Bridge by Frank Stewart
Next door at the Hyatt Regency was everybody else: novices and average players vying against each other. In theory, any tournament attendee can go up against the pros. In practice, the ACBL caters to its members by offering a host of events that let players compete only against their peers and have a chance to win coveted masterpoints.
In the Open Board-a-Match Teams (won by a sponsored team, of course), today's South played at 1NT, and West led a heart. Declarer won the second heart and led a spade from dummy, and East, for reasons unknown, grabbed his ace to lead his last heart.
As West cashed his hearts, South threw a spade and a diamond. West then exited with the jack of spades, and South won and cashed the A-K of diamonds. He was left with a spade and A-Q-8 of clubs, and dummy had K-10-6-5 of clubs. East couldn't keep his queen of spades and four clubs, so South took the rest, making two. He won the board. At the other table, declarer managed only seven tricks at 1NT.