was West, playing in my first Bermuda Bowl with Lew Mathe.
I didn't want to lead my singleton spade into South's obvious
spade strength, and I figured dummy was short in spades too
and the hand might be a crossruff. Fantastic analysis, Bob.
So I cleverly led my trump. Benito Garozzo won with the 9,
led a trump to the ace and called for the 9 of spades. Lew
covered with the jack. Garozzo won the queen, led a club to
the ace and another spade to the 8 and 10. Then came the ace
of spades and a spade ruff with the jack of hearts, a heart
finesse to the 10, the king of hearts (pulling the last trump,
the queen) and the 6 of spades, his tenth winner. We took
the last three tricks.
won't describe Lew's attitude toward me at the end of this
deal, since this is a family website. Needless to say, his
instructions to his partners for the rest of his life, "Never
lead a trump," now had a solid foundation to stand on...."like
Hamman did to me back in the 1966 Bermuda Bowl..."
tip: Beware of the trump lead...beware!