From Swe­den nearly 36 years ago

Sherbrooke Record - - CLASSIFIED - By Phillip Alder

In 1994, Bob Ham­man wrote his au­to­bi­og­ra­phy with Brent Manley. Called “At the Ta­ble” (DBM Pub­li­ca­tions), it con­tains sev­eral deals from the 176-board fi­nal of the 1983 Ber­muda Bowl world team cham­pi­onship in Stock­holm. I was there, and it was one of the most ex­cit­ing matches ever. A large au­di­ence watched the ac­tion on a screen, with a team of com­men­ta­tors led by Edgar Ka­plan. Most spec­ta­tors sup­ported Italy, rep­re­sented by Gior­gio Bel­ladonna-ben­ito Garozzo, Dano De Falco-ar­turo Franco and Lorenzo Lau­ri­acarlo Mosca. The Amer­i­can team was Michael Becker-ron­nie Ru­bin, Bob Ham­man-bobby Wolff and Alan Son­tag-peter We­ich­sel.

This was Board 66. First, let’s look at the Open Room. East’s open­ing bid was lim­ited to 16 points, hence West’s ag­gres­sive bid­ding. South’s two-notrump ad­vance was for take­out and suggested lim­ited val­ues. How­ever, if Franco (South) had passed out three no-trump, that con­tract would have made eas­ily. Still, he played five clubs beau­ti­fully — how?

Franco won the spade lead in his hand and ducked a di­a­mond to East’s jack. De­clarer won the next trick with dummy’s spade ace, ruffed a di­a­mond, played a club to the ace, ruffed an­other di­a­mond (bring­ing down the ace), cashed his heart king, crossed to the heart ace, dis­carded a heart on the di­a­mond king and, with three trumps and one heart in each hand, ex­ited with a trump to West’s queen. West had to re­turn a spade or a di­a­mond, per­mit­ting Franco to ruff on the board and sluff his last heart, or vice versa. Italy plus 600.

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