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ou have been leading the World Pairs

Championship for a long time, and the

finishing post is in sight. Your opponents are

about to concede a penalty of 500 on a part-score

deal. What can possibly deprive you of the coveted

title?

Only your system.

likely to reach their best spot if left alone. These days

many players would enter the auction immediately

with the East cards, perhaps using Landy to show

the majors. But Berkowitz, who actually held those

cards, preferred to bide his time and passed. The

auction continued:

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Game All. Dealer North.

´ Q 6 5

™ K Q 10 2

t Q J 4 2

® A J

´ 9 7 ´ A K 10 8 3

™ J 6 ™ 9 8 7 3

t A K 6 3 t 10 8 7 5

® K 10 8 3 2 ® -

´ J 4 2

™ A 5 4

t 9

® Q 9 7 6 5 4

N

W E

S

This was the first board of the final round of the

World Pairs Championship in Lille, 1998. Larry

Cohen and David Berkowitz from the United States

had not been out of first place for a considerable

period, but their once substantial lead over Michal

Kwiecien and Jacek Pszczola of Poland had

dwindled to about a quarter of a top. Pairs from

Sweden and the Netherlands lurked not far behind,

and could win the whole thing if both the top pairs

faltered. Cohen and Berkowitz were up against

Martens and Szymanowski, another crack Polish

pair, and the bidding began with a strong no trump

from Martens with the North cards.

Cohen, author of the classic To Bid or Not to Bid

that introduced the Law of Total Tricks, is a great

believer in disrupting the auction when the enemy

start with 1NT. You can understand why - most

pairs have very good methods after this start and are

West North East South

Cohen Martens Berkowitz Szymanowski

1NT Pass 2´1

Pass 2NT2 Pass 3®3

Pass Pass Dble

1 Clubs or a range ask; 2 Minimum;

3 Clubs, to play

West North East South

Cohen Martens Berkowitz Szymanowski

1NT Pass 2´

Pass 2NT Pass 3®

Pass Pass Dble Redble

3t Dble All Pass

When South revealed a weakish hand with clubs

Berkowitz was able to get all three of his suits into

the game with a take-out double. Of course, Cohen

was not going to take it out, and Szymanowski was

about to go two down doubled and vulnerable for a

near-top to the Americans. But a funny thing

happened on the way to the title…

South redoubled because he had a pretty good

hand for his 'weak' takeout and he was anxious to

punish the opponents if they happened to have

chosen the wrong moment to act. Still, you may

think, this just meant he was about to go for 1000

rather than 500 and the Americans would score a

complete top instead of having to share one (3®

doubled down two was the final contract at no

fewer than eight tables after an auction similar to

this one).

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