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Victory with a smile
Charles Goren
November 28, 1960
It was a happy Los Angeles team which overcame a bad start, hung on in an exciting last hand and again downed New York to keep the bridge capital on the West Coast
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November 28, 1960

Victory With A Smile

It was a happy Los Angeles team which overcame a bad start, hung on in an exciting last hand and again downed New York to keep the bridge capital on the West Coast

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After winning the heart, South shifted to the spade 2, won by dummy's ace. A diamond lead to East's 10 was captured by South's jack and the spade 3 continued. Since declarer planned to ruff a diamond, nothing was to be gained by a finesse. He won with dummy's king, led the queen of hearts and trumped, then ruffed a low diamond in dummy. Declarer trumped another heart with fill spade 10, led to dummy's club king and ruffed another heart with the spade jack. South ruffed the next club and led a low diamond to North's king and the defenders took the rest, to put East down three for a total of 150 points.

Then the audience learned of New York's disastrous result in the closed room, where the bidding had been:

SOUTH
(Schenken)

1 [Heart]
2 [Diamond]
PASS
DBL.
PASS

WEST
( Rubin )

PASS
PASS
DBL.
PASS
PASS

NORTH
(Rapee)

1 N.T.
2 [Heart]
PASS
3 [Diamond]
PASS

EAST
(Erdos)

PASS
PASS
2 [Spade]
DBL.

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