In the replay South bid diamonds before arriving at three no trump, so Eisenberg (West) knew there was no future in leading that suit. Instead he opened a heart, and dummy's queen fell to the king. Kantar's heart return knocked out the ace and Wolff, the declarer, led a diamond for an apparent winning finesse as West ducked. The king of spades was led, and it was now Kantar's turn to duck. Next came the 10 of clubs, passed to East's jack, and East returned a low spade that allowed West's 10 to force dummy's jack. Now Wolff repeated the diamond finesse, but the earlier ducks had made a dead duck of the contract. West took the king and led a spade through dummy's queen to let East collect two spade tricks and the jack of hearts for a two-trick set and a 200-point penalty—a net of 800 for the Reinhold team on the combined result.
In the course of this 128-deal final there were several oddities. On one hand the Aces reached a grand slam in just two bids—one by each partner—and made it. With the same hand, their opponents bid and bid and bid, yet stopped at six. On another deal the Aces bid a slam lacking two aces—and went down. But in making it to the world championship for the fifth successive year, they did put on an impressive performance.
What will happen in Italy next May? The fact that the North American zone is to be represented by players including Canada will be popular with our friends abroad, who have resented the appearance of two wholly United States teams following the Aces' previous victories. It will be even more popular here if it helps to beat the revamped but still undefeated Blues and bring back the Bermuda Bowl. Should that transpire, we will be defending the bowl in 1975 in Bermuda, where the world championship started a quarter century ago. We won that first one. Maybe it is a good omen.