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Sing no sad songs for the Blues
Charles Goren
June 11, 1973
On a balmy Brazilian isle Italy's world-championship entry, which included three members of the fabled Blue Team, once again breezed to the title, leaving the hopes of the U.S.—and the rest of the world—at sea
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June 11, 1973

Sing No Sad Songs For The Blues

On a balmy Brazilian isle Italy's world-championship entry, which included three members of the fabled Blue Team, once again breezed to the title, leaving the hopes of the U.S.—and the rest of the world—at sea

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1 [Spade]
PASS

WEST
(Belladonna)

PASS
PASS

NORTH
(Goldman)

2 [Spade]

Opening lead: 10 of hearts

Playing at the same two-spade contract in the closed room, Forquet was set one trick when the Aces collected two spades, two hearts and two diamonds for +100. Thus spectators watching on Vu-Graph expected the same result when Belladonna and Garozzo defended against Lawrence. But Belladonna surprised them by revoking while trying to create an illusion that he hoped would produce a two-trick set.

Lawrence won the first trick with the ace of hearts, successfully finessed dummy's queen of clubs and lost a spade finesse to Belladonna who, instead of continuing hearts and thus helping declarer toward a fourth-round heart ruff in dummy, led the king of clubs. On winning with dummy's club ace, Lawrence led a diamond to his king. Belladonna won with the ace and returned the jack of clubs. South ruffed and led a heart, playing low from dummy in hopes that East's king would fall on air. Garozzo won and cashed the king of hearts, on which Belladonna threw the 5 of diamonds. Next came the queen of diamonds and Belladonna dropped the jack. He hoped that Lawrence would ruff the next diamond high and somehow lose two more trump tricks, instead of just one.

The deception worked, all right. Lawrence did trump high on the next diamond, but Belladonna, who by now had fooled even himself, overruffed with the king! Garozzo screamed, "No diamonds?" But before the words were out Belladonna had his next lead on the table, and the revoke was established. Lawrence finished down one, but the penalty for the revoke gave him his contract and the Aces five IMPs, just enough to swing the match.

There was no uncertainty about the Aces' 17-3 victory over Italy in their third round-robin meeting and, for the first time since they had begun their winning ways, the Italians failed to finish the qualifying round in the top spot, relinquishing that honor to the Aces.

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