queen of hearts
If it seems odd
that Harmon bid a grand slam in a broken suit which his partner had never
raised, the answer lies in the highly artificial four-diamond bid, called the
Ingberman Fragment, which was to prove a fragmentation bomb to our title hopes.
Rarely seen, it works like this. A double jump in a new suit (it must be the
third suit bid) confirms four-card support for partner's suit, announces
strength although not necessarily four-card length in the third suit, and
positively guarantees no more than a singleton in the fourth suit.
Harmon had no
difficulty making all 13 tricks, trumping two hearts in dummy and discarding
his remaining low heart on dummy's queen of clubs.
This was by no
means the only crucial hand of the match, but it was more than enough to
account for our first defeat—by 6 International Match Points—and throw the
Spingold into a three-way tie among teams that had all lost once. The third
team was led by G. Robert Nail.
round-robin playoff at the end of so much competition is a fearsome strain. One
had only to look at the unbuttoned shirt collars, the rolled-up sleeves, the
full ashtrays and empty stares of the competitors to appreciate this. Any
player who had taken part in every previous session of the championship had
already played the awesome total of 636 deals. Now there were 72 more to go.
And I was on the sidelines as a result of my rib fracture.
again, perhaps any of two dozen hands or more that might have changed the final
result, but the most dramatic was another disastrous grand slam, again against
the Kantar team. This time our team bid it and was set.
[7 of Spades]
[Ace of Hearts]
[King of Hearts]
[Jack of Hearts]
[8 of Hearts]
[2 of Hearts]
[Ace of Diamonds]
[King of Diamonds]
[Queen of Diamonds]
[7 of Diamonds]
[5 of Diamonds]
[Ace of Clubs]
[4 of Clubs]
[Queen of Spades]
[Jack of Spades]
[10 of Spades]
[8 of Spades]
[6 of Hearts]
[Jack of Diamonds]
[3 of Diamonds]
[10 of Clubs]
[8 of Clubs]
[6 of Clubs]
[5 of Clubs]
[2 of Clubs]