The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on January 19, 1986 · Page 43
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 43

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, January 19, 1986
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The Salina Journal Entertainment Sunday, January 19,1986 Page 3 Bridge By ALFRED SHEINWOLD Log Angeles Times Last Sunday, your faithful reporter described how the U.S. bridge team won the world championship last November in Brazil. The decisive victory over Austria in the final match made it all look very easy, but there's more to the story. In order to reach the finals, we had to win a long semifinal match against Brazil. On paper, we were heavy favorites to win that match since Brazil had lost the South American championship to Argentina and were minus the services of their most brilliant player, Gabriel Chagas, because of a comparatively unimportant infraction of tournament rules. As it happened, the match wasn't played on paper. The Brazilians, playing on home ground and buoyed up by hundreds of enthusiastic supporters, played tenaciously and well, while the U.S. team played somewhat below its usual form. After 159 boards of a 160-board match, the two teams were exactly tied. The entire match was to depend on the 160th deal! We won the match on that last deal, as much by luck as by good management, and went on to glory. Today, let's follow a brilliant defense in a hand that must be considered a candidate for the best of the year. Brazilian expert Marcelo Branco reached the somewhat ambitious contract of three no- trump against U.S. experts Hugh Ross and Peter Fender. Ross led a defensive play assured team a big victory NORTH 4>J2 <PKJ962 OQ 4AK1043 WEST • 1065 OK10642 *QJ6 SOUTH *K984 EAST + AQ73 VA10873 097 +87 OAJ853 4952 North East South West IV Pass 14 Pass 2+ Pass 2NT Pass 3 NT All Pass Opening lead --04 North dealer; both sides vulnerable. low diamond, and dummy's queen won the first trick. Branco returned a low heart from dummy. East naturally played low, and Branco won with the singleton queen. Declarer expected to get four clubs, two hearts and two diamonds. The ninth trick might develop in spades or in hearts if the ten happened to drop early. It seemed right to develop the clubs and hearts without allowing East to win an early trick and return a diamond. Branco therefore led a club to dummy's ace. (West played his low club, of course. Only a beginner would put up the jack or queen.) We can see that a finesse with the ten of clubs would bring in the whole suit, simplifying the rest of the play. However, Branco worried about losing to a possible singleton queen or jack and about letting East in too soon. After arriving in dummy with the ace of clubs, Branco led dummy's king of hearts, and Fender took the ace. It was now up to Fender to make the key defensive play since he had a far better picture of the hand than his partner. It was clear that South had a fairly decent five-card diamond suit since he had discarded a diamond without pain on the second round of hearts. South also surely held the king of spades. South presumably didn't have the queen of clubs since if he did he couldn't be beaten. How could the defense get the five tricks it needed to defeat the contract? What could West hold in addition to the king of diamonds and the queen-jack of clubs? West certainly couldn't hold a high card, but the ten of spades was a distinct possibility. Fender therefore led the queen of spades. Branco played the king to make sure of his spade trick. It wouldn't have helped him to play low since East would take the ace of spades and lead a diamond. The defense would then get two spades, a heart, a diamond and a club. Branco then led another club and let West hold the trick with the jack. One slip by the defense and he could still make his contract with one spade, two hearts, two diamonds and four clubs. But there was no slip. West led his low spade to the ace, and Fender resisted the temptation to return a diamond. Instead, he continued with a spade to West's ten, and West endplayed the 'Batman' turns into zany cop West LOS ANGELES (AP) - Adam West, grinning from ear to ear, had just shot the police chief in the foot. He savored the humor in the incident, just one of many in NBC's new action-comedy "The Last Precinct," in which i he stars as' Capt. Rob Wright, an overzealous, by-the- book bonehead in command of a station house of misfits. "It's been a good day," said West. "I shot the chief in the foot. I wrapped his foot in my jacket. I'm trying to do this with mystery so you never know whether I did it by accident or on purpose. I'm enjoying it. It's nice to have somewhere to go every day. I don't know when I've enjoyed a role like this since 'Batman.'" West is best known for his role as the Caped Crusader, one half of the Dynamic Duo with Robin the Boy Wonder, on the 1960s hit series "Batman." The role made him famous — and nearly stunted his career. "I was unemployed a lot after 'Batman,'" he said. "But I have six kids, so what do I do? I've done everything: circuses, dinner theater, features, television movies and the Mark Taper Forum." The NBC movie pilot for "The Last Precinct" will follow the Super Bowl on Jan. 26. "What we're trying to do is modernize the Keystone Kops," West said. "We've got the action and the absurdity. Another quick label: it's a little bit like 'Barney Miller' if you took them out of the squad room and put them on the streets." HELP YOUR MONEY GROW Now you can put your money in a vehicle that offers: •Insurance protection for full lifetime •Tax-advantaged cash accumulations •No front endload •Tax-advantaged liquidity through loans •Interest-sensitive growth With EVUCO's SP.PIus (Single Premium Endowment Plan) you can gel all these features including the potential for significant cash build up al competitive interest rates — plus the favorable tax treatment accorded life insurance. 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