary) exhibitionist, telling the
world, behind the safety of a nom de plume, that you have a problem
precariously perching in what one imagines is a semi-nude pose, hanging
on with your one good hand. Rather than advise you on the legal
situation regarding compensation, I would suggest that you beat the
problem (oops, sorry, meet the problem) head on and while wearing your
raincoat visit Walking Street in Pattaya any evening where I am sure you
could find some lovely ladies who will be happy to help you with your
Don’t you get tired of all these men who write in complaining that they
have been ripped off, jilted, robbed and bankrupted by women half their
size and half their age. Is this some inbuilt male self-destroying
mechanism, or are they all just suckers for a pretty face? Or is it just
all the beer that they drink?
And I believe that must be Ms. Amazed judging by the tone of your
letter. Now, have you lost someone to the brown maidens, I wonder? No,
males generally do not show self-destruction as one of their less
redeeming features, well, not to my knowledge at least. However, you are
correct that some (not all, my Petal) of them fall prey to the flattery
found in the beer bars, and when viewing the world through beer glasses,
you can get a somewhat distorted idea of what is real and what is clever
salesmanship. So I’m sorry I cannot fully answer your queries, but
perhaps you can answer just why do these men succumb so readily? Is
there something missing in their previous relationships?
I remain utterly flabbergasted that every week, or it seems that way,
you will get another letter from a broken hearted male who has lost
another house and several ounces of gold to another young Thai hussy.
That is after the buffalo has had its expensive injections to get it on
its feet again. Does nobody warn these people that this is the most
likely outcome? Perhaps you should have a notice inserted in the Mail
that Thai women are a wealth hazard! I suggest the front page, to get
their attention. Or are they blind already?
Dear Browned Off,
Are you Browned Off or “Burned Off”, Petal? It sounds that way to me.
You do not say where you came from, but all the western so-called
developed countries have their own financial hazards in the men and
women stakes. Called divorce settlements and alimony, these are
resulting in many men walking the streets of Thailand rueing the fact
that they have lost several houses, cars and been made poor by the women
in their own country. In America they are even drawing up “pre-nuptial”
agreements as a form of “damage control” to try and quantify and contain
the loss on splitting up. Since more than 50 percent of first marriages
end in divorce in the western world, that’s a lot of houses out there in
the matrimonial maelstrom. No wonder the sub-prime market collapsed
under the weight of all that lot. However, Hillary remains absolutely
flabbergasted that people such as you protest so loudly your amazement
that this happens here, as if it didn’t in your own countries. If you
don’t believe me go your local Chicken Pluckers Arms in the UK and take
a straw poll of how many men have lost everything but their shirts to
some English women. You get off lightly over here. Hillary does also
take you to task, branding all Thai/Farang marriage failure females as
being hussies. Would you say the same about British women? Or Americans?
by Harry Flashman
12 months of digital photography
- How does it stack up?
more years than I care to remember using film stocks, I
succumbed and joined the digital evolution 12 months ago,
purchasing my first ‘real’ digital, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ
After three months of ownership I was still very much in love
with this new camera. After 12 months, am I still ecstatic? The
answer is yes and no!
Let’s go through the silly things first, which are all fairly
minor, but do decrease some of the enjoyment in using the
camera. Remember that while an image is the end result, it is
how easy and enjoyable in the handling of the camera that also
counts for the photographer.
First, silly item(s) - the covers over the battery, the AV
digital slot and the memory card. The battery compartment
requires moving a lever, the digital slot has a spring-loaded
door (which I always forget to shut) and the memory card has a
sliding cover. The intuitive method would have been to have all
three operated the same way.
Another silly item - the thumb wheels to alter shutter speed and
aperture are on different sides of the camera. One wheel would
have done, click to the left for aperture, click to the right
for shutter speed (just the same way as electric mirrors on a
car use the same switch).
Other annoying features include the lack of any sub-35 mm
setting on the otherwise brilliant zoom lens with its range of
35 mm - 420 mm. Add-on wide angle lenses which suit this camera
are also not highly rated and everyone I know with one has given
up using the conversion as it decreases sharpness.
Another somewhat disconcerting feature is when you are shooting
any scene with a bright light source in it. This leaves “light
trails” down the viewfinder, but these do not appear in the
final picture. As I said, disconcerting until you have
experienced this a few times and have started not to worry!
Finally, the on-camera pop-up flash is about as good as lighting
a match. Woeful! This leaves you with the option of having to
find a Lumix flash or one that is compatible. Lumix units in
this country are unheard of (the downside of buying something
not readily available in Thailand), but the Olympus range is
compatible, but ridiculously expensive, more than the amount I
paid for the camera. What I finally did was to buy an
aftermarket flash (Jessops) and forget all about TTL
capabilities. After all, with the ‘instant’ playback available
with digital cameras, I set the flash to what I think it should
be and then after the test shot and review, change the settings
from there. A bit more fiddly, but fun in its own way.
And the up-side? Wonderful range in an equally wonderful Leica
lens. As mentioned before, 35-420 mm is an awesome range, and my
results are pin sharp all the way through. For years I have
bleated on about never using a zoom lens, and always use prime
lenses. This lens shows how wrong I have been.
Of course, I have to mention the ‘instant replay’ which
characterizes digital photography. The close-up control is easy
to use so that you can review the fine details in a shot to make
sure it is really sharp. I find that if it is still sharp at X
8, it will be a suitable print up to 10"x8", though obviously
something sharp at X 16 is even better.
The Lumix has also made me lazy. Where before I spent much time
looking to see that I had the correct exposure setting and then
worrying until the negatives came back, with the FZ50, I use the
automatic exposure setting, plus the auto bracketing feature
giving me plus and minus two thirds of a stop either side from
the chosen exposure setting. A quick review and I know I have
the shot with the correct exposure. No waiting, it’s there!
The instruction book is comprehensive, though most of the
“modes” I select manually, being not that lazy - yet!
In summary, a great camera for the price. Get one of you can
Money Matters: Paul Gambles MBMG International Ltd.
What is a ‘Ponzi’ Scheme?
The term comes from Charles
Ponzi who became known as one of the biggest rip off merchants in America in the
last century. He was known to be a compulsive liar - when he was in prison, he
sent his mother a letter saying he was a ‘special assistant’ to a prison warden.
Ponzi’s official mug shot.
The actual term means that if someone has invested in a particular
product/fund/scheme early on and wants to redeem money then they will be paid by
the money paid in by later investors, not any actual profits.
What Charles Ponzi did was promise 50% profit within 45 days or 100% in 90 days.
How was he able to do this? After he was released from jail he received a letter
from Spain. In this was an International Reply Coupon (IRC). The reason for the
IRC was to permit someone in one particular country to send it to someone else
in another country. This person could then use it to pay for the postage if they
wanted to reply. The IRC was priced at what the cost of the purchase was where
it was bought but could also be swapped for stamps to cover the cost of postage
where it was redeemed. If the values were different then there was the
possibility of making a profit.
In 1919, inflation hit Italy and brought down the cost of postage when compared
to the US dollar. This meant that IRCs could be purchased in Italy and then
changed for American stamps to get a higher value. What this entailed was:
- Send money overseas
- Get someone to buy the IRCs
- Send IRCs to America
- Redeem the IRCs for stamps of a higher cost
- Sell the stamps
Charles Ponzi was later to claim that the net profit to him after all costs and
exchange rates was well over four hundred percent. In a way, it was a type of
arbitrage - this is where one profits by purchasing an asset in a particular
market at a lower price and selling it straight away in another market at a
Ponzi borrowed money, sent it to relatives in Italy telling them to buy postal
coupons there and send them back to him. However, that was when the problems
started. There were many administrative problems to overcome.
This did not deter Ponzi. He borrowed some money from American friends saying
they would double their money within three months if they gave him what he
needed. In retrospect, it is amazing to say so, but he did deliver on this
initial promise. Encouraged by this, he founded his own company which was called
the Securities Exchange Company. He used this to promote his now infamous
The initial investors benefited as promised. More and more people wanted a cut
of the action. Ponzi hired people to sell the concept and paid them generous
commissions. In February 1920, Ponzi made USD5,000. One month later he made over
USD30,000. Two months later he pulled in USD420,000.
After depositing over USD3 million in the Hanover Trust Bank he had a
controlling interest in the bank itself. Within six months of setting up his
company he had made millions. Yet more and more investors poured in. People were
even taking out mortgages on their homes.
Money continued to flow in. What people did not realize was the whole thing was
already operating at a financial loss. However, providing new money kept coming
in then other investors could be paid out. It was starting to look as though it
was too good to be true. In fact, when one financial writer said it was, Ponzi
took him to court and won a large claim in damages which gave people new faith
in what he was doing. By late July 1920, Ponzi was making USD250,000 per DAY -
this is equivalent to over USD2.5 million in today’s money.
However, some people were still suspicious and both the Massachusetts’s
government and the Boston Post carried out separate investigations on Ponzi. The
latter hired Clarence Barron to examine Ponzi in more detail. He reported that
even though the returns were incredible, Ponzi was not actually investing in the
scheme himself. The killer came when Barron revealed that for all the
investments that were in the Securities Exchange Company to be covered there
would need to be 160 million reply coupons in circulation. In fact, there were
There was a run on the company but Ponzi paid out USD2 million in three days to
allay fears and this worked - temporarily. The Boston Post then published an
article which showed Ponzi was in debt to the tune of millions. This was the
beginning of the end. In early August, the FBI raided the offices of the
Securities Exchange Company and closed it. Ponzi was arrested and it was proven
that he owed over USD3 million. In the end this bought down six banks and people
were lucky to get back 30 cents to one US dollar invested.
Ponzi was jailed after being found guilty of mail fraud. He was freed after
three and a half years only to face charges of larceny. He was found guilty and
sentenced to seven years. He appealed and was released on bail. Not being able
to help himself he went to Florida and set up a land purchase scam which
promised 200% profit in two months. Some of the land sold was actually under
To cut a long story short, Ponzi was jailed for this one, too. He then tried to
escape to Italy but was caught and returned to Massachusetts to serve out the
rest of his sentence. He was released in 1934 and was deported to Italy where
Mussolini gave him a job. However, he was so bad that he had to do a runner to
Brazil after having stolen money from the Italian treasury. He then died in
So, what does all of this tell us? Basically, if something sounds too good to be
true then it usually is. If banks are offering great deals then it is because
they need money to stay afloat. If fund managers propose unbelievable returns
then it is because no-one would invest with them under normal circumstances.
Remember, these times are about preservation of capital, not frittering it away
on get-rich-quick-schemes. It is possible to make money and beat the bank but
look at the small print first and do not expect brilliant returns, just good
single figure ones.
The above data and research was compiled from
sources believed to be reliable. However, neither MBMG International Ltd
nor its officers can accept any liability for any errors or omissions in
the above article nor bear any responsibility for any losses achieved as
a result of any actions taken or not taken as a consequence of reading
the above article. For more information please contact Paul Gambles on
Let's Go To The Movies:
by Mark Gernpy
Alert: Major Cineplex at Airport Plaza has a 20 baht surcharge for
Wolverine. They told me it’s because “it’s an expensive film.” (!)
By the way, if you’re over 60 you can get a good senior discount at Major
Vista has postponed
Slumdog Millionaire one week, to May 14.
Now playing in Chiang
X-Men Origins: Wolverine:
US/ New Zealand/ Australia, Action/ Fantasy/ Sci-Fi – Though early
reviews are lukewarm, I think it’s simply brilliant, starting out with eight
minutes of nigh perfect popular filmmaking, a sequence that is thrilling,
sensible, and, wonder of wonders, deeply intriguing! It then veers into a
quiet sequence building up a love-interest, which might seem to be just
padding, but no, get involved with it, because the love relationship leads
to some real emotional payoffs down the line. Really, it’s a superb action
film for anyone who likes the genre, with excellent performances by Hugh
Jackman, Liev Schreiber, and many others. There are two very short
additional scenes during the closing credits. 20 baht surcharge at Major
Cineplex, none at Vista.
The Haunting in
Connecticut: US, Horror/ Thriller – A classic haunted-house film,
technically proficient, well acted, with an alarming score, creepy
photography, and a great house. A family moves into a house where the bad
deeds of previous tenants have left a foul psychic residue. Peter
Cornwell’s film has plenty of effective scares, but it is also a moving
family drama featuring an impressive performance by Virginia Madsen.
Generally negative reviews.
Khan Kluay 2: Thai,
Animation/ Adventure – The legendary elephant is back in action in this
superb sequel to the animated movie Khan Kluay. Brilliant, beautiful
animation that looks 3D though really only 2D, with an engrossing story.
It’s much more assured than the first Khan Kluay, and the animation
skills are now really quite advanced. There are some truly scary parts in
the film, as there usually are in good children’s tales.
Race to Witch Mountain:
US, Adventure/ Fantasy – A perfectly acceptable and innocuous action
film for children (mostly) with all the standard chills and thrills,
chase-movie suspense, and wisecracking humor – and a few slam-bang action
setpieces. Well done of its type, and the ex-Rock Dwayne Johnson is
(mostly) charming as a cabbie who protects two children with paranormal
powers from the clutches of an evil organization that’s up to no good.
Mixed or average reviews.
Thai, Horror/ Romance – A rather amateurish half comedy, half laughably
inept horror film, starring Love of Siam heartthrob Mario Maurer,
experimenting in a different movie genre. The striking posters are truly
much better than the film.
Crank: High Voltage:
US, Action – The indestructible hopped-up hitman Chev Chelios is played to
the hilt once again by Jason Statham, picking up where the first film left
off - except this time, he’s chasing a Chinese gangster who hijacked his
heart and substituted it with a mechanical one that needs to be jolted
regularly with an electric charge to stay pumping. Rated R in the US for
frenetic strong bloody violence throughout, crude and graphic sexual
content, nudity, and pervasive language. Mixed or average reviews.
Fast & Furious 4: US,
Action – Vin Diesel and Paul Walker re-team for the ultimate chapter of this
film franchise built on speed and cars. It’s almost entirely about car
races and car crashes, and it’s a profoundly silly movie! Mixed or average
May 7 - Star Trek (2009):
US/ Germany, Sci-Fi/ Adventure/ Action – All new! This
much-anticipated film is a reboot of the series, going back to the series’
’60s roots by depicting the formative experiences of the legendary heroes
Kirk and Spock, and their young, new crew. From director J.J. Abrams (Mission:
Impossible III, Lost, and Alias). Early reviews:
May 7 - The Tale of
Despereaux: UK/ US, Animation/ Family/ Fantasy – Quite a curious film,
with a curious style and point of view. Atmospheric and charming, and not
your ordinary plot-driven animation by any means. Rather laid-back, and
amusing rather than funny, and pleasant rather than exciting. A fable with
simple themes, the straightforward story begins in a nameless town with a
“Camelot” vibe, and is told with lushly drawn backdrops, many of which have
the look of really old paper. There’s also a depth of field throughout
The Tale of Despereaux that’s reminiscent of skilled hand drawing. This
may be the first animated film where you notice the cinematography. Mixed
or average reviews, but I’m quite fond of it.
May 14 - Slumdog
Millionaire: US/ UK, Crime/ Drama/ Romance – Breathless, exciting,
heartbreaking but exhilarating at the same time, this film won Oscar best
picture and best director – and awards for adapted screenplay, original
score, film editing, original song, sound mixing, and cinematography.
Definitely to be seen! Rated R in the US for some violence, disturbing
images, and language. Reviews: Universal acclaim. At Vista only.
Bridge in Paradise :
by Neil Robinson
This hand was played in a game in Chiang Mai recently. Last week was a
difficult defensive play. Today it is the turn of declarer. No one was
vulnerable and South dealt. This was the bidding:
South West North East
P P 2C 3C
3H P 4H All
Imagine you are sitting
South, with the dummy and hand below. The opening lead was the queen of
clubs. You have a great dummy and 30 HCP between the two hands. How do you
make the contract?
At the table the ace of
clubs won the first trick. A low spade was led from dummy to the queen in
hand. Declarer finessed in hearts, with the queen losing to East’s king.
East then led the king of clubs and another club. West ruffed with the
jack, forcing the ace of hearts from dummy. The six of hearts was led and
the trick was won by East’s ten, with West discarding. East now led a low
spade, which dummy was forced to win with the king. You have already lost
three tricks (the king and ten of hearts and the king of clubs) and cannot
afford to lose any more. The situation now is shown below. What do you lead
At the table, declarer tried
to get to hand by leading a low diamond to his king. East ruffed and the
contract was down. The correct lead is the ace of spades, which you trump
in hand. It is critically important to get to hand to pull the last trump.
You have plenty of winners in diamonds and do not need the ace of spades, so
the correct play is to trump your winning ace! (If East trumps the spade
first, you simply over ruff.) Now you can pull the last trump with your
nine and claim the rest. Congratulations if you found the right play. The
full deal is shown below:
S: J943 S: 8762
H: J5 H: K104
D: 108632 D: -
C: Q5 C:
Chiang Mai now has an
official bridge club - the Bridge Club of Chiang Mai. We welcome new
players. For information on the Club please contact Chris Hedges at:
[email protected] If you have bridge questions, or to send me
your interesting hands, please contact me at: [email protected]