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A BOWL OF GOOD CHEER
Edwin B. Kantar
December 19, 1977
If you have ever wondered what it is like to play in a world championship, you are about to find out. The 10 hands shown here were taken from the 1977 Bermuda Bowl, which was played in Manila and won by a U.S. team that included the author. Only a few changes have been made for the convenience of the reader. The hands are difficult, but this has been taken into account in the awarding of points. Score from 170-130 and you should have been in the championships. From 125-100, maybe you will next year. From 95-80, perhaps in a few years. From 75-40, the next decade. Fewer than that, why not take up gin rummy? For answers see page 116.
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December 19, 1977

A Bowl Of Good Cheer

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To give yourself the best possible chance, cash the ace and king of hearts and hope the queen drops. If that doesn't happen, play off the ace-king-queen of clubs, discarding a heart from the table and hope—and pray—that the jack drops. If that doesn't happen, run the diamonds. On the last diamond this will be the position:

NORTH

[Ace of Spades]
[4 of Spades]
[10 of Hearts]
[7 of Diamonds]
[— of Clubs]

WEST

[Queen of Spades]
[9 of Spades]
[Queen of Hearts]
[— of Diamonds]
[Jack of Clubs]

SOUTH

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

EAST

[7 of Spades]
[6 of Spades]
[5 of Spades]
[3 of Spades]
[— of Hearts]
[— of Diamonds]
[— of Clubs]

East discards a spade, you throw a club as does West and there you are with the other declarers in the World Championship. You play the ace of spades and see West's nine. What do you do? The percentage play is to finesse because West started with no more than four spades and perhaps only three. As the rule is to play the man with length for the missing card, the finesse should be taken. As a result of all this genius reasoning nobody made 7NT. Take full credit for simply cashing your suits in the right order. In fact if you didn't go down two you misplayed the hand!

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