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Bridge By Phillip Alder
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the top medal winner of all time

Dealer: North
Vulnerable: East-West

North
01-08-19
♠ Q 10 9 7 3
♥K4
♦8652
♣ A 10
West
♠65
♥ 10 8 2
♦ A J 10 7
♣K983

East
♠842
♥Q9765
♦Q9
♣QJ6

South
♠AKJ
♥AJ3
♦K43
♣7542
South

West

1♥
2♥
3♦

1♠
2♠
Pass

North
1♦
Pass
Pass
3♥

East
Dble
Pass
Pass
All Pass

Opening lead: ♣ 2
The 2017 International Bridge
Press Association’s Man of the Year
was Bob Hamman.
Now aged 80, he has the greatest record in world bridge. He was
the top-ranked player for more than
20 years; has won 31 world championship medals (11 more than anyone
else), including 14 gold; and has also
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captured 51 North American championships.
Hamman claims never to let
a bad result affect future boards -though he has not had many opportunities to prove this. He never sorts
his hand and has a rakish sense of
humor.
I gave my favorite Hamman deal
last week, but this one was impressive also. It occurred during the 1983
U.S. trials. After a competitive auction
ended in three hearts, West led the
club two: five, 10, queen. How did
Hamman continue?
It looked too easy: Draw two
rounds of trumps ending in the
dummy, discard a diamond loser on
the second top spade and concede
one heart, two diamonds and one
club. Almost everyone would have
done that -- and gone down one.
Hamman asked himself what would
happen if the trumps split 4-1, which
was more likely than usual given
East’s takeout double. Hamman saw
that he could survive if clubs were
3-3.
Declarer cashed his club ace,
played a spade to dummy’s king,
discarded his last club on the spade
ace and ruffed a club in hand. Now
Hamman cashed the heart king and
played a heart to dummy’s ace. On
dummy’s remaining club jack, he
threw a diamond loser and conceded
two tricks in each red suit.
Wed., 1/9

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