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A bland bid brings a spicy score
Charles Goren
July 27, 1970
Since many who write about the game nowadays spend a great part of their bridge lives at tournaments, it is probably entirely natural that they should write mostly about some form of duplicate. But the fact remains that fewer than 1% of the estimated 40 million Americans who play bridge have ever taken part in a duplicate game. The rest play some form of rubber bridge or are what I call "napkin players"; they like to work out published hands by playing them in writing rather than actually sitting at a table.
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July 27, 1970

A Bland Bid Brings A Spicy Score

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SOUTH

[— of Spades]
[Ace of Hearts]
[Queen of Hearts]
[9 of Hearts]
[7 of Hearts]
[— of Diamonds]
[— of Clubs]

EAST

[Ace of Spades]
[King of Hearts]
[Jack of Hearts]
[10 of Hearts]
[— of Diamonds]
[— of Clubs]

East could not part with the ace of spades, and when he threw his 10 of hearts, a successful heart finesse gave South the rest of the tricks for a grand slam. So Bland and partner collected 2,750 points, including the 700 awarded for winning the rubber. Of course, they were always entitled to 800 (700 for the rubber plus 100 for game), but the difference of 1,950 points—whether at 15� or two buttons—is what makes rubber bridge still the most popular form of the game.

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