"The 10th world bridge championship in Buenos Aires was barely finished before the usual debates over the relative merits of bidding systems began. To this observer, the point is clear: systems had little to do with the outcome. As always, the team guilty of the fewest errors—in this case the Italians—won.
If systems played a part at all, they probably had an adverse effect on their users. The French masters, Pierre Ghestem and Ren� Bacherich, again employed their highly artificial methods, but this style of play seems to have ceased to mesmerize the opposition. Time after time, bids left their wielders more confused than the enemy. No such misfortune befell the natural-bidding Italians and Americans. Here is a hand, played on the 104th deal in the match between the U.S. and Italy, in which the U.S. made a good Italian score better.
This was the bidding the first time the deal was played: