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After 6 of 8 sessions of the Bermuda Bowl final, FRANCE led USA2 205-186. The 7th set was wild, with 5 double-digit swings. Some of the highlights:

West
K
9832
J876
KQ65
North
QJ1097432
A
A4
102
East
A85
KQ10764
K
A43
South
6
J5
Q109532
J987
W
N
E
S
1
1
X
4
P
P
X
P
P
P
D
2
4X North
NS: 0 EW: 0
K
2
6
A
1
1
0
Q
A
6
K
2
1
1
Q
5
2
A
1
2
1
10 tricks claimed
N/S +790
3

A defensive accident by Grue-Moss allowed 4X to make. The other table played 5X by East, down 1 when the J got promoted. 12 IMPs to FRANCE.


The next board saw another pickup for FRANCE.

West
743
A943
105
K1095
North
K102
QJ872
A
AQ63
East
AJ98
K65
K98743
South
Q65
10
QJ62
J8742
W
N
E
S
P
P
1
2
P
P
X
P
3
X
P
P
P
D
3
3X South
NS: 0 EW: 0
10
A
9
2
1
1
0
2
K
10
3
2
1
1
5
2
4
7
3
2
1
6
5
3
3
1
3
1
8
6
4
9
3
4
1
5
7
K
A
2
4
2
K
J
4
6
1
5
2
J
4
7
A
3
6
2
8
5
Q
7
1
7
2
A
8
J
9
1
8
2
Q
8
6
10
0
8
3
K
2
9
Q
0
8
4
3
10
J
Q
3
9
4
N/S +470
13

3 couldn't be touched. The other table played 3NT by South, down 1. 11 IMPs.


Grue-Moss struck back on the next board, bidding a pushy slam:

West
J4
QJ875
Q1042
J9
North
Q107
64
KJ653
KQ6
East
AK986
AK3
A7
A52
South
532
1092
98
108743
W
N
E
S
 
P
P
2
P
2
P
2
P
2
P
2N
P
3
P
3
P
3
P
3N
P
4
P
4N
P
5
P
5
P
5
P
6
P
P
P
D
4
6 East
NS: 0 EW: 0
2
J
Q
A
2
0
1
7
9
10
J
1
1
1
K
A
3
9
2
1
2
K
2
5
4
2
1
3
A
10
7
6
2
1
4
3
9
Q
3
0
1
5
8
7
5
10
0
1
6
4
10
12 tricks claimed
E/W +1430
8

South led a spade, and when North later pitched a spade declarer couldn't go wrong. 13 IMPs to USA2.

After 3 pushes came a grand slam swing.

West
QJ5
AK108
A
QJ1054
North
10873
9764
83
976
East
A92
Q
KQ10954
AK2
South
K64
J532
J762
83
W
N
E
S
 
1
P
1
P
1
P
2
P
3N
P
4
P
4
P
4N
P
5
P
5N
P
6
P
7N
P
P
P
D
8
7NT West
NS: 0 EW: 0
8
A
6
5
2
0
1
4
7
A
3
0
0
2
4
7
A
3
2
0
3
K
2
J
8
2
0
4
Q
6
Q
3
2
0
5
Q
2
8
4
2
0
6
K
8
5
6
2
0
7
2
4
Q
9
0
0
8
J
6
5
J
0
0
9
10
7
9
K
0
0
10
12 tricks claimed
E/W -50
10

7NT is an excellent contract, especially if it were played by East, needing either the diamonds 3-3, the J doubleton or singleton, the J tripleton or less, the K onside, or a squeeze. From the West side, the spade lead broke up any squeeze chances and declarer was never going to finesse at trick 1. With the red suits not behaving, 7NT was doomed. Grue-Moss's relay auction in the other room got them to the even better 7, which allowed declarer to ruff out the diamonds and was untouchable. Virtue was rewarded, with 16 IMPs to USA2.


Another swing from Grue-Moss's table came a few boards later:

West
QJ9843
Q97
KJ9
J
North
A1072
106543
AQ98
East
K6
AJ82
A7
107632
South
5
K106543
Q82
K54
W
N
E
S
1
1
2
P
2
P
P
X
XX
P
P
P
D
14
2XX East
NS: 0 EW: 0
5
9
2
6
0
0
1
3
7
K
6
2
0
2
2
3
7
10
1
1
2
A
2
4
4
1
2
2
A
3
4
J
1
3
2
8
6
5
8
0
3
3
Q
9 tricks claimed
E/W +840
7

840 gave 12 IMPs to USA2 when the other table played a pedestrian 2 making 3.


USA2 got the better of 3 of the 5 big swings, and a few smaller swings towards the end, giving them a 55-27 victory for the set and a 9 IMP lead with 1 session to play. 

Martel-Fleisher subbed in for USA2 in the final set, playing against Bessis-Volcker. Lorenzini-Quantin came in for FRANCE, playing against Grue-Moss.

Things started relatively quietly. Then board 21:

West
QJ975
852
J6
1092
North
9764
K1092
KQJ63
East
86432
A3
Q43
A87
South
AK10
KQJ10
A875
54
W
N
E
S
P
1
X
4
4NT
P
5
P
P
P
D
21
5 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
2
4
A
10
2
0
1
3
K
8
6
3
1
1
5
6
K
3
1
2
1
K
A
5
2
2
2
2
8
4
9
J
1
3
2
2
4
A
J
3
4
2
10 tricks claimed
N/S -100
6

Grue's light opening bid and Moss's preemptive 4, coupled with Quantin's surprising decision not to overcal 1NT, put Lorenzini under pressure. The winning decision was double, as that would likely collect 800. His 4NT seems normal given his partner's takeout double, but unfortunately that led to a minus result in 5. When East passed in the other room, E-W never entered the auction and N-S had no problem getting to 4 after a Stayman auction. 13 IMPs to USA2.


FRANCE fired back on the very next board. 

West
K9876
76
A75
1032
North
AQJ
QJ842
92
874
East
53
A10953
QJ10
Q95
South
1042
K
K8643
AKJ6
W
N
E
S
P
1
P
1
P
2
P
2NT
P
3NT
P
P
P
D
22
3NT North
NS: 0 EW: 0
5
K
7
4
3
1
0
3
7
9
10
2
1
1
5
2
K
A
1
2
1
2
J
K
A
0
2
2
6
Q
10
4
1
3
2
Q
3
4
9
1
4
2
J
3
10
6
1
5
2
8
5
J
2
3
6
2
A
3
4
9
3
7
2
K
10
7
Q
3
8
2
6
5
2
9
3
9
2
9 tricks claimed
N/S +400
11

3NT is a touchy contract, which wasn't reached at the other table. (They stopped in 2, and went down 1.) With the K and Q onside and both minors 3-3 declarer had no chance to go wrong. He started by ducking a diamond; Grue won and played a spade to the K and A. Declarer led a diamond to the K and A. When a heart came back, covered by North, Grue played the T, concealing the 3, suggesting to declarer that hearts were 4-3, and that he couldn't afford to lose another trick to West. After long thought, he cashed his spades and relied on the clubs. An interesting problem, but today there were no wrong answers. 10 IMPs to FRANCE.


Two boards later came an opening lead problem:

West
K10974
94
AQ873
4
W
N
E
S
1
P
3
X
4
P
P
5
P
P
P

Your lead.

Moss led a spade. In the other room, after the auction went P-P-P-2; 2-P-4-5, Volcker led his singleton club. Today the spade was the big winner.

West
K10974
94
AQ873
4
North
Q3
J3
1062
Q108653
East
J8652
K
J95
K972
South
A
AQ1087652
K4
AJ
W
N
E
S
1
P
3
X
4
P
P
5
P
P
P
D
24
5 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
4
Q
5
A
3
1
0
A
9
3
K
3
2
0
A
4
3
7
3
3
0
J
4
5
2
0
3
1
K
3
2
2
3
4
1
5
3
J
6
1
5
1
2
5
K
A
0
5
2
10 tricks claimed
N/S -50
7

With the K falling, declarer had an entry to the dummy with the J. Placing the K with West (the Q was not covered at trick 1) and having seen East's K, declarer had to determine how the remaining 11 HCP were divided. He could use the J entry to finesse in either minor -- clubs looks more promising, and would have been the winner today -- or he could save the J and set up the clubs. He chose to play West for the K, playing A and J. Not a success. The club lead in the other room solved declarer's problem for him. 11 IMPs to USA1.


On board 28, 22 IMPs swung on a finesse.

West
J64
K5
KQJ5
KQ53
North
K875
2
96432
A62
East
AQ109
AQJ84
A10
94
South
32
109763
87
J1087
W
N
E
S
1NT
P
2
P
2
P
3
P
3NT
P
4NT
P
P
P
D
28
4NT West
NS: 0 EW: 0
5
9
3
J
0
0
1
6
7
10
2
2
0
2
4
3
K
2
0
0
3
4
8
Q
7
2
0
4
A
8
3
K
2
0
5
12 tricks claimed
E/W +490
5

6NT basically needs the K onside (or possibly the A onside, no spade lead, and hearts not 5-1). Today the king was sitting right for FRANCE, 11 IMPs.

USA2 was up 19 IMPs with 2 boards to play; FRANCE needed some interesting hands. The Great Shuffler obliged.

You'd like to be in 6 here looking at both hands. Would you get there?

West
A
AJ10732
Q83
K85
North
J1084
8
A6
Q109762
East
K972
K954
K94
AJ
South
Q653
Q6
J10752
43
W
N
E
S
 
P
1
P
1N
P
2
P
2
P
3
P
3
P
3
P
3
P
4
P
4
P
5
P
5
P
P
P
D
31
5 West
NS: 0 EW: 0
A
4
2
3
1
1
0
10
J
3
5
2
1
1
4
6
A
8
0
1
2
12 tricks claimed
E/W +480
3

Grue-Moss sniffed at it, settling in 5; Bessis-Volcker didn't even sniff. So it was a push at 480, virtually ending the match.


The last board was still fascinating:

West
AJ43
A2
KQJ9
J95
North
965
KQJ10
1032
1062
East
KQ1082
9
A76
AK87
South
7
876543
854
Q43
W
N
E
S
 
1N
P
2
P
2N
P
4
P
4
P
4N
P
5
P
5N
P
7
P
P
P
D
32
7 West
NS: 0 EW: 0
6
2
7
A
0
0
1
3
5
K
4
2
0
2
Q
3
J
9
2
0
3
10
5
4
K
2
0
4
A
4
9
2
2
0
5
6
5
K
3
0
0
6
Q
10
7
8
0
0
7
J
2
7
6
0
0
8
5
6
8
Q
3
1
8
12 tricks claimed
E/W -100
9

The winning spot is 7. Robson-Gold got there in the Transnationals. If Bessis-Volcker had gotten there, it would have been 19 IMPs and tied the match. FRANCE only lost 4 matches in the round-robin, but one was to USA2, so the tie-break was owned by USA2. Grue-Moss bid the ill-fated 7, sending 17 IMPs to FRANCE, just enough for the loss to be really devastating.


Thanks and congratulations to both teams. It was a great and exciting match. A big hoorah to my friends on USA2. Well done!

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