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USBF Finals 1st Segment Recap

A Lot of imps were swung in the first set with 3 big slam hands and lots of close games.   The Diamond team takes the early lead 45-28 over Fleisher.

On the first board of the match, Greco and hampson bid the following aggressive slam:

Hampson
AJ1085
A7543
KQ2
Levin
J832
962
Q96
A83
Greco
KQ1074
K743
10754
Weinstein
A965
Q
KJ1082
J96
W
N
E
S
P
P
1
1
X
4
P
4
P
5
P
6
P
P
P
D
1
6 West
NS: 0 EW: 0
6
K
Q
5
2
0
1
4
6
K
A
1
1
1
2
3
J
8
0
1
2
3
6
4
2
2
1
3
K
A
10
2
0
1
4
A
9
4
8
0
1
5
4
Q
7
10
2
1
6
11 tricks claimed
E/W -50
7

Levin's well timed trump lead and the A sitting offide left this contract no chance to make, the other room played a routine 4 and made 5.  11 Imps for Fleisher

Three boards later arrived a monster swing, Levin and Weinstein bid the following slam...

Hampson
10942
J
QJ1083
J62
Levin
85
AQ965
A2
A753
Greco
KJ
8732
976
Q1094
Weinstein
AQ763
K104
K54
K8
W
N
E
S
 
P
1
P
1
P
2
P
3
P
3N
P
4
P
4
P
4
P
4N
P
5
P
5
P
6
P
6
P
P
P
D
4
6 North
NS: 0 EW: 0
2
4
J
A
1
1
0
5
J
Q
2
3
2
0
A
4
8
K
3
3
0
3
9
9
9
1
4
0
5
3
10
3
3
5
0
4
10
A
6
1
6
0
2
7
K
8
3
7
0
5
J
6
7
2
7
1
8
K
10 tricks claimed
N/S -200
9

After Levin ruffed a with the 9 he continued on a path he had made for himself before the hand, rather than re-evaluating his current position.  At this point he could have just gone to dummy and drawn some trumps, concede a and claim, unfortunately for team Fleisher.  This board swung 13 imps to the Diamond team, though the swing felt bigger as if this slam had made it would have been 13 to Fleisher 26 IMPS difference.

 

That huge swing combined with the one highlighted in this article  Finals Slam Opening Lead could have changed the direction of this set in an extreme way.

On Board 9, though there was only a tiny swing, there was quite a lot of action.

Fleisher
KQ5
AQ92
J104
A42
Diamond
1043
K764
AKQ63
9
Kamil
AJ8
1083
7
KJ10876
Platnick
9762
J5
9852
Q53
W
N
E
S
1
P
1
1NT
X
3NT
P
P
P
D
9
3NT West
NS: 0 EW: 0
K
7
2
4
1
1
0
Q
3
5
10
1
2
0
4
8
J
Q
0
2
1
2
9
K
3
2
2
2
J
5
4
11 tricks claimed
E/W +660
5
Hampson
KQ5
AQ92
J104
A42
Levin
1043
K764
AKQ63
9
Greco
AJ8
1083
7
KJ10876
Weinstein
9762
J5
9852
Q53
W
N
E
S
 
1
P
P
X
P
3
P
3
P
3
P
3N
P
5
P
P
P
D
9
5 East
NS: 0 EW: 0
5
J
Q
7
1
1
0
K
6
8
4
2
1
1
K
3
2
9
2
1
2
J
5
4
4
2
1
3
7
Q
A
3
0
1
4
5
3
J
2
2
1
5
3
5
9
K
1
2
5
11 tricks claimed
E/W +600
7

The 3nt contract was doomed to fail as NS had 5 cashing tricks.  When north lead the K his partner was by agreement supposed to unblock an honor if he has one, if not to give him upside down count.  His low signified an even # of cards.   When North cashed his 2nd trick, south failed to rid himself of the 9 or 8, making it so the suit blocks.   North realizing the suit blocked or that declarer has all of the remaining decided to shift to a .  At this point declarer was still forced to guess the , though he had a lot of information and correctly finessed south for the queen to make his contract.

In the other room EW reached a far superior 5 contract which doesn't have to worry about the problem.  They still however need to solve the suit.  The auction at first seemed to SCREAM that the Q was with north, with south passing the opening bid of 1.   Declarer however worked out that if all the points were with north that he would have opened a strong NT.  He made an extremely alert play and was rewarded with only a 2 IMP loss.  Very well done to Geoff Hampson.

 

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