The Salina Journal Entertainment Sunday, January 12,1986 Page 3 Opponents' bidding provided edge for grand slam By ALFRED SHEINWOLD Los Angeles Times The United States bridge team won the 1985 world championship last November, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, defeating Austria decisively in the final matoh by 339 to 324 international match points. The winners were Chip Martel, Lew Stansby, Peter Pender and Hugh Ross, NORTH + A7 VAK107654 OK5 4106 WEST • 642 0J97643 4532 EAST • 98 VQ983 010 4KQ9874 Bridge all of the San Francisco area, together with Bob Hamman and Bob Wolff, both of Dallas. Your favorite (I trust) bridge columnist was their non- playing captain. In the women's division, Sandra Landy, Sally Horton, Nicola- Smith, Pat Davies, Michelle Brunner and Gillian Scott-Jones, representing Great Britain, won by 323 to 213 international match points over the U.S. team of Kathie Wei, Judi Radin, Jackie Mitchell, Gail Greenberg, Carol Sanders and Betty Ann Kennedy. Grattan Endicott captained the British, and Dan Morse captained the American women. Israel took third place in the open championship and France was third in the women's championship. Pakistan, scheduled to represent Asia, withdrew when the Pakistani government refused the team permission to play against Israel. The Indian team then agreed to compete but was forced to withdraw by the Indian government. Earlier last year, South Africa withdrew from international bridge competition after about half of the countries in the World Bridge Federation refused to play against their teams. SOUTH • KQJ1053 OAQ82 *AJ West North But South Pass 1<? INT Dbl 20 4*9 Pass 4NT Pass 5* Dbl 50 Pass 5V Pass 5NT Pass 60 Pass 74 All Pass Opening lead--42 West dealer; East-West vulnerable World politics have complicated international bridge. The job of a captain is to worry, and I don't mind admitting that I did my job when Ross bid seven spades on the hand shown today. At the other table of our match, the Americans (sitting East-West) were never in the bidding against the Austrian declarer. With no information to guide him, he took the opening club lead and played for a diamond ruff in dummy as his 13th trick. The odds were almost 13 to 1 in his favor, but East ruffed the second diamond and cashed a club trick. Down two. In the women's division, the American declarer was likewise down at seven spades, but the British declarer stopped at six spades and made that contract with ease (the same hands were played in both matches). If you're as clever as the rest of my readers, you suspect that Ross made his grand slam (since otherwise you'd be reading about a different hand). The bidding of his opponents told Ross exactly what to do. East's overcall (known in the trade as the "comic" notrump) promised either a balanced hand of 15 to 18 points or a poor hand with a good escape suit. When Ross doubled, West ran to diamonds. East later doubled on the Blackwood response of five clubs. It was therefore clear that East had a long, strong club suit and that West had length in diamonds. Paige plays pragmatic boss LOS ANGELES (AP) - Janis Paige, a one-time toast of Broadway, is now making everyone toe the line on CBS' "Trapper John, M.D." Paige, who wowed critics and audience j alike in such stage hits as "Remains To) Be Seen" and I ' ' P a j a m a Game," has joined Paige "Trapper John" in its sixth season as hospital administrator Catherine Hackett. "I think the best way to describe her is with a line from this week's script," she said. "I say, 'What you're talking about is a matter of law and I have to enforce the law, regardless of the justice involved.' "She is often in conflict with Trapper, although I'm sure their ideals are the same. But the conflict comes because she has to make decisions he doesn't have to make. She's pragmatic and some- Not one reader in ten thousand wants to know what all the other fancy bids meant. At the world championship level, bridge is a very complex game. Suffice it to say that Ross knew about North's two aces and the two red kings when he bid seven spades. Ross began with the ace of clubs and his six spades, saving four hearts and two diamonds in the dummy. Ross knew that West would have to save four diamonds and therefore couldn't save more than two hearts. East therefore had to keep the king of clubs and as many hearts as he could. Ross next ran his three top diamonds, saving three hearts in dummy. East had to save three hearts and therefore threw away the king of clubs in the hope that his partner had the jack. Ross, who had forseen this ending at the first trick, cashed the jack of clubs and took the last two tricks with the A-K of hearts. That was plus 1,510 for the United States at this table in addition to plus 100 at the other table (or 17 international match points). A Sunday article should have a moral: Beware of getting into the auction when a first-class opponent is going to play the hand. If you can't crowd his bidding, you may tell him how to make a hand that he would otherwise lose. You needn't take this moral too seriously when your opponents are less than first class. You can often interfere with their bidding and they will seldom work out your hand from the bidding. 1! tunes pragmatic to a fault." She's decisive, but not stern. Leave it to Paige to find the sympathetic side. The writers are also finding ways to soften her image and make lier more appealing to the audience. It's the fifth series for Paige, who appeared regularly in the so- called "Golden Age" of live television drama. She starred in "It's Always Jan," "Lanigan's Rabbi," "Baby Makes Five" and "Gun- shy." She also had recurring roles in three other series, "All in the Family," "All's Fair" and "Eight Is Enough." She made her debut with one line in "Bathing Beauty" in 1944, then starred in "Hollywood Canteen." Next came "Of Human Bondage." Many more pictures followed until she went to Broadway and starred in "Remains To Be Seen." "Pajama Game" followed, then the movie "Silk Stockings" with Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse. 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