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The capital moves to the Coast
Charles Goren
August 29, 1960
Los Angeles withstood a strong New York finish to win the first intercity bridge match
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August 29, 1960

The Capital Moves To The Coast

Los Angeles withstood a strong New York finish to win the first intercity bridge match

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Bold bidding by Los Angeles told the story of this slam deal. After Rubin opened with the weak two-diamond bid, Erdos used a Blackwood four no-trump bid to discover that his partner held an ace, as shown by the five-diamond response. Erdos thereupon bid six diamonds.

South won the opening spade lead and returned the heart 10. The jack, king and ace completed the trick. After considerable cogitation, Rubin played for a break in clubs, drawing the trumps and cashing the ace-king of clubs, then ruffing a third round. With the club suit established, the slam was easy.

In the other room Sheinwold passed with the West hand and Mathe opened North with two spades. Kaplan (East) doubled and Schleifer's mild pre-emptive raise to three spades could not keep Sheinwold from bidding diamonds. But Kaplan could do no more than bid five. Missing the slam cost the New Yorkers 750 points, or 7 IMPs.

Thus the bridge capital of the U.S. moves to California, if, indeed, it wasn't always there. We will know better about that after the return match in New York and the challenges from other cities. The capital may change more often than a rent jumper's address.

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