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period of speculation as to whether 2´ would make

- if it did, Poland were in the Bermuda Bowl final

while if it didn't England would survive.

East cashed a club and switched to a diamond to

the king and ace. North led ´9 and ducked when

East played ´Q. East played another diamond.

North played another spade. East played the eight.

North started to think.

When this particular North starts to think,

knowledgeable spectators go and put the kettle on.

Often there is also time to cut the crusts off the

cucumber sandwiches, spread the jam on the scones

and scoff the lot before he plays a card. But no one

was moving from their seats or their screens this

time - the commentators had just about caught up

with the fact that if North ducked this trick he

would lose two spades, two aces and two red-suit

ruffs for down one, while if he didn't he wouldn't.

With spades 3-3 he could in fact afford to play ace

and another trump for an overtrick, but he was

never going to do that - if in the fullness of time he

called for ´A he would revert to diamonds and

settle for eight tricks. Nothing happened for a very

long time. Then North stirred. 'Ace,' he said.

Your opponents make two spades. How much of

a disaster can that be? r

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