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One of the lesser known traditions of Holland's Cap Gemini World Top Pairs Tournament takes place after the event is over. The event always ends on a Sunday. On the Monday evening each year, several of the players congregate at Het Hok Bridge Club in Amsterdam. The level of play at Het Hok is very high; dozens of strong teams show up, cut for opponents, and play 32 board IMP matches. Kees Tammens, the proprietor of Het Hok, and the players go out of their way to make newcomers feel welcome in their club.

Fred Gitelman, President of Bridge Base Inc, was fortunate to have the chance to play with Jeff Meckstroth at Het Hok after this year's Cap Gemini. Jeff is widely regarded as one of the very best players in the world. His record, with partner Eric Rodwell, over the last 20 years has been spectacular. This week's deal is the first deal that Jeff and Fred played together. As in many real life deals, the bidding, play, and defense may not be perfect. However, it was an interesting deal.

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