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There is an empathy between bridge players and the kibitzers who watch them; when the former are in anguish the latter suffer too. And so it was at Fleming's Hotel near Piccadilly when Charles Goren frowned owlishly at a hard hand and had his mood mirrored by a concerned gallery of British bridge buffs. ("More constrained than their American counterparts, who occasionally offer advice," said Goren later.)

The problem facing Bridge Master Goren and company at this crucial moment in one of the world's toughest tournaments, the London Masters' Pairs: whether to try for a slam with relatively weak cards. Seconds later he successfully gambled on the big bid (six diamonds) and earned smiles from the fans as well as a top score for himself and partner Boris Schapiro. It was one of the few bright spots for the team, which finished ninth (for more Goren in London see page 66).

What about the man at the left who isn't interested? That's Harold Franklin. His best card is a jack.