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One ace to trump in Taiwan
Charles Goren
May 10, 1971
For the first time in the history of the event, there are six teams representing five international zones competing for the Bermuda Bowl, symbol of the World Team Championship now getting under way in Taiwan. Also for the first time, two of these teams are ours, making North America the favorite to retain the bowl that the Dallas Aces captured last year in Stockholm after a 16-year American victory drought.
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May 10, 1971

One Ace To Trump In Taiwan

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[— of Spades]
[8 of Hearts]
[5 of Hearts]
[Ace of Diamonds]
[10 of Diamonds]
[4 of Diamonds]
[8 of Clubs]
[4 of Clubs]
[2 of Clubs]

WEST

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

SOUTH

[Queen of Spades]
[7 of Spades]
[6 of Spades]
[5 of Spades]
[— of Hearts]
[Jack of Diamonds]
[5 of Diamonds]
[King of Clubs]
[Jack of Clubs]

EAST

[9 of Spades]
[— of Hearts]
[Queen of Diamonds]
[8 of Diamonds]
[6 of Diamonds]
[3 of Diamonds]
[2 of Diamonds]
[10 of Clubs]
[6 of Clubs]

A club lead would solve South's problems and let him make five odd when the clubs split and gave him a parking place for his losing diamond. A heart return, which would be ruffed by South, would enable declarer to cash the club king and lead the jack to establish dummy's fourth club for a diamond discard. And finally a low diamond return would be ducked to East's queen as South dumped the jack, unblocking for a later diamond finesse that would succeed even if South did not bother to play a winning squeeze.

But the commentators had no sooner completed this analysis, deciding that Jordan was sure to make the hand, when Seres made a stunning lead, the king of diamonds. Now it did not matter what declarer did, he could not make the contract. If he won and took the club finesse, he would go down one, losing two spades, a diamond and a club. If declarer won and returned a diamond toward his jack instead, East would put up the queen and return a club through declarer's K-J, also for down one. Finally, if declarer refused to win the ace of diamonds, a second diamond lead would produce the same result. And that is the kind of play that can turn the tables in a world championship.

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