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The Western Star - - LIFE -

This was the fi­nal board of the 1964 Olympiad semi-fi­nal match be­tween Great Bri­tain and Italy's famed Blue Team.

Great Bri­tain was be­hind 126 -115 Imps and gained 5 imps but lost the match 126 - 120 . If Kon­stam and Gray had man­aged to stop in four spades, their +620, in com­bi­na­tion with Reese and Schapiro's +300, would have been a swing of 14 Imps so Great Bri­tain would have ad­vanced to the fi­nal by a score of 129-126!

The Ital­ians went on to de­feat the US by 46 Imps in the fi­nal.

The book de­scribes some of the most mem­o­rable bridge matches of the last fifty years in world cham­pi­onship play (up to 2001) in­clud­ing amaz­ing come­backs and down to the wire fin­ishes.

This in­ter­est­ing read is avail­able for $25.95 from Vince Oddy's Bridge Books & Sup­plies, Tel: 1-800-463-9815. The con­tract fin­ished down one since East owned two trump win­ners, N-S -100.

At the other ta­ble, the Ital­ians reached six di­a­monds where de­clarer fin­ished down three af­ter the de­fense be­gan with ace and another heart, N-S 300.

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