Ottawa Citizen – 4 Sep 1939 By WM. E. McKENNEY
The most spectacular innovation at the national contract bridge tournament at Asbury Park in 1939 was the kibitzers gallery which met the immediate approval both of players and kibitzers. For the first time the players experienced the thrill of applause after a brilliant play.
End plays always gave the gallery a thrill. Here is one executed by Mrs Helen Sobel of New York, who, for the second consecutive year, won the National women’s pair championship with Mrs. R. C. Young of Philadelphia.
E/W Vulnerable, South Dealer
Opening Lead: K
With East and West vulnerable. Mrs. Sobel naturally assumed that West for her bidding her bidding held two five-card suits. With this count on the hand, she was able to execute the play that gave her the contract.
After the opponents had won two rounds of diamonds, Mrs. Sobel (South) ruffed the third diamond, then picked up the trumps. Two high clubs were cashed, and Mrs. Sobel was right in her assumption that West now held only red cards.
At this point she led hearts, forcing West to win. With only hearts and diamonds left, either play allowed Mrs. Sobel to ruff in one hand and discard her losing club from the other.