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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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[King of Spades]
[Queen of Spades]
[Jack of Spades]
[8 of Spades]
[3 of Spades]
[10 of Hearts]
[6 of Hearts]
[5 of Hearts]
[Queen of Diamonds]
[Jack of Diamonds]
[8 of Diamonds]
[6 of Diamonds]
[7 of Clubs]

EAST

[10 of Spades]
[7 of Spades]
[4 of Spades]
[2 of Spades]
[Ace of Hearts]
[9 of Hearts]
[4 of Hearts]
[3 of Hearts]
[5 of Diamonds]
[4 of Diamonds]
[3 of Diamonds]
[Queen of Clubs]
[8 of Clubs]

The danger here is that declarer will be able to discard at least one heart loser on the clubs and scramble home with 10 tricks.

As partner figures to have the ace of hearts—he must have something for that double—the proper shift at trick two is the jack of hearts.

This allows the defenders to take three quick heart tricks even if declarer happens to have the 10. But the lead must be the jack. If either the king of hearts or the eight of hearts is led at trick two, declarer loses only two tricks with normal play.

Follow the defense with the lead of the jack. If dummy plays low, so does East. Now the defenders simply cash ace-king. If dummy covers with the queen. East wins the ace and returns the three. West has the king-eight behind the 10 and must come to two additional tricks.

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NORTH

[7 of Spades]
[4 of Spades]
[2 of Spades]
[Ace of Hearts]
[King of Hearts]
[Queen of Hearts]
[Jack of Hearts]
[6 of Diamonds]
[5 of Diamonds]
[4 of Diamonds]
[7 of Clubs]
[5 of Clubs]
[3 of Clubs]

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