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Bridge By Phillip Alder
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the second half of the deal's story

Dealer: East
Vulnerable: North-South
North
♠A8
♥A92
♦K853
♣AJ83
West
♠ J 10 7 4
♥ 10 7
♦ 10 9 7 4 2
♣Q4

01-11-19

East
♠Q6532
♥QJ43
♦AQJ
♣K

South
♠K9
♥K865
♦6
♣ 10 9 7 6 5 2
South

West

North

Pass
4♥

2♠
Pass

Dbl.
Pass

East
1♠
3♠
Pass

Opening lead: ♠ J
Yesterday, we looked at how
Arturo Franco from Italy made five
clubs on this deal, Board 66 of 176
in the final of the 1983 Bermuda
Bowl world team championship in
Stockholm. (Franco was a great player who gave up world championships
soon after this because he refused to
fly anywhere.)
In the given auction, Bob
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Hamman reached a tenuous fourheart contract on a 4-3 fit. But if you
ever want someone to declare in a
tricky contract like this, Hamman is
an excellent choice.
Hamman won the first trick with
his spade king and played a heart to
the nine. Giorgio Belladonna (East)
falsecarded with the queen, then
returned a spade to dummy’s ace.
Declarer cashed the heart ace
and played a heart to his king, hoping for a 3-3 split. Then, he would
have given up a club and made his
contract. But when Benito Garozzo
(West) showed out, Hamman was in
big trouble. If he had run the club 10
to East’s king, Belladonna would have
drawn Hamman’s last trump, and the
defenders could have taken a lot of
tricks in spades and diamonds for
down five or six!
However, what else could
Hamman do? He led the club 10, and
Garozzo covered with the queen!
Dummy’s ace also collected the king,
and suddenly there was a light at the
end of the tunnel. Hamman led out
the clubs and lost only two hearts
and one diamond.
Plus 620 gave the United States
1 international match point when it
looked like 15 imps to Italy.
Tomorrow: the last deal of the
match.

Fri., 1/11

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