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Bridge By Phillip Alder
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♥
♦
♣

from sweden nearly 36 years ago

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

01-10-19

East
♠Q6532
♥QJ43
♦AQJ
♣K

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

West

North

Pass
2 NT
4♣

2♠
3♠
Pass

Dbl.
3 NT
5♣

East
1♠
Pass
Pass
All Pass

Opening lead: ♠ J
In 1994, Bob Hamman wrote
his autobiography with Brent
Manley. Called “At the Table” (DBM
Publications), it contains several
deals from the 176-board final of
the 1983 Bermuda Bowl world team
championship in Stockholm. I was
there, and it was one of the most
exciting matches ever. A large audiCOPYRIGHT: 2019, UNITED FEATURE SYNDICATE

ence watched the action on a screen,
with a team of commentators led by
Edgar Kaplan. Most spectators supported Italy, represented by Giorgio
Belladonna-Benito Garozzo, Dano
De Falco-Arturo Franco and Lorenzo
Lauria-Carlo Mosca. The American
team was Michael Becker-Ronnie
Rubin, Bob Hamman-Bobby Wolff and
Alan Sontag-Peter Weichsel.
This was Board 66. First, let’s
look at the Open Room. East’s opening bid was limited to 16 points,
hence West’s aggressive bidding.
South’s two-no-trump advance was
for takeout and suggested limited
values. However, if Franco (South)
had passed out three no-trump, that
contract would have made easily.
Still, he played five clubs beautifully
-- how?
Franco won the spade lead in
his hand and ducked a diamond to
East’s jack. Declarer won the next
trick with dummy’s spade ace, ruffed
a diamond, played a club to the ace,
ruffed another diamond (bringing
down the ace), cashed his heart king,
crossed to the heart ace, discarded a
heart on the diamond king and, with
three trumps and one heart in each
hand, exited with a trump to West’s
queen. West had to return a spade or
a diamond, permitting Franco to ruff
on the board and sluff his last heart,
or vice versa. Italy plus 600.

Thurs., 1/10

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