This deal occurred during the fourth-quarter surge that helped the US overtake Poland to win the 1994 world team championship.
The Americans trailed by a narrow margin when the deal arose, but a Polish pair, consistent with the team's aggressive style, pushed their luck and suffered a heavy loss.
At the first table, the bidding went as shown. Poland's Adam Zmudzinski opened the West hand with one heart and played it right there, making eight tricks, after Lew Stansby of the U.S. elected not to act over one heart with the balanced 13point North hand.
At the second table, however, the bidding was markedly different:
Here Poland's Piotr Gawrys chose to double one heart, inducing his partner, Krzysztof Lasocki, to make two bids with the South hand. When Gawrys eventually took a preference to three diamonds, East, Roger Bates, applied the axe.
West, Michael Rosenberg, started with the K-A of hearts — East discarding a club — and then led the jack, ruffed by Bates. Rosenberg won Bates' queen-of-spades shift with the ace and returned the heart five.
Lasocki would have done better to discard from dummy, but when he ruffed with the jack, Bates overruffed with the queen, which was overruffed by the ace.
Declarer next led a club to the ace and finessed the jack on the way back, losing to the queen. Rosenberg returned a club for Bates to ruff for the defence's sixth trick, and Bates had another trump trick coming for down three — 800 points.
The net score of 690 points gave the Americans a 12-IMP pickup and a lead they never relinquished. . Next Hand — South dealer Both sides vulnerable