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BB QF USA1 vs. BULGARIA Session 2
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BULGARIA was up 72-36 over USA1 after 1 session of play. Session 2 saw Meckstroth-Rodwell NS vs. Mihov-Karakolev EW in one room and Stefanov-Nanev NS vs. Levin-Weinstein E-W in the other room.


The first 3 boards were pretty flat, with 2 undertrick IMPs going to BULGARIA on board 18. On board 20, preemption by Levin-Weinstein kept the Bulgarians out of a good slam:

West
5
93
AJ9873
Q1082
North
A9876
QJ842
4
53
East
J10432
76
K105
J97
South
KQ
AK105
Q62
AK64
W
N
E
S
3
P
4
X
P
4
P
P
P
D
20
4 North
NS: 0 EW: 0
5
2
J
4
0
0
1
3
7
10
6
1
1
1
6
2
Q
5
3
2
1
K
8
8
3
3
3
1
A
3
2
6
3
4
1
5
9
Q
7
1
5
1
8
K
K
2
3
6
1
A
8
3
7
3
7
1
K
10
5
9
3
8
1
4
Q
9
J
1
9
1
A
4
Q
7
1
10
1
10 tricks claimed
N/S +620
11

At the other table, Meckstroth, South, took a bit of a flyer to bid 6 with no diamond control. He turned out to be very right. 13 IMPs to USA 1.

West
5
93
AJ9873
Q1082
North
A9876
QJ842
4
53
East
J10432
76
K105
J97
South
KQ
AK105
Q62
AK64
W
N
E
S
P
P
P
2NT
P
3
P
3
P
4
P
6
P
P
P
D
20
6 North
NS: 0 EW: 0
5
2
A
4
0
0
1
3
4
10
6
1
1
1
2
7
A
3
3
2
1
K
9
8
6
3
3
1
12 tricks claimed
N/S +1430
4

On board 21, neither East found the underlead of AKQ73 vs. 3NT:

West
K1096
J8
K3
108532
North
AQ5
10652
82
KQ96
East
843
AKQ73
J109
J4
South
J72
94
AQ7654
A7
W
N
E
S
1
1
2
P
2
P
2
P
2NT
P
3NT
P
P
P
D
21
3NT North
NS: 0 EW: 0
K
4
J
2
2
0
1
A
9
8
5
2
0
2
Q
2
3
6
2
0
3
4
7
9
Q
1
1
3
8
10
Q
K
0
1
4
K
A
3
J
1
2
4
10
3
4
6
1
3
4
6
4
A
2
3
4
4
A
3
2
9
3
5
4
7
8
K
J
1
6
4
Q
7
5
5
1
7
4
9
8
6
10
0
7
5
10
5
J
7
0
7
6
N/S -200
13

When neither declarer divined the diamond position the hand was fated to go down. Levin surrendered an undertrick by leading away from the K, 3 IMPs to BULGARIA.


Put yourself in Steve Weinstein's seat as East on this defensive problem:

West
North
AJ6
4
AJ93
J10843
East
5
AKJ82
Q1072
K65
South
W
N
E
S
1
1
3
3
4
4
X
P
P
P
D
22
4X South
NS: 0 EW: 0
7
4
K
9
2
0
1
1

Partner's 3 was a Mixed Raise, showing constructive values and 4 hearts. The 7 is either top of nothing or third from QT7x. What do you do at trick 2?

Weinstein chose a diamond. That hit partner's K. That's good news, but you're not done. Declarer wins the A and leads a club off dummy; you duck, and partner captures declarer's Q with the A. He returns the 8 to your T. And now?

West
North
AJ6
4
AJ93
J10843
East
5
AKJ82
Q1072
K65
South
W
N
E
S
1
1
3
3
4
4
X
P
P
P
D
22
4X South
NS: 0 EW: 0
7
4
K
9
2
0
1
2
4
K
A
1
1
1
3
5
Q
A
0
1
2
8
9
10
6
2
1
3
4

Who has the last diamond? Weinstein got it right, cashing the Q and continuing diamonds, guaranteeing partner a trump trick with QTx. Down 2.

West
Q102
7653
K8
A972
North
AJ6
4
AJ93
J10843
East
5
AKJ82
Q1072
K65
South
K98743
Q109
654
Q
W
N
E
S
1
1
3
3
4
4
X
P
P
P
D
22
4X South
NS: 0 EW: 0
7
4
K
9
2
0
1
2
4
K
A
1
1
1
3
5
Q
A
0
1
2
8
9
10
6
2
1
3
Q
5
2
3
2
1
4
7
10
2
J
0
1
5
3
6
8
Q
1
2
5
A
5
3
10
1
3
5
8 tricks claimed
N/S -300
8

In the other room, Meckstroth played 3 making 5; 3 more tricks! 10 IMPs to USA1.

 

Board 23 was a push in 6. 7 was cold as the card lie, but 6 seems like a pretty good contract.

West
KQJ107643
A
AQ
106
North
A8
KQ854
J82
J72
East
1093
K1053
AKQ854
South
952
J762
9764
93
W
N
E
S
 
P
1
1
2
3
3
P
4
P
4
P
5
P
6
P
P
P
D
23
6 West
NS: 0 EW: 0
Q
3
2
A
0
0
1
K
A
4
2
1
1
1
K
9
6
3
0
1
2
12 tricks claimed
E/W +1430
3

Levin-Weinstein stayed a level lower than their Bulgarian counterparts on board 24 when Levin didn't open with J864 KQ9 A7532 4 first seat none vulnerable. Levin made an extra trick, picking up a doubleton Q offside, but it was for an overtrick. 1 IMP to USA1.


A partscore push followed, then a couple slam hands. Both pairs got to 6 on board 26:

West
Q52
K54
5
QJ10964
North
763
A9
AK743
AK8
East
10984
J32
98
7532
South
AKJ
Q10876
QJ1062
W
N
E
S
 
P
1
P
2
P
4
P
4
P
4
P
4N
P
5
P
5
P
6
P
6
P
P
P
D
26
6 North
NS: 0 EW: 0
10
A
2
3
3
1
0
2
5
A
8
1
2
0
3
9
Q
4
3
3
0
6
4
9
J
2
3
1
12 tricks claimed
N/S +1370
4

I'm not sure what all of the bids after the 4 Splinter mean in Meckwell's auction. I'm guessing they did. The Bulgarians didn't have the benefit of a natural, GF 2 response, but they managed with some relays after the 2 response.

A grand-slam push on board 27:

West
104
Q1092
10864
876
North
Q9
AKJ8
AJ7
AK42
East
J87
7543
K95
J105
South
AK6532
6
Q32
Q93
W
N
E
S
 
1
P
2
P
2
P
2N
P
3
P
4
P
4
P
4N
P
5
P
5N
P
6
P
6
P
6
P
7N
P
P
P
D
27
7NT North
NS: 0 EW: 0
7
2
10
Q
1
1
0
9
J
K
4
3
2
0
A
2
7
8
3
3
0
6
6
8
3
3
4
0
3
6
A
5
1
5
0
K
10
9
7
1
6
0
A
4
6
9
1
7
0
K
5
2
10
1
8
0
2
J
Q
8
3
9
0
13 tricks claimed
N/S +1520
9

Meckwell bid to 7NT, the Bulgarians to 7. 7 looks better, since you have the additional chance of queen-third of hearts ruffing out, though I guess 7NT can make with 4-1 spades if everything else is perfect. Didn't matter today with clubs 3-3. The play in 7NT is interesting. Rodwell took the spade lead and cashed 4 spades. He cashed the AK and had to decide what layout to play for. I was expecting him to cash the A, a Vienna Coup. In fact he cashed the top hearts and then the third club. Didn't matter today, but I'm curious of the best line.

 

The auctions were idential board 28.

West
K543
96
A6
108743
North
A98
A532
1075
Q96
East
J62
4
KQJ9432
52
South
Q107
KQJ1087
8
AKJ
W
N
E
S
P
P
4
4
5
X
P
P
P
D
28
5X East
NS: 0 EW: 0
Q
6
2
4
3
1
0
K
9
3
2
2
1
1
2
J
3
9
3
2
1
8
6
7
K
2
2
2
5
K
4
6
3
3
2
Q
K
A
2
1
4
2
9
J
7
3
2
4
3
8 tricks claimed
E/W -500
7

N-S could have made 5, but double was the right decision, as they had a chance to set 5 4 tricks for 800. At trick 4, Meckstroth needed to make the counter-intuitive play of cashing a second club before exiting in trumps, ensuring his side didn't have to break the spade suit. The Bulgarians timed their defense a bit better, starting with the A, switching to diamonds, winning the second club, and continuing diamonds. Weinstein had to break spades himself, so he ended up down 4. 7 IMPs to BULGARIA.

 

An interesting play problem:

West
K3
AQ7
A10982
KQ6
North
East
J85
1098432
J
A109
South
W
N
E
S
P
P
P
1
P
1
P
2NT
P
4
P
P
P
D
29
4 East
NS: 0 EW: 0
4
1

Weinstein played for 4-3 diamonds, unblocking the clubs at trick 1 and playing hearts safely.

West
K3
AQ7
A10982
KQ6
North
A1076
K65
Q73
753
East
J85
1098432
J
A109
South
Q942
J
K654
J842
W
N
E
S
P
P
P
1
P
1
P
2NT
P
4
P
P
P
D
29
4 East
NS: 0 EW: 0
4
6
3
A
2
0
1
10
J
A
5
0
0
2
A
3
J
4
0
0
3
2
7
8
5
2
0
4
4
2
7
K
1
1
4
6
3
8
Q
0
1
5
9
Q
2
6
2
1
6
10
J
Q
5
0
1
7
8
6
9
K
2
1
8
9
2
K
7
0
1
9
10
7
5
4
0
1
10
10 tricks claimed
E/W +620
11

 

Another declarer play problem:

West
North
Q
83
AJ852
AQ1052
East
South
A973
AK54
1043
K3
W
N
E
S
P
1NT
P
3
P
3NT
P
P
P
D
30
3NT South
NS: 0 EW: 0
Q
1

You're declaring 3N on the lead of the Q (or J, showing the Q)

West
J854
QJ107
KQ7
74
North
Q
83
AJ852
AQ1052
East
K1062
962
96
J986
South
A973
AK54
1043
K3
W
N
E
S
P
1NT
P
2NT
P
3
P
3NT
P
P
P
D
30
3NT South
NS: 0 EW: 0
J
3
9
K
3
1
0
3
7
8
9
2
1
1
6
A
7
8
3
2
1
4
K
A
6
1
3
1
2
2
10
Q
0
3
2
Q
2
2
4
0
3
3
10
5
9 tricks claimed
N/S +400
7

At Meckstroth's table, when he played a diamond at trick 2 West split, making life relatively easy. At the other table, Levin ducked and Weinstein won his 9. The K would have been fatal, but (after much thought) he continued hearts. 1 IMP to USA 1.

 

System differences got the Bulgarian N-S to an inferior strain on board 31.

West
1098
AJ1085
A10
A104
North
K63
Q7
K87652
J8
East
J7542
K9
Q93
763
South
AQ
6432
J4
KQ952
W
N
E
S
1
1
3
P
P
P
D
31
3 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
10
3
2
A
3
1
0
4
10
K
3
1
2
0
2
9
J
A
0
2
1
A
7
9
2
0
2
2
A
8
3
2
0
2
3
9
6
4
Q
3
3
3
K
4
J
6
3
4
3
Q
10
9 tricks claimed
N/S +110
8

Meckwell's 1 opening got them to the best spot of 3, just in. In the other room, South opened 2, showing 6 clubs or 5 clubs and a 4-card major. Over the 2 overcall North bid 3

West
1098
AJ1085
A10
A104
North
K63
Q7
K87652
J8
East
J7542
K9
Q93
763
South
AQ
6432
J4
KQ952
W
N
E
S
2
2
3
P
P
P
D
31
3 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
10
3
7
A
3
1
0
2
4
J
3
1
2
0
8
6
5
10
0
2
1
9
6
4
Q
3
3
1
K
A
2
7
0
3
2
10
7
K
3
2
3
3
9
2
A
Q
0
3
4
J
5
2
4
0
3
5
8
6
5
6
0
3
6
5
7
J
9
3
4
6
4
A
8
3
0
4
7
6 tricks claimed
N/S -300
11

That didn't play quite so well. Down 3, 9 IMPs to USA1.


The last board was a routine 3NT making 4. The final tally for the session was USA1 34, BULGARIA 12, making the running score 84-70 in favor of BULGARIA.

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