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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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Therefore you must assume declarer has a singleton heart and return a club before declarer knows that hearts are not breaking.

If you return a club, declarer has to decide at once whether it is better to run your club lead to the jack, playing you for the king, or rise with the ace and gamble the hearts are good. He might go wrong.

However, if you either duck the heart or win the heart and return a diamond, declarer will win the diamond return, test the hearts discarding a diamond and a club and eventually lead the jack of clubs from dummy. Now you are a goner. Cover or not. with partner's doubleton 10, declarer loses no club tricks.

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NORTH

[Jack of Spades]
[10 of Spades]
[8 of Spades]
[10 of Hearts]
[9 of Hearts]
[3 of Hearts]
[Jack of Diamonds]
[9 of Diamonds]
[4 of Diamonds]
[2 of Diamonds]
[Ace of Clubs]
[9 of Clubs]
[4 of Clubs]

WEST

[King of Spades]
[Queen of Spades]
[7 of Spades]
[6 of Spades]
[4 of Spades]
[3 of Spades]
[8 of Hearts]
[6 of Hearts]
[Ace of Diamonds]
[10 of Diamonds]
[7 of Diamonds]
[7 of Clubs]
[2 of Clubs]

SOUTH

[Ace of Spades]
[Ace of Hearts]
[King of Hearts]
[Queen of Hearts]
[4 of Hearts]
[King of Diamonds]
[8 of Diamonds]
[King of Clubs]
[Jack of Clubs]
[10 of Clubs]
[8 of Clubs]
[5 of Clubs]
[3 of Clubs]

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