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cash out that suit - and in the process, Kranyak

would show up with tA-K. That would mean

Demuy really had to have the ´A for his secondround

double, and Hampson would make the

contract.

Of course, that need not be a tragedy - 2NT

doubled making exactly is an unusual way to score a

vulnerable 690, but East-West could score almost

that in more orthodox contracts such as 4™ or 5®.

(In fact, at the other table North-South had done

pretty well to buy the hand in 4´ doubled, losing

only 300 in lieu of a vulnerable game.)

But Demuy didn't lead a diamond, putting his

faith in his own suit. When ´3 appeared on the

table, shortly followed by Greco's dummy, Hamp son

went into a lengthy trance. Well he might,

because the possible swings on the board had now

become considerable. If he played the king and that

held the trick, he would make 2NT doubled with

four overtricks. This has not happened very often in

the history of bridge, and even some of the expert

commentators did not have the score at their

fingertips, but a brief calculation produced the

answer 1490. If on the other hand Hampson played

the king and that didn't hold the trick, he would lose

five spades and however many diamonds the enemy

could cash. Four down doubled and five down

doubled vulnerable are, alas, the more familiar

numbers 1100 and 1400 respectively.

If Hampson played low and that drew the ace, he

would be at the mercy of the diamond break. But if

he played low and that drew the queen, he would be

down whatever he did, and might kick himself for

several weeks for not playing the king.

The minutes ticked by, and still Hampson did not

move. Finally, with a gesture of resignation he called

for dummy's low spade. Kranyak won his queen, the

defenders cashed their six tricks, and Fireman could

breathe again. r

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