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The girls bid it right
Charles Goren
November 03, 1969
The death of Helen Sobel Smith leaves no clear-cut heiress to the title of best American woman player. Edith Kemp, Margaret Wagar and a few others who were more or less Helen's contemporaries would win some votes from the Establishment. Mary Jane Farell currently leads the ladies in the department of master points, and she will soon attain the remarkable 10,000 level, which was first reached by Oswald Jacoby. But Mrs. Farell is closely pressed and may soon be passed by Hermine Baron.
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November 03, 1969

The Girls Bid It Right

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EAST

[Queen of Hearts]
[Jack of Hearts]
[2 of Hearts]
[Jack of Diamonds]
[9 of Diamonds]

Declarer had reached the moment of truth. She had to guess which card—the king of spades or the diamond ace—would force East to make a fatal discard. Unfortunately, she chose to cash the diamond first. When the king of spades was next cashed, East was able to discard a heart and two tricks had to be lost. But see what happens if South elects to first cash the spade king, discarding dummy's diamond 7. If East discards a heart, declarer simply surrenders a heart trick, holding the ace of diamonds as reentry. If East discards the diamond instead, declarer cashes the ace of diamonds, plays a heart and ducks it to East, who must surrender the last two tricks by leading a heart into dummy's king-9. Instead of losing 11 IMPs, the girls would have gained 10 and won the match.

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