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Switching North-South and East-West for the last 2 rounds of a Pairs competition

This is a slightly different query to Barry Rogoff's question at


In Major Pairs Competitions in Ireland, the directors usually switch North-South and East-West orientation for the last 2 rounds in each session. This means that all North-Souths play the same hands, but usually play four of the hands in a different direction to the other North-Souths. This introduces a further random element into the competition. Is anyone aware of a statistical or other reason for this change of orientation?

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