Buster Keaton Playing Bridge



Dealer South

 J 10 5




N S Vulnerable






 6 4 3





 K J 8 7 3 2









K 3



6 4

A Q J 9 5


W                          E

10 8 2

10 9 8



Q J 7 5

A Q 4



10 9 6 5









A Q  9 8 72





K 7 4 3





A K 2








































Heat up the popcorn and let's travel back in time.

 Silent film star Buster Keaton was South on today's deal from a Sunday home game in California.

 Alfred Sheinwold was West, partnered by his wife Patricia Fox Sheinwold.

 Can you see how Keaton made his game contract?


Keaton was a great stunt man, and the fast-play of the Keystone Kops comedies was his trademark. On this hand Keaton made a fast-forward play by putting both red kings on the table at trick one. It was a nice stunt! Then he separated the cards, won the first trick with the king of diamonds and kept the king of hearts on the table for West to win the next trick. That was all, folks. After a second diamond lead, Keaton was able to ruff three hearts in dummy, losing one trump, one heart and one diamond, to score his game.

What would have happened if Keaton had led a low heart at trick two? West would play low and East would win and shift to trumps. Then there are only two heart ruffs available and only nine tricks. Sure, West could have shifted to a heart, but he would have lost his trump trick.


(This article originally appeared in The Jerusalem Post by Matthew Granovetter)