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Mitchell huddled long before deciding to gamble it out at three no trump. His opponents had played very well against him, and he figured, correctly, that his team might need a big swing.
A heart opening would have set the contract but North led the spade seven. South's queen fell to West's king, and a diamond was returned. When North played the queen, Mitchell let it hold—a good play.
North shifted to a low heart. West took his ace, led another diamond and successfully finessed dummy's jack. Four good diamonds were cashed. With perfect defense, the contract might still have been set. But when dummy's queen of clubs was led, South covered with the king and North's ace could not be withheld. Making four-odd produced a score of 950 points. The net gain of 650 was worth 6 IMPs, and the championship was won by only 2 IMPs.
Obviously, Freeman's pass wasn't the blow that lost the match—but a double would have won it. However, the youngster may still be seen in action abroad if he and his partner are chosen by a committee of the American Contract Bridge League, whose vote will select two of the four teams that will represent the United States in Europe next spring.