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The general sits north
Charles Goren
September 18, 1961
When General Alfred M. Gruenther first gained prominence as General Eisenhower's chief of staff in World War II, he already had an international reputation as a contract bridge personality. During the '30s, for example, when he was only a lieutenant, he was the referee of the Sidney Lenz-Eli Culbertson "Battle of the Century," which was reported on the front pages of American newspapers for weeks. I suppose it was to be expected, therefore, that when he finished second recently in the Charity Pairs, the opening event at the American Contract Bridge League's summer national championships in Washington, he was featured in newspaper headlines over the winners, Louis Kelner of New York and Robert Freedman of Buffalo; Even his partner, Charles Solomon of Philadelphia, got obscure billing.
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September 18, 1961

The General Sits North

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When General Alfred M. Gruenther first gained prominence as General Eisenhower's chief of staff in World War II, he already had an international reputation as a contract bridge personality. During the '30s, for example, when he was only a lieutenant, he was the referee of the Sidney Lenz-Eli Culbertson "Battle of the Century," which was reported on the front pages of American newspapers for weeks. I suppose it was to be expected, therefore, that when he finished second recently in the Charity Pairs, the opening event at the American Contract Bridge League's summer national championships in Washington, he was featured in newspaper headlines over the winners, Louis Kelner of New York and Robert Freedman of Buffalo; Even his partner, Charles Solomon of Philadelphia, got obscure billing.

Gruenther, of course, is an excellent player, both vigorous and cautious, as you can see from this hand that he played with Solomon:

Both sides vulnerable South dealer

NORTH

[10 of Spades]
[9 of Spades]
[8 of Spades]
[4 of Spades]
[3 of Spades]
[5 of Hearts]
[Ace of Diamonds]
[Queen of Diamonds]
[Jack of Diamonds]
[6 of Diamonds]
[Ace of Clubs]
[King of Clubs]
[Queen of Clubs]

WEST

[Queen of Spades]
[6 of Spades]
[5 of Spades]
[9 of Hearts]
[8 of Hearts]
[4 of Hearts]
[2 of Hearts]
[7 of Diamonds]
[3 of Diamonds]
[Jack of Clubs]
[8 of Clubs]
[5 of Clubs]
[3 of Clubs]

SOUTH

[Ace of Spades]
[King of Spades]
[7 of Spades]
[2 of Spades]
[King of Hearts]
[Jack of Hearts]
[6 of Hearts]
[3 of Hearts]
[King of Diamonds]
[10 of Diamonds]
[9 of Diamonds]
[2 of Diamonds]
[10 of Clubs]

EAST

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