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Three pairs for one team
Charles Goren
November 23, 1964
This week in Dallas 18 top bridge pairs will compete for positions on the team that will represent North America in the 1965 World Championships. The Trials, as the competition is called, will last six days and will be a round robin. Each pair will play a 20-deal match against the other 17. The three pairs with the highest total scores will have made the team.
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November 23, 1964

Three Pairs For One Team

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[King of Spades]
[Queen of Spades]
[10 of Spades]
[3 of Spades]
[10 of Hearts]
[7 of Hearts]
[King of Diamonds]
[Jack of Diamonds]
[8 of Diamonds]
[4 of Diamonds]
[Ace of Clubs]
[Queen of Clubs]
[7 of Clubs]

EAST

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

Opening lead: 8 of spades

Conservative bidding landed Sheardown in a three-no-trump contract with the South hand, with slam depending on little more than a successful heart finesse. Sheardown converted this into a top score by playing for the heart king to be wrong.

East won the first trick with the spade ace and returned the suit. Sheardown cashed his good spades and diamonds and discarded all of dummy's hearts except the ace. Next he led to the heart ace. East, who realized the need to keep his four clubs, had blanked his king of hearts. When it dropped under the ace, South came back to his hand with a high club and cashed the 10 of hearts for the trick that brought his winning total to 12. Of course, whatever East played would have been of no avail. If he held a guard for the king of hearts his clubs would drop and North would make the last trick with a long club.

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