Benito Garozzo

This week we feature who we consider to be the
greatest player of all time : Benito Garozzo.

The year?  1973.     Place?   Rabat, Morocco.     International Pairs.

Garozzo was South.

Let us look at the E-W cards only first.

Q J 9
A Q 10 8 4 3
J 2
Q 5
A 10 8 3
J 7
A K J 7 4 2
Declarer was in a contract
of 6.

The lead was the K.

The problem revolves around not losing a trick in hearts and diamonds. Declarer won the ace and promptly played the seven of hearts, intending to finesse. Imagine his surprise when South (Garrozzo) played the king of hearts!

This was pairs. "I can make 13 tricks now" he must have thought.

He won the ace and played a second heart to dummy's knave, intending to pick up North’s 9xxx. South followed with the 5!   "What is going on?", he mused. He then played a small club to hand intending to draw the trumps and claim, but.... South ruffed!!!! Then South cashed a diamond!

The only declarer to go down. Shame.

Garozzo started with -

7 6 5 2
K 6 5
9 8 7 6 5 3

Benito Garrozzo’s brilliant defence finds
its source in his extraordinary ability
to reconstruct the unseen hands.

As this was a Pairs event, where an overtrick can be of paramount importance, declarer’s line of play cannot be condemned or even criticized.

Small wonder then that the Italian Blue Team retained the World Title for a consecutive 10 years in the 60’s. With Benito Garrozzo.

A must for your library - "Bridge with the Blue Team"
by Pietro Forquet.
(Master Bridge Series. Victor Gollanz, London.)

Delightful reading.   Instructive.    Inspirational.

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