Bridge Puzzle

16.12.2018

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 30 June, 2015, 3:20pm
UPDATED : Monday, 17 December, 2018, 12:53am

The nature of the game is such that different players frequently react differently when faced with the same circumstances. For a dramatic illustration, consider this deal from the 1975 world team championship.
At one table, in the France-US match, the French South started the proceedings by bidding five diamonds. West doubled, everybody passed, and West led the king of clubs. Declarer ducked, and West shifted to a trump. East took the ace and could have defeated the contract two tricks by returning a trump. Instead he returned a heart, and the French declarer went down only one for a loss of 100 points.
At the other table in the same match, the US South opened with four diamonds. West doubled, East bid four spades, and everybody passed.
This contract went down one, so theUS team gained 150 points on the combined result.
In the Indonesia-Italy match, the Indonesian South opened with three diamonds at the first table. West doubled, and the Italian East jumped to four spades. North doubled, and the contract went down one.
At the second table in that match, the Italian South, Giorgio Belladonna, playing with Benito Garozzo, opened with one diamond. West doubled, and the Indonesian East responded two notrump. When West bid three clubs, East bid three notrump, which North doubled.
South led the king of diamonds, initiating the slaughter that ensued.
East took the ace and led the jack of spades. When Belladonna showed out, declarer went up with the ace and led a low heart towards his hand.
Garozzo rose with the ace and returned the eight of diamonds, on which Belladonna played the deuce! This gave Garozzo the opportunity to cash the king of spades, which he did before leading a club to Belladonna’s ace. As a result, declarer went down six — 1,100 points in those days — to give the Italian team a net gain of 1,000 points on the deal.

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