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Bermuda Bowl Round-Robin, Day 2

As someone pointed out in another thread (sorry, I don't remember who said it or where), the top eight teams after Day 1 all had matchups against other top-eight teams in Match 4.

BRAZIL defeatedENGLAND 45-20,CHINA edged outPOLAND 27-23,USA1 topped AUSTRALIA32-26, and FRANCE took over the lead with a 26-19 win overBULGARIA.

CANADA toppledDENMARK 56-15, butUSA2 suffered a 39-20 loss toEGYPT. The home team,INDIA, knocked offNEW ZEALAND 42-13 and moved into seventh place.

USA2's first win was a massive 72-17 rout ofJORDAN in Match 5, whileCANADA lost the ground it had gained when it took a 63-19 beating fromBULGARIA.

An interesting deal from this match (click NEXT to advance the play):

West
KJ864
A1065
653
3
North
AQ109
J2
J108
A1098
East
75
8
KQ42
KQJ652
South
32
KQ9743
A97
74
W
N
E
S
P
1
2
2
2
X
P
3
P
4
P
P
P
D
4 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
3
A
2
7
1
1
0
2
8
K
A
0
1
1
6
J
Q
A
3
2
1
2
4
9
5
1
3
1
J
5
Q
5
3
4
1
3
6
10
7
1
5
1
A
6
4
8
1
6
1
10
K
7
3
2
6
2
K
7
9

InUSA1 vs.BRAZIL, Levin-Weinstein were offered a number in 2 doubled, but they played in 4. Weinstein won the club lead with dummy's ace and played the 2 to the king and ace. West switched to the 6: J, Q, A. Now Weinstein finessed the 9 and led the J from dummy, overtaking with the Q. Had hearts split 3-2 he would have been home. Another spade finesse would have disposed of his club loser, and he would lose two hearts and one diamond. And if the 10 had come down doubleton, he would have an overtrick. But with trumps 4-1, West's 6 loomed large. When East came on lead with the K, a club through promoted the setting trick. Had Weinstein led the J from dummy instead of the 2, West would have to duck, and declarer would lack the entries to take two spade finesses and discard his club.

The other table played 3NT down two, soUSA1 gained 3 IMPs en route to a 47-25 victory but missed a big opportunity. How big? In the Senior Bowl,USA1metUSA2, and Rosenberg-Zia doubled the Clerkins in 1. Rosenberg, North, found the best lead of the J: Q from dummy,duck by Zia. Now the K lost to the ace, and Rosenberg continued with the 8, ducked in dummy, won by Zia's 9 (rising with the king, perhaps findable, would have severed defensive communication). Now Zia led a spade through, and it appears that declarer has to lose four spades, three hearts, two diamonds, and one club, but the defense doesn't have the timing to take all those tricks. Rosenberg won the J with the queen and played A, 10. Declarer won and exited with a diamond. Zia led a low heart, but declarer rose with the A and thew Rosenberg in with a spade. Zia had to overtake the J to prevent declarer from reaching dummy's clubs, but that set up the 10. Down two, -500 and 8 IMPs toUSA1 when North-South at the other table stopped in partscore for +140.

FRANCE dispatchedGUADELOUPE handily, now 8 VPs clear ofUSA1, but there were two upsets:SINGAPOREoverENGLAND, 34-21, andJAPAN overPOLAND, 47-19.INDIA notched another big win, 66-19 over theUNITED ARAB EMIRATES, climbing to fourth.

Match 6 pitted the Aussies against the Kiwis.IshDel'Monte'sBermuda BowlRoundtableprediction was proven false whenAUSTRALIAcrushedNEWZEALAND, 65-17.BRAZILrecorded the first true blitz of the tournament with an 87-6 win overSOUTH AFRICA.USA2 kept rolling with a 25-15 victory againstENGLAND, lying 12th after two days' play. FRANCEsuffered its first defeat at the hands ofCANADA, 31-24, but it clung to the lead by the narrowest of margins: .04 VPs. The standings:

1. France, 86.71 VPs

2.USA1, 86.67

3. Bulgaria, 84.49

4. Brazil, 81.27

5. Australia, 79.34

6. China, 77.82

7. Japan, 72.93

8. Sweden, 72.75

9. Poland, 68.91

10. India, 68.17

11. Singapore, 60.19

12. USA2, 60.11

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