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The last hand of the 1982 Canadian Team Championship

After 71 of 72 boards, at 3:45 a.m., the team of Alan DOANE, Gerry Callaghan, Eric Balkam, Michael Betts, John Stewart and Victor Goldberg held a 2 IMP lead over Nicholas GARTAGANIS, Vojtech Pomykalski, Zygmunt Marcinski and Gordon Crispin. This was the last board:

West
AK2
KQ32
AQ
AQ52
North
106543
65
1074
J93
East
QJ87
87
J962
K104
South
9
AJ1094
K853
876
W
N
E
S
1
P
1
1
P
P
X
P
P
P
D
1X South
NS: 0 EW: 0

 

At the other table, Goldberg-Stewart (East-West) bid these hands to 3NT, making six for +690. GARTAGANIS would win if Marcinski-Crispin were to bid the slam, which makes even on the best lead of a spade -- as long as West goes to dummy three times to lead red cards through South -- one dummy entry would have to be a finesse of the 10 -- obviously a very unlikely result.

But the bidding unfolded as shown in the diagram, and while I don't have the play record, Callaghan only took four tricks, for -800 and GARTAGANIS won the Canadian championship by a single IMP.

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