EPILOGUE: A REAL TEST

This was board 11 of Italy vs. USA in the qualifying round of the 1984 World Olympiad. 

At IMPs, as South, in first seat, you held, None Vulnerable:
AKQT854
HT3
D2
CAK2

The bidding had proceeded:

South	West	North	East	
2*	3	4	6
??? *Game Forcing
What now?

Pass? That would be calamitous, because you haven't mentioned spades so far. Partner might think you were proposing seven diamonds!

Six spades? You have no reason to think this will be on. Remember, partner was "pushed".

Double? It's the sensible call.

Bobby Goldman, for the USA, bid six spades and did well to go only one down.
Six hearts doubled would have been three down after the likely club lead.
At the other table East-West competed less ferociously, so N-S played in five spades, just made, +450.

If you doubled six hearts you gain 2 IMPs. If you attempted the slam you lose 11 IMPs.

All four hands:

Dummy

S 9 7 6 3
H 4
D A Q 9 8 5
C 9 6 4

West

S J 2
H A Q J 9 6 5
D 4 3
C J 10 8

East

S ---
H K 8 7 2
D K J 10 7 6
C Q 7 5 3

South

S A K Q 10 8 5 4
H 10 3
D 2
C A K 2

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