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USA 1 vs Brazil
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The Bermuda Bowl is underway, and the first match proved not to disappoint. After a few mundane hands came this grand slam:

Campos
KQJ842
Q105
K864
Kranyak
85
A53
KJ932
532
Villas-Boas
742
10976
876
1097
Wolpert
AKQJ10963
A4
AQJ
W
N
E
S
P
P
2
3
4
5
5NT
P
6
P
7
P
P
P
D
5
7 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
K
A
10
J
1
1
0
5
2
A
2
3
2
0
K
4
8
4
3
3
0
Q
8
2
7
3
4
0
J
6
2
6
3
5
0
10
8
3
9
3
6
0
9
Q
3
7
3
7
0
6
J
3
9
3
8
0
3
5
5
7
3
9
0
A
4
5
10
3
10
0
A
10
9
6
3
11
0
4
Q
K
7
1
12
0
J
8
Q
K
1
13
0
N/S +2210
13

After partner's 4 bid, 7 was a strong possibility, but Wolpert had little room to explore. He tried what was probably an undiscussed 5NT bid. Over 6 he went ahead and bid 7. After the K lead, his first chance was to test trumps to see if they broke 2-1, in which case he could ruff a diamond. When trumps went 0-3, he decided to run all of his trumps to tighten up the position. There was a possible squeeze and a choice of 2 finesses. West pitched a diamond, so there ended up not being a guess in the end.

At the other table they reached the same contract and the same end position, but Bathurst stiffed his K and kept 3 diamonds. Declarer wasn't fooled and dropped the stiff K to make 7.

The next hand, board 5, also offered a good slam, but neither pair could diagnose it. Bathurst and Dwyer got close, but it was hard for Dwyer to know he had the right 2 points.

Bathurst
AK52
KQJ653
AK8
Chagas
AK2
J
A98
Q107543
Dwyer
1087643
Q10874
62
Brum
QJ95
963
10742
J9
W
N
E
S
 
P
P
1
2
P
P
X
P
3
P
4
P
4
P
5
P
P
P
D
6
5 West
NS: 0 EW: 0

Campos and Villas-Boas playing a natural system settled for game:

W
N
E
S
P
P
1
2
P
P
2
P
4
P
P
P

 

On Board 7 Bathurst and Dwyer bid a vulnerable game that required a friendly, but normal, K lead from KQ10xx, to pick up 10 for USA 1.

Then Wolpert made a doubled major-suit game on a trump coup to pick up another 11 IMPs when his teammates saved for down 1 at the other table. After the defenders tap the dummy it looks like he has to lose a trump, but he was able to ruff 2 diamonds in hand and cross to dummy in the 2-card ending.

West
KJ942
KJ543
A72
Kranyak
J76
108
A10872
KQ10
East
K543
AQ7
Q96
J95
Wolpert
AQ10982
653
8643
W
N
E
S
1
P
2
2
3
4
X
P
P
P
D
8
4X South
NS: 0 EW: 0
A
10
J
4
0
0
1
2
8
A
3
2
0
2
Q
5
K
10
0
0
3
J
6
7
6
1
1
3
J
3
8
3
1
2
3
7
4
2
4
1
3
3
2
9
9
5
3
4
3
3
2
Q
5
1
5
3
A
6
6
J
1
6
3
8
Q
10
K
3
7
3
8
7
K
9
1
8
3
10 tricks claimed
N/S +590
11

After another push it was the Brazilians' turn to strike back.

Campos
AK753
753
KQ10
104
Kranyak
J1082
AQ108
9652
9
Villas-Boas
Q9
KJ92
7
KQJ763
Wolpert
64
64
AJ843
A852
W
N
E
S
1
1
2
2
P
3
3NT
X
P
P
P
D
10
3NTX West
NS: 0 EW: 0
5
7
A
10
3
1
0
4
K
2
2
0
1
1
10
9
3
2
0
1
2
4
8
K
A
3
2
2
6
3
10
Q
2
2
3
Q
5
3
6
2
2
4
J
8
5
10
2
2
5
7
3
7
9
2
2
6
6
4
5
Q
2
2
7
9
4
K
2
0
2
8
A
8
9
6
0
2
9
Q
J
J
8
0
2
10
7
A
K
J
1
3
10
E/W +950
13

Kranyak thought the cards might not be sitting well for the Brazilians, and risked a double of their freely bid game, but he was mistaken as they chalked up an overtrick. The double ended up not costing much as his teammates were minus 200 in 3. 15 IMPs to Brazil.

 

A couple hands later came another high-level decision at both tables. 

As East you hold: 

East
KQ
AQ987
J87542
W
N
E
S
1
2
4
4NT
5
?

What if partner bid 5 instead of 4NT? 

Would you and your partner know the difference between these two bids?

In one room Campos bid 5, and, over 5, Villas-Boas elected to bid 6, doubled by Wolpert.

At the other table, Bathurst chose 4NT, and over 5, Dwyer doubled.

Bidding on proved to be the winner as this was the full deal:

West
95
43
9865
AQ1093
North
AJ1073
KJ1052
AK2
East
KQ
AQ987
J87542
South
8642
6
QJ10743
K6
W
N
E
S
P
1
2
4
4NT
5
X
P
P
P
D
12
5X North
NS: 0 EW: 0
7
6
Q
3
1
1
0
A
Q
2
5
1
2
0
J
K
4
9
2
2
1
11 tricks claimed
N/S +850
3

Both contracts were makable, and even though declarer went down 1 in 6-X after misguessing trumps, that was still 13 IMPs to BRAZIL. A power outage at the WBF server room in Bali disrupted the last two boards of the Vugraph, but neither resulted in a significant swing.

 At match end, BRAZIL won, 37 to 28, which was converted to 12.55- 7.45 VPs.

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