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BB QF USA2 vs. SWEDEN Round 1
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I didn't wake up early enough to watch the whole thing, but there were some great hands at the end of the USA2 vs. SWEDEN session. USA2 had a sizeable lead when I started watching, but Sweden came roaring back.

Start with a defensive problem:

West
Q10962
AKQ7
KJ43
North
J43
A964
98
A975
East
South
W
N
E
S
1
P
2
3
X
3
P
4
P
P
P
D
12
4 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
A
8
6
3
0
0
1
1

You (West) are on lead against 4. You cash the A, partner playing the 6. What's your plan?

Nystrom switched to spades at trick 2; this left the contract unmakeable. Pepsi cashed a second diamond before switching to a spade. It turned out that wasn't fatal, he just needed to switch to the Q. When he switched to the T he got caught in a cute squeeze-endplay.

West
Q10962
AKQ7
KJ43
North
J43
A964
98
A975
East
K75
1072
6542
862
South
A8
KQJ853
J103
Q10
W
N
E
S
1
P
1NT
2
X
2
P
2NT
P
4
P
P
P
D
12
4 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
A
8
6
10
0
0
1
K
9
5
3
0
0
2
10
J
K
A
3
1
2
K
2
4
7
3
2
2
J
3
6
2
3
3
2
J
Q
A
2
1
4
2
9
10
Q
4
3
5
2
8
7
3
4
3
6
2
3
Q
4
6
3
7
2
5
10 tricks claimed
N/S +620
10

In the end he had to play partner for the 8. When declarer held that card, it was 12 IMPs to Sweden.

 

Next an interesting play problem in a slam:

West
North
J
AKJ42
J
AK7543
East
South
AK4
53
A8765
J82
W
N
E
S
 
1
P
1
1
2
P
2
P
3
P
4
P
4
P
4N
P
6
P
P
P
D
13
6 North
NS: 0 EW: 0
2
1

You're in 6 (North) on a spade lead.

Both declarers chose essentially the same line, cashing one trump and ruffing out the hearts. With clubs 2-2, any line was destined to work.

West
Q109853
96
Q92
Q10
North
J
AKJ42
J
AK7543
East
762
Q1087
K1043
96
South
AK4
53
A8765
J82
W
N
E
S
 
1
P
1
1
2
P
2
P
3
P
4
P
4
P
4N
P
6
P
P
P
D
13
6 North
NS: 0 EW: 0
2
A
3
J
3
1
0
3
6
A
7
1
2
0
A
6
2
10
1
3
0
J
3
A
2
3
4
0
5
9
K
8
1
5
0
2
10
J
Q
0
5
1
9
3
4
12 tricks claimed
N/S +1370
7

 

Moss was punished on board 14 for an imaginative raise:

West
J86
Q109752
986
J
North
1092
A3
73
Q85432
East
KQ53
A1054
AK1076
South
A74
KJ864
KQJ2
9
W
N
E
S
1
1
P
2
X
XX
P
3
X
P
P
P
D
14
3X North
NS: 0 EW: 0
K
4
6
9
2
0
1
3
A
8
2
3
1
1
9
J
Q
K
2
1
2
5
7
J
10
0
1
3
2
3
7
4
2
1
4
A
2
8
3
2
1
5
Q
6
5
2
1
2
5
5 tricks claimed
N/S -800
7

2 didn't have to be catestrophic, but it was today. 3 was even worse. 12 IMPs to Sweden.

On board 15, USA2 won 3 IMPS playing a 4-3 fit at the 3-level on a board many would pass out.

West
K8732
84
QJ65
85
North
A654
752
AK7
632
East
QJ
QJ106
1098
AQJ4
South
109
AK93
432
K1097
W
N
E
S
 
P
P
1
P
1
1
X
XX
2
P
3
P
P
P
D
15
3 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
2
4
J
9
2
0
1
Q
10
7
A
1
1
1
2
A
7
5
2
1
2
4
10
8
3
3
2
2
2
5
A
8
1
3
2
2
10
A
4
3
4
2
K
8
5
6
3
5
2
K
3
6
J
3
6
2
9
9 tricks claimed
N/S +140
9

In the other room, Pepsi (West) played 2 after Rosenberg opened 1 in fourth seat. Down 1. I think I would pass the East hand out in fourth seat.

 

Board 16 was a relatively dull push in 6

West
AJ83
AKQ75
K
A98
North
K107
862
Q103
QJ62
East
Q9654
43
AJ
K1054
South
2
J109
9876542
73
W
N
E
S
2NT
P
3
P
4
P
4NT
P
5
P
6
P
P
P
D
16
6 West
NS: 0 EW: 0
Q
4
3
A
0
0
1
A
7
4
2
0
0
2
3
K
5
2
1
1
2
10
12 tricks claimed
E/W +1430
4

Pepsi and Rosenberg made short work of getting to 6 after the 2NT opening. There's a theme so far in this event of unusual (crazy?) 2NT openings with stiff kings and 5-card majors. In the other room, Grue-Moss did their best to disrupt the Swedes' relay auction, but they found the top spot anyway.

In the end, SWEDEN took the set 43-41. This should be a fun match to continue watching.

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