The U.S. bridge team, now in Buenos Aires for the 1961 world championship, may be the last all-veteran combination to represent us in international competition—even if it wins. Though formidable, the lineup of Sidney Silodor, Norman Kay (only player under 40), Howard Schenken, Peter Leventritt, John Gerber and Paul Hodge is not young. And the results of the Vanderbilt team event in the Spring National Championships at Denver last month strongly hinted that youth is about to be served. Only one veteran team (mine, with Schenken and Leventritt) got as far as the semifinals of that highly prized event. All three of the teams in the round-robin final presented youthful lineups.
The oldest player on the team that won is its 33-year-old captain, Robert Jordan: The youngest, 24, is his partner and fellow Philadelphian, Arthur Robinson. Together with Eric Murray of Toronto and Charles Coon of Boston they performed the iron-man stunt of fielding only a four-man team. But they had their off moments, and here is one of them.
This was the 12th deal of the final match between Jordan's team and the Californians, captained by Eddie Kantar, that took the runner-up spot by defeating the third finalist, another all-California squad, captained by Mike Shuman.
When the winning team held the East-West cards, the kibitzers witnessed the unusual spectacle of a proper sacrifice bid by a vulnerable side.