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High Level Midnight Action 2

Back in 2016  I posted the following article:

http://bridgewinners.com/article/view/high-level-midnight-action/

I had no plans for a sequel, yet tonight inspired one.

 

Post session Saturday 12/30, with most teams having just completed play in the Michael Seamon USBF Junior Trials in Atlanta, Zach Grossack did a great job of organizing a ZIP KO.  12 teams entered, with only 10 having competed in the trials earlier that day.  Zip players included most of the trials participants from that day, some who had been eliminated earlier, plus TD McKenzie Myers, at least one parent, and several vugraph operators.  Zach set it up so that everyone drew cards for partners and teams, leading to many cross-category pairings.  It was a blast!!

Two teams still had the USA2 final to play Sunday, which meant early to bed for most of those players, but not my randomly drawn partner, Greg Herman.  We sat down for the first match against Di Wu and Morgan Johnstone.  Di had just placed 2nd in the U21 championship, while Morgan had competed in the Rona Cup qualifier.   

Side note:  For system, Greg and I discussed nothing specific, but agreed to use our best guess at the future Bridge Winners Standard system.  On the first deal, Greg was dealt a balanced game force, and we were on the same page in guessing that BW Std will include Kokish.

Back to the inspiration for this article:

Morgan and Di produced one of the best defenses of the Junior Trials!  

West
763
Q65
AQJ10854
North
KQJ10
104
AQ9642
6
East
8
KJ82
J1087
K932
South
A9542
A973
K53
7
W
N
E
S
 
1
3
4
5
P
P
5
P
5
P
6
P
P
P
D
6 South
NS: 0 EW: 0

Di underled his A, and Morgan, who learned bridge less than a year ago, returned a diamond for him to ruff!!!!

 

Side note #2: We lost this 6 board match by 2 IMPs, yet continued as "lucky losers." We made it to the semi final, where I let down our teammates (Amber Lin and Emma Kolesnik, who had been opponents in the Rona Cup the past two days) with a bad bid.  That caused us to lose to Oren Kriegel's team (Oren, Jonathan Baumel, Sarah Youngquist, Andrew Jeng), who went on to win the final.

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