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Diamond wins Spingold by 3 imps

Final score: Diamond 118 Meltzer 115. Sontag was too high and vulnerable on a part score hand on board 63 and Moss found the double for -800 and the match.

The Fantunes bid and made a slam missing an Ace and King fifth of trump on board 55 while Gittelman used RKC and stayed out of it. That gave the lead to Meltzer for most of the match.

Here is the underpar slam bid and made by the Fantunes:

Fantoni
AQ8
9832
K107
K63
Hampson
4
K64
A83
1098752
Nunes
KJ976
AQJ5
J
AQ4
Greco
10532
107
Q96542
J
W
N
E
S
 
P
P
P
1
P
2
P
2
P
2N
P
3
P
3
P
3
P
4
P
4
P
4
P
6
P
P
P
D
55
6 West
NS: 0 EW: 0
A
J
2
7
1
1
0
10
4
J
K
0
1
1
2
4
Q
7
2
1
2
6
2
A
4
0
1
3
3
6
J
10
2
1
4
12 tricks claimed
E/W +1430
5

Here is a hand defended superbly by Hampson and Greco to beat a vulnerable game. However they lost 3 imps because their teammates played from the other side and on a diamond lead to the king and ace, South was able to get 2 ruffs.

Fantoni
A9
KQJ876
65
KJ9
Hampson
10852
93
Q107
A842
Nunes
QJ6
A2
K43
Q10765
Greco
K743
1054
AJ982
3
W
N
E
S
P
1NT
P
2
P
2
P
4
P
P
P
D
61
4 East
NS: 0 EW: 0
3
K
A
5
1
1
0
10
K
A
5
3
2
0
8
6
Q
3
1
3
0
2
9 tricks claimed
E/W -100
4

Here is the hand where Sontag went for 800. What would have happened had he pitched a diamond on the K?

The commentators criticized Berkowitz's preference to 3. They preferred a pass of 3 since that would likely not get doubled as West had already passed it. Besides the oppponents would not know there was no fit while bidding 3 exposes that. Sontag was known to have a limited hand since they play a strong club system. Still full credit to Moss for finding the double, and to Fred for the innovative balancing 1NT.

Moss
K1065
K62
K105
J93
Berkowitz
43
74
QJ86
Q7652
Gitelman
Q9
953
432
AK1084
Sontag
AJ872
AQJ108
A97
W
N
E
S
1
P
P
1NT
3
P
3
P
P
X
P
P
P
D
63
3X South
NS: 0 EW: 0
5
Q
4
9
1
1
0
4
3
Q
K
0
1
1
J
2
4
2
3
2
1
7
5
3
9
2
2
2
A
8
9
5
3
3
2
A
6
4
Q
3
4
2
A
2
7
5
3
5
2
J
6
6
9
3
6
2
8
10
6
3
0
6
3
K
8
2
J
0
6
4
6 tricks claimed
N/S -800
10

Remember that at this point Brad and Fred did not know the actual score or that their counterparts in the other room bid and made a slam off 2 keycards. We learned after the match that Brad and Fred thought they were down about 5 at this point and needed one more swing.

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