The se­cond half of the deal’s story

The Star Democrat - - COMICS & PUZZLES - 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.

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