[King of Spades]
[Jack of Spades]
[Queen of Diamonds]
[Ace of Spades]
[10 of Spades]
[8 of Clubs]
On the lead to North's king of clubs, West is doomed. A diamond discard establishes North's 9; a spade lets South win the last two with the ace and 10 of that suit.
However, the Hollander tried the simple ruse once used with great success by Margaret Wagar of Atlanta in a similar situation. He pushed the queen of spades through, in hopes that East would have the king and would fail to cover. In this case it couldn't work because East couldn't have ducked if he wanted to; he simply didn't have the king.
The days went by, with form holding true. The three top teams won their matches. Both France and England remained contenders, but Italy appeared to have the inside track.
Meanwhile, your correspondent was enjoying the new experience of spending two weeks at a bridge tournament without playing a hand. As I observed the sufferings of many of those who had to do the playing, I felt like the small boy who, having had a molar extracted, filled the offending tooth with jam in order to watch it ache.
In this deal, from Italy's match against Sweden, the sufferers were Forquet and Siniscalco.
Both vulnerable South dealer