SI Vault
 
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.
Decrease font Decrease font
Enlarge font Enlarge font
December 24, 1979

Your Chance To Be A Champ

View CoverRead All Articles View This Issue
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25

1 [Spade]
PASS
PASS
PASS
PASS

SOUTH

DBL
3 [Spade]
4 [Heart]
6 [Heart]

WEST

PASS
PASS
PASS
PASS

Opening lead: Three of spades.

You try the ten from dummy and ruff East's jack. You play four rounds of trumps, West following, while East discards two spades. From dummy, you discard a club and three spades. At trick six, you lead the nine of clubs. West follows with the king. Plan the play.

6

NORTH

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

Continue Story
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25