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THE HAND THAT LED TO VANDERBILT'S 1932 CUP VICTORY
George Plimpton
November 05, 1956
The bidding at both tables began, as shown at right, with South dealer and neither side vulnerable. When Vanderbilt sat East he bid four diamonds, not three spades as Huske had. Unless Von Zedtwitz had four spades, the immediate necessity of having to ruff hearts would almost surely wreck any game contract in spades—as it actually did. Vanderbilt knew, after his double of one heart which presumably indicated strength in spades, that his partner would not hesitate to bid a four-card spade suit even if it was headed only by the 10. Von Zedtwitz's bid of five diamonds ended the auction.
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November 05, 1956

The Hand That Led To Vanderbilt's 1932 Cup Victory

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The bidding at both tables began, as shown at right, with South dealer and neither side vulnerable. When Vanderbilt sat East he bid four diamonds, not three spades as Huske had. Unless Von Zedtwitz had four spades, the immediate necessity of having to ruff hearts would almost surely wreck any game contract in spades—as it actually did. Vanderbilt knew, after his double of one heart which presumably indicated strength in spades, that his partner would not hesitate to bid a four-card spade suit even if it was headed only by the 10. Von Zedtwitz's bid of five diamonds ended the auction.

Fry led the king of hearts, followed by the nine of spades, which his partner, Watson, won with the ace after the jack was played from dummy. Watson returned a heart, which was trumped in dummy. Von Zedtwitz led the ace of clubs, ruffed a small club, a second heart and a second small club, drew three rounds of trumps, and won the three remaining tricks with dummy's spade and club kings and small club. A trump lead at trick one or two, or holding up the ace of spades on the first lead of that suit would have defeated the contract.

NORTH

[Queen of Spades]
[9 of Spades]
[3 of Spades]
[Ace of Hearts]
[King of Hearts]
[Queen of Hearts]
[2 of Hearts]
[Queen of Clubs]
[9 of Clubs]
[2 of Clubs]
[10 of Diamonds]
[9 of Diamonds]
[6 of Diamonds]

WEST

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

SOUTH

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

EAST

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

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