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TWO CRUCIAL BOARDS THAT HELPED ITALY TO VICTORY

May 25, 1964
May 25, 1964

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May 25, 1964

Shuffleboard Queen
Triple Crown
Howard
Bridge
Track & Field
Baseball's Week
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

TWO CRUCIAL BOARDS THAT HELPED ITALY TO VICTORY

The Italians played 624 bridge hands on the way to the championship, but two, more than any of the others, helped win them the title. One (below) was the dramatic last board in the semifinal against Great Britain, on which Britain had two chances to win the match. In the closed room, Maurice Harrison-Gray and Kenneth Konstam, sitting North-South, had a bidding misunderstanding, reached five spades and went down one trick on a bad trump split. As it developed, had they stopped at four spades, Great Britain would have won. When the hand was played again in the open room, Britain had still another chance to win.

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Italy, playing the North-South cards, bid six diamonds. Britain's Terence Reese and Boris Schapiro had done well during the final session and probably thought their team had taken the lead. Had they known that Italy was still 11 International Match Points ahead, Schapiro, sitting West, surely would have doubled. As it was, he passed and Italy's Walter Avarelli was set three tricks, 300 points. If Schapiro had doubled, the penalty would have been 800 and the bigger score would have given Great Britain 12 IMPs and victory by a single point.

Italy's second critical hand was Board 32 (right) in the final against the U.S. Italy had been well behind but had caught up when this hand was played.

In both rooms the East-West players reached the optimistic contract of six spades, played by East. The club ace was opened in each case, ruffed with dummy's ace of spades and followed by a low diamond. North ducked, and East's queen won the trick. At this point, Sam Stayman of the U.S. and Benito Garozzo of Italy chose separate paths, and Stayman's led to disaster. Sam ruffed a second club in dummy, led a heart to his hand and cashed a second heart before ruffing a third round of clubs. Unfortunately, North had started with only two clubs. He was able to discard his third heart on the club, and the slam became impossible.

Garozzo, after winning the second trick, cashed his two high hearts, then ruffed a second club and was able to cash his heart ace, discarding his losing diamond. Now he crossruffed to bring home the slam. The swing was 17 IMPs and the U.S. was never again in the lead.

West dealer North-South vulnerable

NORTH

[Queen of Spades]
[10 of Hearts]
[7 of Hearts]
[3 of Hearts]
[2 of Hearts]
[King of Diamonds]
[Jack of Diamonds]
[2 of Diamonds]
[Queen of Clubs]
[10 of Clubs]
[9 of Clubs]
[8 of Clubs]
[6 of Clubs]

WEST

[3 of Spades]
[Ace of Hearts]
[Jack of Hearts]
[9 of Hearts]
[6 of Hearts]
[5 of Hearts]
[4 of Hearts]
[10 of Diamonds]
[8 of Diamonds]
[7 of Diamonds]
[6 of Diamonds]
[Jack of Clubs]
[4 of Clubs]

SOUTH

[Ace of Spades]
[King of Spades]
[8 of Spades]
[6 of Spades]
[5 of Spades]
[4 of Spades]
[8 of Hearts]
[Ace of Diamonds]
[Queen of Diamonds]
[5 of Diamonds]
[4 of Diamonds]
[3 of Diamonds]
[Ace of Clubs]

EAST

[Jack of Spades]
[10 of Spades]
[9 of Spades]
[7 of Spades]
[2 of Spades]
[King of Hearts]
[Queen of Hearts]
[9 of Diamonds]
[King of Clubs]
[7 of Clubs]
[5 of Clubs]
[3 of Clubs]
[2 of Clubs]

West dealer Neither side vulnerable

NORTH

[8 of Spades]
[7 of Spades]
[6 of Spades]
[2 of Spades]
[10 of Hearts]
[9 of Hearts]
[6 of Hearts]
[Ace of Diamonds]
[Jack of Diamonds]
[9 of Diamonds]
[8 of Diamonds]
[Queen of Clubs]
[8 of Clubs]

WEST

[Ace of Spades]
[King of Spades]
[Queen of Spades]
[9 of Spades]
[Ace of Hearts]
[8 of Hearts]
[5 of Hearts]
[4 of Hearts]
[3 of Hearts]
[King of Diamonds]
[10 of Diamonds]
[4 of Diamonds]
[3 of Diamonds]
[— of Clubs]

SOUTH

[3 of Spades]
[Jack of Hearts]
[7 of Hearts]
[2 of Hearts]
[7 of Diamonds]
[6 of Diamonds]
[5 of Diamonds]
[Ace of Clubs]
[King of Clubs]
[7 of Clubs]
[6 of Clubs]
[5 of Clubs]
[4 of Clubs]

EAST

[Jack of Spades]
[10 of Spades]
[5 of Spades]
[4 of Spades]
[King of Hearts]
[Queen of Hearts]
[Queen of Diamonds]
[2 of Diamonds]
[Jack of Clubs]
[10 of Clubs]
[9 of Clubs]
[3 of Clubs]
[2 of Clubs]