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This pass leads not to Rome
Charles Goren
October 05, 1959
Almost any quiz kid, asked about a pass that changed the course of history, would answer: the pass of Thermopylae where a handful of Spartans held off the Persian horde, or perhaps the 50-yard pass that Brick Muller threw to Brodie Stephens for a touchdown in the 1921 Tournament of Roses game. But an ex-quiz kid, Richard Freeman of Washington, is more apt to think of his last pass in the very last deal of the final match against Oswald Jacoby and Ira Rubin in the Masters Knockout Team championship, played this summer in Chicago.
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October 05, 1959

This Pass Leads Not To Rome

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PASS
PASS
PASS

SOUTH
( Rubin)

2 [Spade]
4 [Spade]

East opened the club 4, won by Jacoby's ace. Declarer had to lose two hearts and a diamond and eventually lost three trump tricks as well. But the 300-point set brought no joy to Freeman's teammates who had hurried downstairs to watch this last board.

Upstairs, when Freeman's teammates held the North-South hands, aggressive bids by Vic Mitchell, West, and Morton Rubinow, East, for the Oswald Jacoby-Sam Stayman group had been parlayed with a defensive error to bring a big score.

WEST
( Mitchell)

PASS
3 NO TRUMP
PASS

NORTH
(Andy Gabrilovitch)

1 [Spade]
DOUBLE

EAST
(Rubinow)

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