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Last Board of Cavendish

On the last board of the Cavendish, the long-time leaders, van Prooijen-Verhees were NS and defended 3NT against Delle Cave - Golfarelli and scored -600 for -98 field IMPs.  On that same board, T Bessis-Meckstroth were EW and played 1NT and scored +120 for a +1 field IMPs.  As a consequence of that result on the last board, Bessis-Meckstroth won the event by a total of fewer than 3 IMPs.

So ... what transpired at the vP-V table?  I had asked that question in a prior post.  A private message from a subscriber to Bridge Winners has just answered me.  Given the importance of the result and the timing of the result, I am sharing what I was informed.

West
Q73
853
Q73
AQ73
North
A5
KJ10642
A8
1094
East
KJ82
AQ9
1054
KJ5
South
10964
7
KJ962
862
D

The 7 was led to the T and won by the Q.  Four rounds of clubs followed.  At Trick 6 a spade was led from dummy.  When vP rose with the A, declarer had three spade tricks to add to the four clubs and two hearts.

Needless to say, vP-V must have played great to have been in position to win such a prestigious event.  Losing on the last board must have been as heartbreaking to them, as it was joyous to their fellow experts, the winners of Bessis and Meckstroth.

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