Last November, Brian McAllister, a sophomore, and Bobby Bodenheimer, a graduate student, won the North American College Bridge Contest in its first year of existence. The game was run across the US and Canada simultaneously with each location playing the same hands. Brian and Bobby had the highest score in the country. For their efforts, each was granted a $500 scholarship. Third in the country, but, sadly, second in the region, were Jeff Goldsmith, a graduate student, and Fred Upton, a senior. The winners in each of 15 regions won scholarships.
This hand contributed to Brian and Bobby's continent-wide high score:
| Q |
| 10876 |
| K5432 |
| AJ9 |
2 Negative double meaning ``I wanted to bid
3 Heart support and a singleton spade
4 Aces. Also overbids.
Brian and Bobby reached this thin slam, though with the
Whether or not this was the best line, plus 1430 was worth 96 matchpoints out of 100. A triumph for overbidding!