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BBR13: Italy vs. USA2
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Round 13 saw 2 teams in qualifying position square off -- Italy and USA2. At one table was Di-Franco-Manno vs. Moss-Grue; at the other was Pepsi-Rosenberg vs. Donati-Gandoglia.

The match started slowly, trading overtrick IMPs on the first two boards and a push in 2 making 4. The first action was on board 4.

North
A6
KJ1075
A53
963
W
N
E
S
1NT
?

Would you bid over 1NT? Both Norths chose to pass. The auction continued the same at both tables:

North
A6
KJ1075
A53
963
W
N
E
S
1NT
P
P
2
X
?

What do you do?

Pepsi went low, bidding 2, p/c, and stopped in 2. Di Franco invited with 2NT, getting his side to 3, which went down 1.

West
842
AQ
KQJ109
Q105
North
A6
KJ1075
A53
963
East
95
9643
76
A8742
South
KQJ1073
82
842
KJ
W
N
E
S
1NT
P
P
2
X
2NT
P
3
P
3
P
3
P
P
P
D
4
3 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
Q
A
6
4
1
1
0
A
5
3
2
1
2
0
6
9
K
8
3
3
0
Q
4
3
3
3
4
0
2
Q
K
4
1
5
0
3
7
J
Q
0
5
1
8 tricks claimed
N/S -100
6

Both Italian pairs went for 500 at the 5-level on board 5, sending 14 IMPs to USA2.

West
KQJ73
9
K973
1097
North
2
A108543
J4
AK85
East
A10954
K72
8652
Q
South
86
QJ6
AQ10
J6432
W
N
E
S
1
1
2
4
5
5
P
P
X
P
P
P
D
5
5X East
NS: 0 EW: 0
Q
9
A
2
1
1
0
A
Q
2
7
1
2
0
K
9
3
9
2
2
1
10
6
3
2
2
2
2
A
8
7
3
2
2
3
K
6
3
4
2
2
4
7
J
J
5
0
2
5
10
5
4
4
2
2
6
2
10
7
4
3
3
6
Q
9
J
5
3
4
6
A
K
8
6
3
5
6
8 tricks claimed
E/W -500
11

Differing rebid styles resulted in Italy getting 2 levels higher on board 6.

West
Q109
82
A73
A6432
North
A652
K
KJ6542
97
East
J73
Q1075
Q98
QJ10
South
K84
AJ9643
10
K85
W
N
E
S
 
P
1
P
1
P
2
P
2N
P
3
P
4
P
P
P
D
6
4 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
3
2
9
10
3
1
0
3
2
K
5
1
2
0
K
8
4
7
3
3
0
A
8
4
7
3
4
0
J
6
5
Q
2
4
1
J
K
A
7
0
4
2
2
9
Q
5
2
4
3
10
6
3
2
2
4
4
10
8
4
5
2
4
5
3
7 tricks claimed
N/S -150
10

In the other room, Rosenberg rebid 2 and played there. Manno was 3 off in 4. 7 IMPs to USA2.

Next, an opening lead problem.

West
Q5
1076
Q109863
A7
W
N
E
S
1NT
P
2
P
2
P
2
P
3
P
3
P
3NT
P
P
P

What's your lead?

Grue chose the A. That was not a success.

West
Q5
1076
Q109863
A7
North
K72
Q9842
52
QJ3
East
109843
K53
AJ7
52
South
AJ6
AJ
K4
K109864
W
N
E
S
 
1N
P
2
P
2
P
2
P
3
P
3
P
3N
P
P
P
D
7
3NT South
NS: 0 EW: 0
A
3
5
4
0
0
1
7
J
2
6
1
1
1
2
3
J
6
3
2
1
8
3
Q
10
1
3
1
2
8
J
Q
0
3
2
7
4
5
A
3
4
2
K
6
2
3
3
5
2
9 tricks claimed
N/S +600
7

At the other table E-W played in 3 down 2. Italy was on the scoreboard with 9 IMPs.

Board 8 was a grand-slam push. At the half, USA2 led 27-10.

USA2 picked up 2 more IMPs on board 9 when Italy got too high on a partscore hand. Then things started to fall apart for the Americans.

West
J10952
K84
AJ65
9
North
AKQ84
J96
Q102
J10
East
Q732
K943
K6432
South
763
A105
87
AQ875
W
N
E
S
 
P
P
P
1
X
1N
2
2
3
X
P
3
P
P
X
P
P
P
D
10
3X North
NS: 0 EW: 0
4
7
A
2
0
0
1
5
10
K
8
2
0
2
3
5
K
6
0
0
3
8
9
7
10
3
1
3
7
9
Q
3
1
2
3
4
3
6
10
0
2
4
6
Q
9
5
1
3
4
10
2
Q
9
3
4
4
3
9 tricks claimed
N/S +730
9

At the other table, E-W settled quietly in 2 down 1. Grue doubled 3 with JT9xx of trumps. He needed to find the unintuitive shift to his singleton club into dummy's AQxxx at trick 2 to set it. -730 and 12 IMPs to Italy.

Next came a high-level competitive decision.

East
AK109864
Q
K62
107
W
N
E
S
P
2
P
4
4NT
5
5
?

Partner's 2 is Precision style, and you are in a Forcing Pass situation.

Moss made a forcing pass and Grue doubled. Unfortunately, 5 was cold.

West
J
J
J105
AKQ98542
North
Q7532
A10972
Q7
J
East
AK109864
Q
K62
107
South
K86543
A9843
63
W
N
E
S
P
2
P
4
4NT
5
5
P
P
X
P
P
P
D
11
5X North
NS: 0 EW: 0
K
3
J
3
3
1
0
4
J
A
Q
1
2
0
7
2
A
5
3
3
0
3
10
Q
K
2
3
1
10
3
A
J
0
3
2
11 tricks claimed
N/S +650
5

The auction at the other table started 2 by South, 5 by West, and 5 by North. Not having shown his spades yet, East bid 5, doubled down 2, but 8 IMPs to Italy.

North had a tough decision on board 12.

North
K962
62
J107
10984
W
N
E
S
1
P
2
X
3
P
P
X
P
?

West
Q10875
QJ873
KQ8
North
K962
62
J107
10984
East
J43
9
964
KQJ653
South
A
AK1054
A532
A72
W
N
E
S
1
P
2
X
3
P
P
X
P
3NT
P
P
P
D
12
3NT North
NS: 0 EW: 0
3
A
8
2
3
1
0
4
Q
2
9
0
1
1
7
K
4
2
1
2
1
6
3
A
3
3
3
1
A
8
7
4
3
4
1
A
7
4
5
3
5
1
K
8
8
6
3
6
1
12 tricks claimed
N/S +690
7

At one table, Pepsi chose 4, which was doubled. Rosenberg ran to 4, also doubled. Down 2, -500. Di Franco chose 3NT, which mercifully wasn't doubled. Down 3, but 5 IMPs to Italy.

Pepsi and Rosenberg had a costly misunderstanding on board 13.

West
J84
J62
K6542
K3
North
A7
A9854
98
Q1095
East
K1053
K1073
1073
A7
South
Q962
Q
AQJ
J8642
W
N
E
S
 
P
P
1
P
1
P
1
P
4
P
4
P
5
P
5
P
6
X
P
P
P
D
13
6X South
NS: 0 EW: 0
2
8
10
Q
3
1
0
Q
6
A
3
1
2
0
4
K
2
2
3
3
0
A
4
9
3
3
4
0
J
K
5
7
1
5
0
5
7
4
J
3
6
0
2
8
A
3
1
7
0
8
10
8
K
0
7
1
J
7
K
6
2
7
2
5
Q
4
9
3
8
2
10 tricks claimed
N/S -500
10

Rosenberg thought 4 was a Splinter. It didn't get worked out until the 6-level. The other table settled in 1NT. 12 IMPs to Italy.

Things settled down for a moment with a normal game on board 14; USA2 picked up an overtrick IMP.

Board 15 was exciting as well.

West
QJ862
J8
7632
73
North
4
K6532
AJ
AQ985
East
AK1093
104
KQ104
102
South
75
AQ97
985
KJ64
W
N
E
S
 
P
P
1
1
2N
4
5
5
6
6
P
P
X
P
P
P
D
15
6X East
NS: 0 EW: 0
6
3
A
10
1
1
0
2
10
Q
8
3
2
0
A
J
3
4
3
3
0
K
7
5
2
3
4
0
7
6
4
9
2
4
1
10
5
Q
5
0
4
2
2
A
4
5
1
5
2
8 tricks claimed
E/W -800
7

Pepsi and Rosenberg played in 5 making at the other table. Moss's 5 put the pressure on N-S, and they chose wrong, bidding 6. But Grue soldiered on to 6, doubled and down 3 for -800 and 4 IMPs to Italy.

Board 16 was a tricky game contract.

West
A103
J8764
Q108
54
North
2
9
KJ743
Q109763
East
QJ9
A102
A652
AK2
South
K87654
KQ53
9
J8
W
N
E
S
P
P
2
2
3
X
3
P
3NT
P
4
P
P
P
D
16
4 East
NS: 0 EW: 0
9
8
J
A
2
0
1
A
5
4
9
2
0
2
2
3
6
3
0
0
3
4
6
A
8
2
0
4
Q
K
10 tricks claimed
E/W +620
5

In one roomGandoglia played in 4 from the East side. He won the diamond lead (which set up the suit for 1 loser), played A and a heart and took the spade finesse, losing 2 hearts and a diamond.

In the other room, Moss was in 3NT. He ducked the club lead, won the club continuation, and played A and a heart, winning dummy's 6. He put South in with another heart and South was stuck. He chose to cash his other heart and exit with his diamond, but Moss now had 9 tricks. 1 IMP to Italy, making the final margin Italy 52, USA2 30.

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