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YOUR CHANCE TO BE A CHAMP
Edwin B. Kantar
December 24, 1979
If you've ever wondered what it's like to play bridge in a world championship, take a seat at the table. The eight hands shown here were drawn from the Bermuda Bowl, which was held in Rio de Janeiro last October. The writer was a member of the six-man U.S. team that competed against five other nations in a 480-deal round robin, then edged Italy in the final. The winning margin was a mere five International Match Points, narrowest in the Bowl's 29-year history, so it's clear that every decision was important. And each of yours will be, too. For every hand you "play" correctly, you will receive 50 points. When you're finished turn the page to see how you did.
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December 24, 1979

Your Chance To Be A Champ

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

No orthodox line of play works with this hand, but to get your 50 points even while going down you must duck the king of clubs. If West continues with a spade, discard a small club from dummy and ruff in your hand. Next, lead a club to the ace, hoping to drop a doubleton queen in the East hand. If the queen does not drop, lead the jack of diamonds from dummy and hope East has Kxx, in which case you still make your slam.

Ducking the club is necessary in case West started with Kxx and East Qx. Once West turns up with the king of clubs, East must have the king of diamonds, which means you should keep all three diamonds in dummy in case East has the king-nine doubleton. Then when you lead the jack, East covers, but the eight sets up when the nine falls under the queen.

On the actual hand the only winning play is to lead a low diamond from dummy, finesse the queen and then play the ace, dropping the doubleton king. An unlikely line of play.

The Italian, Arturo Franco, went down one in six hearts when he won the king of clubs—a clear error—and then led the jack of diamonds, eventually losing a diamond and a club. (East, Eisenberg, naturally covered the jack of diamonds. Otherwise this quiz would be written with tears.)

At the other table, Soloway-Goldman, East-West for the U.S., stopped at a peaceful four hearts, making five. 13 IMPs for the U.S.

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NORTH

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

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