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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
QJ4
KJ1084
Q984
6
Wooldridge
632
A97
K107
K1073
Dwyer
AK10975
Q62
A5
AJ
Hurd
8
53
J632
Q98542
W
N
E
S
P
P
1
X
3
4
P
6
P
P
P
D
11
6 West
NS: 0 EW: 0
7
5
J
Q
0
0
1
J
7
2
3
0
0
2
4
A
6
5
1
1
2
12 tricks claimed
E/W +980
3

This time it was Dwyer-Lee who bid slam. Wooldridge could have defeated 6 with a spade lead, but he didn't find it. 11 IMPs to DWYER, who won the segment 45-32 to lead by 19 going into the last set.

With one segment to go, the scores stood:

NICKELL 189 - MELTZER 136

DIAMOND 210 - WOLD 205

FIREMAN 178 - DWYER 197

HARRIS 224 - ROSENTHAL 228

In the final set, NICKELL was never threatened, and it won by 50, 209-159.

In all three other matches, it came down to the last board:

Berkowitz
53
AJ10982
Q
AQ63
Barron
Q8
A98753
K10942
Sontag
AKJ10
43
KJ64
J85
Lo
97642
KQ765
102
7
W
N
E
S
1
1
P
2
P
P
X
P
2
P
3NT
P
P
P
D
30
3NT West
NS: 0 EW: 0
5
4
10
Q
0
0
1
3
K
5
7
1
1
1
9
J
4
6
2
1
2
3
7
J
3
0
1
3
5
8
10
7
2
1
4
4
6
10
7
0
1
5
3
Q
A
2
2
1
6
11 tricks claimed
E/W +460
7

DIAMOND led by 10 IMPs going into Board 30, but Jacobus and Passell had a strong result: they bid and made 4. If WOLD could go plus in the other room, they would tie or win. However, Compton overcalled 1 with 1 on the South cards, and Grainger wound up in 2 doubled as North. That had no prayer of making and in practice failed by three tricks. That was 2 IMPs to DIAMOND, winning by 12.

FIREMAN had a strong start of the session and led by 18 with four boards remaining, but DWYER closed the gap to 8. On the final deal, Demuy-Kranyak went for 800 in 2 doubled as North-South, meaning that Hurd and Wooldridge needed to score at least 450 to tie the match. That was impossible when the defense got its club ruff, and when Hurd misguessed trumps, he was down one, and DWYER won by 5. If Hurd had made 4FIREMAN still would have lost by 1.

HARRIS and ROSENTHAL were tied going into the last board, and both tables reached 3NT by West, so the match hinged on an overtrick. Harris received a club lead and was always in position to make five, but Berkowitz got a diamond lead, and the defense could hold him to four (click NEXT to follow the play in the diagram), but it failed to. A push at +460 left the match tied, leading to eight overtime boards.

HARRIS took a 16-0 lead over the first two boards, but ROSENTHAL answered with back-to-back 10-imp swings to take the lead. The next three boards were flat. On the last deal, the defense had four top tricks against 4 but if they did not cash them, they would go away. ROSENTHAL made an unsuccessful lead, while HARRIS got the cashout right to advance to the semifinals.

 

Tomorrow's USA1 matches:

#1 NICKELL vs. #4 HARRIS

#2 DIAMOND vs. #3 DWYER


Tomorrow's USA2 matches:

#5 ROSENTHAL vs. #11 IVATURY

#6 FIREMAN vs. #12 FLEISHER

#7 SIMSON vs. #9 WOLD

#8 MELTZER vs. #10 MAHAFFEY

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