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Nowhere to go but down
Charles Goren
August 21, 1967
That is the position the experts were in when some highly artificial bidding led to confusion at the top in an international championship
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August 21, 1967

Nowhere To Go But Down

That is the position the experts were in when some highly artificial bidding led to confusion at the top in an international championship

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West opened his trump, always a good lead when partner has let a takeout double stand. Dummy won and led a spade. Kaplan played the queen and South made his king. Thereafter, declarer made two more trumps and his ace of clubs for a total of five tricks. Down three redoubled cost 1,600 points, minus the 140 our East-West pair collected for making three hearts in the other room. The loss was 16 international match points and might have been worse had Kaplan put up his ace of spades, switched to hearts and discarded his spade queen on the third heart trick. However, 16 IMPs was enough to destroy our long-shot hopes. The Kaplan team went on to win the 72-deal match by 120 IMPs and thereby gained a year's custody of the Spingold trophy.

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