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Victory and vindication
Charles Goren
September 29, 1958
From the ring of the cheers that echoed in the huge Viking Auditorium of Oslo's City Hall, you would have thought that Norway's own contract bridge team had won the European Championship. But, for the third successive year, the toasts at the victory banquet were for Italy's World Champions: Walter Avarelli, Giorgio Belladonna, Eugenio Chiaradia, Massimo D'Alelio, Guglielmo Siniscalco and Pietro Forquet.
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September 29, 1958

Victory And Vindication

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1 [Heart]
PASS
PASS
PASS

EAST
(Avarelli)

PASS
PASS
4 [Spade]
PASS

SOUTH
(Jais)

2 [Diamond]
4 [Heart]
6 [Heart]

Opening lead: spade 7

Trezel trumped the second lead of spades, drew trumps and played the diamonds correctly. He assumed that if either opponent held four diamonds it would be East. He won the second diamond in his own hand with the king and, West having showed out, he took the marked finesse against East's diamond jack. France chalked up a plus of 980 for making the slam.

In the other room, the bidding shows the Neapolitan Club system working to advantage even when the club bid is not used.

WEST
(Svarc)

PASS
1 [Spade]
4 [Spade]
PASS
PASS

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