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ACBL Bridge Beat #33: 1955 Hand of the Year

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Bridge writers usually write about hands with slams or intricate plays, but in 1955 the most innocuous and worthless ever seen was the talk of the town. Take a look:

West East
♠ 6 5 3 ♠ K Q 9 4
7 6 3 K 8
7 6 5 4 3 2 10 8
♣ 6 ♣ Q J 10 4 2

13 players held the West hand in a Wednesday afternoon session at the 1955 Winter Nationals. Imagine their surprise when this little gem took the only defensive trick against 4.

The singleton club was led, and before declarer, South could set up the proper play of the hand, West ruffed a club.

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March 19, 2012 at 10:18 am

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  1. This hand shows to power and the whims of the Distribution God. Lyle Elmgren

    Lyle Elmgren

    March 19, 2012 at 10:25 am

  2. Hard to say for sure without knowing the auction, but the club lead seems automatic to me.

    Bob Bleil

    March 19, 2012 at 2:21 pm


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