BRIDGE

Business Day - - THE BOTTOM LINE - Steve Becker

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

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