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NICKELL wins the 2012 USBC: Final Segment Recap
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The NICKELL vs. DIAMOND USBC final has been a back-and-forth affair for 2 full days. Going into the 8th and final segment NICKELL led by 30 (240-210). Brad Moss then picked up this hand:

North
10973
6
AK982
A86
W
N
E
S
2
P
P
3
P
P
?

Would you have reopened with a double? Moss did, and collected 500 which translated into an 11 IMP pick-up, when the other table went down one in 2 with the NS cards. Here was the full deal:

Zia
K64
QJ832
J753
9
Moss
10973
6
AK982
A86
Hamman
A82
K
Q104
K75432
Gitelman
QJ5
A109754
6
QJ10
W
N
E
S
2
P
P
3
P
P
X
P
P
P
D
107
3X East
NS: 0 EW: 0
6
3
K
Q
1
1
0
A
10
4
5
1
2
0
8
4
Q
7
3
3
0
Q
4
3
A
2
3
1
K
A
2
6
3
4
1
5
K
7
8
0
4
2
9
6
K
10
2
4
3
2
J
3
8
3
5
3
6 tricks claimed
E/W -500
8

 

On the next board Geoff Hampson psyched a 1 opening bid:

Hampson
J9
94
Q543
98532
Rodwell
AQ865
6532
A962
Greco
K73
AK10
107
AJ1076
Meckstroth
1042
QJ87
KJ8
KQ4
W
N
E
S
1
P
2
P
P
X
P
2
P
P
P
D
108
2 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
J
Q
K
4
2
0
1
7
2
9
A
1
1
1
2
K
7
4
2
1
2
J
Q
9
2
3
2
2
J
9
3
A
2
2
3
10
10 tricks claimed
N/S +170
6

Unfortunately for him, Meckwell stayed low going +170, while Hampson's teammates went down 3 vulnerable in 3NT when the diamond finesse lost through the 1NT overcaller. If the diamond finesse won they would have made 3NT and picked up 10 IMPs instead of losing 10.

Each side had a few small swings. Then DIAMOND picked up 12 IMPs with 3 boards to go on this hand:

Hampson
AKJ10873
J5
1052
3
Rodwell
Q9
KQ72
73
KQ1086
Greco
62
A10943
K6
AJ74
Meckstroth
54
86
AQJ984
952
W
N
E
S
1
2
4
P
P
P
D
118
4 West
NS: 0 EW: 0
7
6
Q
2
3
1
0
A
5
3
K
3
2
0
J
10
9
3
1
3
0
K
A
5
3
2
3
1
2
4
A
Q
0
3
2
3
8
6
5
2
3
3
4
2
7
6
0
3
4
K
2
4
8
0
3
5
J
10
9
4
0
3
6
10
7
7
9
0
3
7
8
Q
J
10 tricks claimed
E/W +620
11

At one table Eric Rodwell led a diamond. Jeff Meckstroth needed to find a very difficult shift to a club or heart, but instead he played two more rounds of diamonds allowing his partner to score a ruff immediately. Now, the count was rectified and with the opening bid pointing the way, Hampson squeezed Rodwell in hearts/clubs for his 10th trick. At the other table Moss, led the K. Declarer, Zia, ducked the 1st trick, but the defense played 3 rounds of diamonds for a quick down 1.

West
AKJ10873
J5
1052
3
North
Q9
KQ72
73
KQ1086
East
62
A10943
K6
AJ74
South
54
86
AQJ984
952
W
N
E
S
1
P
4
P
P
P
D
118
4 West
NS: 0 EW: 0
K
4
2
3
1
1
0
7
K
A
5
3
2
0
Q
2
3
6
3
3
0
J
10
9
3
1
4
0
6
A
5
5
2
4
1
2
4
A
Q
0
4
2
9 tricks claimed
E/W -100
6

The lead was down to 14 with two to go.

 

On board 119 both tables bid to a 34-point 6NT that had almost no play.

Hampson
AJ
QJ3
AK9
J7653
Rodwell
97
109762
108762
8
Greco
KQ10
AK5
Q543
A94
Meckstroth
865432
84
J
KQ102
W
N
E
S
P
1NT
P
4
P
6
P
6NT
P
P
P
D
119
6NT West
NS: 0 EW: 0
10
A
4
3
2
0
1
3
J
K
6
0
0
2
A
2
4
2
0
0
3
J
7
K
3
2
0
4
4
Q
3
8
3
1
4
5
A
9
10
0
1
5
5
11 tricks claimed
E/W -100
7

The other table had a simple 1NT-6NT auction. DIAMOND picked up 3 for going down 1 less, to cut the lead to 11. Unfortunately for them and the spectators, the last board was a boring part-score on which NICKELL actually picked up 5 more. The DIAMOND team battled hard and fierce, but came up just a bit short. 

Congratulations to the NICKELL team on their victory and the right to represent the U.S. in Lille at the World Bridge Games. This is the same team that won the 2009 Bermuda Bowl in Sao Paolo. Let's see if they can add one more title before the team changes next cycle.

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