Details for bridge 1-11-2019


The second half
of the deal’s
By Phillip Alder

Yesterday, we looked at how
Arturo Franco from Italy made
five clubs on this deal, Board
66 of 176 in the final of the
1983 Bermuda Bowl world team
championship in Stockholm.
(Franco was a great player who
gave up world championships soon
after this because he refused to
fly anywhere.)
In the given auction, Bob
Hamman reached a tenuous four-heart contract on a 4-3 fit. But if you
ever want someone to declare in a tricky contract like this, Hamman is
an excellent choice.
Hamman won the first trick with his spade king and played a heart
to the nine. Giorgio Belladonna (East) falsecarded with the queen, then
returned a spade to dummy’s ace.
Declarer cashed the heart ace and played a heart to his king, hoping
for a 3-3 split. Then, he would have given up a club and made his
contract. But when Benito Garozzo (West) showed out, Hamman was in
big trouble. If he had run the club 10 to East’s king, Belladonna would
have drawn Hamman’s last trump, and the defenders could have taken
a lot of tricks in spades and diamonds for down five or six!
However, what else could Hamman do? He led the club 10, and
Garozzo covered with the queen! Dummy’s ace also collected the king,
and suddenly there was a light at the end of the tunnel. Hamman led
out the clubs and lost only two hearts and one diamond.
Plus 620 gave the United States 1 international match point when it
looked like 15 imps to Italy.
Tomorrow: the last deal of the match.
© 2019 UFS, Dist. by Andrews McMeel for UFS


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