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USA1 Round of 8, Day 2

The USA1 Round of 8 entered its second day with three close matches and one not-so-close match. HARRIS led ROSENTHAL by 52 IMPs, but ROSENTHAL put together two crushing sets, and led by 27 with 30 boards to play. The seventh segment was good for HARRIS, though, and they closed the gap to 4 IMPs with one set to play.

The NICKELL-MELTZER match started close but after a tied segment, NICKELL pulled away somewhat and led by 53 going into the final stanza.

DIAMOND started with a small lead over WOLD and extended it in the fifth segment. WOLD turned the tables in the sixth, but DIAMOND was back up by 4 after seven.

FIREMAN vs. DWYER was deadly close at the half, after five, and after six. The seventh segment was action-packed. On one early board, both DWYER pairs had disasters, going for 500 and 1400, sending 18 IMPs to FIREMAN. On the very next board. Demuy-Kranyak took what was technically a phantom sacrifice. Down two or three morphed into down one (with a possibility of a make), and to add icing to the cake, the defense failed to defeat 3NT at the other table, so FIREMAN picked up another 11 IMPs.

After that, DWYER won double-digit swings in rapid succession on three slam boards. First:

Demuy
A106
53
AK85
J975
Becker
KJ82
64
Q976
K43
Kranyak
Q95
AKQJ72
J102
A
Kamil
743
1098
43
Q10862
W
N
E
S
 
1
P
1
P
1N
P
2
P
2
P
3
P
3N
P
4
P
4
P
6
P
P
P
D
8
6 East
NS: 0 EW: 0
3
6
K
5
1
1
0
3
A
2
5
2
1
1
A
8
3
4
2
1
2
K
9
5
6
2
1
3
Q
10
5
6
2
1
4
Q
4
10
2
2
1
5
9
7
A
8
0
1
6
7
4
11 tricks claimed
E/W -50
8

Demuy-Kranyak had a slight misunderstanding about how strong a slam-try East was making. Declarer eventually relied on the Q onside and went down one. That was 11 IMPs to DWYER when they played game at the other table. Next:

Demuy
Q10932
K852
A32
10
Becker
AJ754
1097
105
KJ9
Kranyak
6
AQ643
KJ8
A842
Kamil
K8
J
Q9764
Q7653
W
N
E
S
 
P
1
P
2N
P
3
P
3
P
3
P
3
P
3N
P
4
P
4
P
5
P
6
P
P
P
D
9
6 East
NS: 0 EW: 0
3
10
K
A
2
0
1
4
6
2
9
0
0
2
2
7
6
8
3
1
2
5
5
J
2
0
1
3
3
5
3
K
2
1
4
8
7
K
4
0
1
5
8
9
A
J
2
1
6
Q
4
10 tricks claimed
E/W -200
8

Again, Demuy and Kranyak reached slam when their counterparts did not. At double-dummy declarer can make, but single-dummy is another question. When Becker ducked the first round of spades to Kamil, declarer had no shot as the cards lay and he went down two. 13 more IMPs away. After a one-board respite: 

Lee
QJ