When the Dallas Aces go to Stockholm next month to challenge for the Bermuda Bowl, they will encounter the team that was America's nemesis in the world championship in Rio last year. Nationalist China, which finished second to Italy's Blue Team in Rio—keeping our team out of the finals for the first time since the beginning of Bermuda Bowl competition in 1950—also won the 1969 Far Eastern Championship by a wide margin. The Chinese scored 118 victory points to 101 for the runner-up, Hong Kong.
The victorious Chinese team included Patrick Huang and M. F. Tai, using the Precision System they employed so successfully in Rio; K. J. Cheng and C. H. Hsioa, who did not play Precision but may adopt it for Stockholm; and V. C. Chow-C. H. Lee, who will have to be replaced with another pair because, as officers of the Nationalist Chinese Air Force, their presence in Taiwan cannot be spared.
The inventor of the Precision System is C.C. Wei, who was the nonplaying captain of the team in Rio. Wei and his wife Kathy, who rules the off-hours conduct of her team with ironhanded but feminine charm, do not claim to be bridge players of world class. But the discipline imposed by Mme. Wei away from the table, and by her husband's Precision System at the table, had much to do with China's stunning success in Brazil. The system, as played by Huang-Tai, was again a big factor in the Far Eastern Championship, as witness this deal from their match against fourth-place Indonesia.
When the hand was first played with Indonesia holding the North-South cards, South uneventfully reached a three-no-trump contract and, after a heart opening, made 10 top tricks for +430. But with Huang as South and Tai sitting North, the Precision System took them through seven rounds of bidding before they ended up in a precise contract of six diamonds: