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Bermuda Bowl Finals, Day 1
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POLAND andSWEDEN met in the Bermuda Bowl final, a rematch of sorts of the 2012 World Mind Sports Games final played in Lille, France. Contested over 128 boards in eight 16-board segments, the final would be longer than the previous knockout matches.POLANDstarted with a 10.5-IMP carryover.

This board from the first segment had Meckstrothian overtones:

West
A87
106
983
AKQ64
North
J43
AK952
107
872
East
Q6
Q83
AKQJ52
J5
South
K10952
J74
64
1093
W
N
E
S
1NT
P
3NT
P
P
P
D
3NT West
NS: 0 EW: 0

Gawrys, forPOLAND, reached 3NT as East. On the 5 lead he took the ace and had 12 tricks when both minors behaved. A simpleauction at the other table (see diagram) sided the declarership differently. Sylvan received the 5 lead. Playing North for AJ or KJ, he ducked to South's J, and the defense had the first five tricks: -50 and 11 IMPs to POLAND.

This deal recalled a story where Meckstroth arrives in 3NT on a similar layout. Frustrated, he calls for the queen, saying "I'm sick of losing to ace-king-fifth!" The queen held.

SWEDEN got those IMPs back on this deal:

West
K86
74
J9
J86432
North
9754
KQ10
AK432
Q
East
AQJ1032
532
Q85
7
South
AJ986
1076
AK1095
W
N
E
S
2
4
P
4
P
4
P
5
P
6
P
P
P
D
6 South
NS: 0 EW: 0

Mazurkiewi and Nystrom held the South cards and saw their RHO open a multi 2. Mazurkiewi made a simple 2 overcall, and Jassem simply raised to 4. Nystrom bid 4, showing clubs and a major. Upmark inquired with 4 and then raised 4 to 5 (perhaps asking about a spade control). Nystrom went on to 6, which he made when the red suits behaved: 11 IMPs toSWEDEN.

The session ended withPOLAND ahead 49.5-37.

SWEDEN won the second session 57-36 to move into the lead, 94-85.5. This deal helped:

West
Q94
A86
J1072
QJ8
North
A10
Q932
Q865
A42
East
7653
10
K943
9653
South
KJ82
KJ754
A
K107
W
N
E
S
 
1
P
1
P
2
P
4
P
4
P
4N
P
5
P
6
P
P
P
D
6 South
NS: 0 EW: 0

Nystrom played in 4 and eventually led a spade to the 10, making 12 tricks. The 12th trick was of more importance in the Closed Room. Nowosadzki arrived in 6 and Sylvan led the 7. Declarer won and played the K, won by Sylvan to return another diamond. Declarer ruffed, played a heart to the 9, and ruffed another diamond with the 7. Now a club to the ace and dummy's last diamond ruffed with the J. Declarer crossed to the A to draw the last trump, then ran the 10: down one, 13 IMPs toSWEDEN.

SWEDEN had an even bigger third set, outscoring its opponents 60-18. Sylvan-Wrang reached a thin slam here:

West
3
A98
KJ96
A10764
North
KQ1086
643
54
Q82
East
A72
J102
A10732
KJ
South
J954
KQ75
Q8
953
W
N
E
S
1
1
2
3
4
P
4
P
5
P
6
P
P
P
D
6 West
NS: 0 EW: 0

3NT requires bringing in one of the minors for five tricks. 6 is excellent if diamonds come in, and it has good chances when there is a trump loser (no heart lead, favorable club position, etc.). Here, everything was friendly, so both contracts made: 13 IMPs toSWEDEN.

The IMP scale rewards buying the contract at both tables in many cases. Here is an example:

West
AJ3
8
AJ10975
K109
North
10
AJ632
8
AJ7543
East
K97
KQ4
K6432
Q8
South
Q86542
10975
Q
62
W
N
E
S
P
1
2NT
X
4
P
P
X
P
P
P
D
4X South
NS: 0 EW: 0

Gawrys, East, played for penalties after North overcalled an unusual 2NT. 4 doubled could have been beaten two tricks, but after the 8 lead to the queen, the 4 returned, Klukowski, West, cashed the A and played another diamond. Declarer's club loser vanished, so he was down just one. The Swedes were doubled in the cold 5 at the other table, so +550 and -100 meant 10 more IMPs toSWEDEN.

After the first day,SWEDEN had built a large lead overPOLAND: 154-103.5. In the playoff for bronze,USA2 ledENGLAND152.3-138.

In the Venice Cup,FRANCE ledUSA2 by less than 1 IMP: 96.7-96.

In the Senior Bowl,USA1 was far ahead ofSWEDEN: 159-50.3.

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