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Hungary - Israel

Here is a board by board breakdown of the Hungary-Israel match.  I'm not going into the detail that I went into in the Norway-Israel match.  You will have to refer to the BBO file to see the hands.  Also I don't know how to put a link to a time on the video into this article, so until somebody does this you will have to find the right place on the video on your own (it isn't too difficult).  

This was an interesting match in that there were some no signals as well as a few hands where the opening leader had an obvious lead and didn't wait to get a signal.

Since I hadn't seen any hands from this match before, I was able to use the match for prediction purposes.  From watching the video without seeing the hands, I predicted what lead had been signaled for (or that the partner of the leader had no preference) unless the opening leader gave him no time to signal.  When that happened, I predicted that the opening leader had an automatic lead.  With one amusing exception all my predictions were accurate.

URL for video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CxuQHkbuoiE

URL for bbo records:

http://www.bridgebase.com/tools/handviewer.html?bbo=y&linurl=http://www.bridgebase.com/tools/vugraph_linfetch.php?id=34211

Board 1:  Time:  8:23.  Schwartz on lead.  Tray ends on Schwartz's side.  Fisher grabs the tray and starts to remove it.  But Schwartz leads before Fisher has a chance to place the board.  Schwartz has an automatic lead from AKQJx of clubs.

Board 2:  Time:  12:53.  FS declare.  Tray ends on Fisher's side.  Fisher removes tray and puts board in center of table.

Board 3:  Time:  17:02.  Fisher on lead.  Tray ends on Fisher's side.  Fisher shoves tray to Schwartz's side.  Schwartz removes tray and places board on his side of the screen (club lead).  Simultaneously with Fisher leading, Schwartz moves board to corner (heart lead).  Schwartz clearly wants heart lead.  He has opened 3 on QJ10xxx KQxx Jxx -- and got a 3NT overcall.  Fisher leads heart from x A10xxx xxxx xxx.

This was the prediction I missed.  What I think happened is that Schwartz simply made a careless mistake with his initial board placement.  He was trying to correct it, but he couldn't correct it in time.  However, Fisher had a hand where he knew a club couldn't be right anyway, so he made his more natural lead of a heart.

Board 4:  Time:  25:58.  Schwartz on lead.  Tray ends on Fisher's side.  Fisher removes tray and puts board in center of table (diamond lead).  Contract 6NT, Fisher clearly wants a diamond lead.  His hand is: 10xxx xxx KJx Jxx.  Schwartz leads a diamond from:  xx 10x 98xxx Qxxx.

Board 5:  Time:  31:32.  Fisher on lead.  Tray ends on Schwartz's side.  Schwartz doesn't act immediately.  Contract 3NT.  Schwartz has two possible suits he might choose to signal for.  Fisher leads quickly from his 5-card diamond suit.

Board 6:  Time:  44:57.  Fisher on lead.  Tray ends on Schwartz's side.  Schwartz doesn't touch the tray.  Contract 3NT.  Schwartz has:  xxx Jxx Jxxx 10xx.  Fisher waits a bit, and then leads from one of his two 4-card suits.

Board 7:  Time:  49:11.  Fisher on lead.  Tray ends on Fisher's side.  Fisher removes the tray himself, and leads.  He has an automatic lead vs. 3NT, holding 109xx in his partner's overcalled suit.

Board 8:  Time:  53:50.  FS declare.  Tray ends on Fisher's side.  Fisher removes tray and puts board in center of table.

Board 9:  Time:  1:01:52.  FS declare.  Tray ends on Fisher's side.  Fisher removes tray and puts board in center of table.

Board 10:  Time:  1:06:52.  Fisher on lead.  Tray ends on Fisher's side.  Fisher shoves tray to center of table.  3 seconds later Fisher leads.  It is an obvious lead in the suit Schwartz has shown.

Board 11:  Time:  1:15:25.  Fisher on lead.  Fisher shoves board to Schwartz's side.  Schwartz takes no action.  Contract is 2NT with Fisher having opened 1.  Schwartz holds:  KQ10 10x Q10xx J10xx.  Fisher makes normal heart from 3-5-3-2 shape.

Board 12:  Time:  1:20:15.  Schwartz on lead.  Tray ends on Schwartz's side.  Fisher grabs tray, removes it, and puts board on Schwartz's side of the screen (spade lead).  Contract 4.  Fisher clearly wants a spade lead.  Fisher holds: AJ10x Qxxx K109x.  Schwartz leads a spade from:  Qxxxx xx Kxx Jxx.

Board 13:  Time:  1:25:17.  FS declare.  Tray ends on Schwartz's side of the screen.  Fisher removes tray, and puts board in center of table.

Board 14:  Time:  1:27:59.  Schwartz on lead.  Tray ends on Schwartz's side of the screen.  Fisher grabs tray, removes it, and starts to put the board down.  Schwartz leads before Fisher has a chance to put the board down.  Schwartz has a routine spade lead vs. 1NT opening from K98xx KQx Ax Qxx.

Board 15:  Time:  1:33:33.  Fisher on lead.  Tray ends on Fisher's side of the screen.  Fisher shoves the tray to the center of the table and leads instantly.  He has an AKxx suit to lead from vs. a 5 contract.

Board 16:  Time:  1:37:09.  FS declare.  Tray ends on Schwartz's side of the screen.  Schwartz removes the tray, and puts the board in the center of the table.

 

 

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