Hands from the Bermuda Bowl Round Robin


Perusing the hand records from the 2000 Bermuda Bowl Round Robin, several deals caught my eye. Note that I had no access to the bidding records, nor to the play. Just the hands and the scoreboard. In almost all cases I ignore the bidding, also the names of the players. These are curiosities rather than interesting or instructive hands, but you may find some appeal in them. Kudos to Samuel Ieong who posted the hand records in his webpage.

Nikos Sarantakos


A good steal

Round 1, Board 9                           
Dealer: N                         
Vul: EW                           
                                  
            9                     
            A8752                 
            A643                  
            AT5                   
                                  
    AJ874           KQT5          
    9               KJ4           
    KQ2             JT97          
    KQ73            82            
                                  
            632                   
            QT63                  
            85                    
            J964                  
EW have 4S but NS of SAfrica (v China) and of France (v Canada) stole the board at 2H and made this (the French with an overtrick).



Am I missing something?

Round 2, Board 2                           
Dealer: E                         
Vul: NS                           
                                  
            KT                    
            854                   
            A9632                 
            653                   
                                  
    J753            942           
    QJT9            AK732         
    J7              KQT           
    KQT             92            
                                  
            AQ86                  
            6                     
            854                   
            AJ874                 
 
No less than eight NS teams won the bidding in some diamond contract, from 3D to 5D and all of them made either 11 or 12 tricks. Am I missing something????



19 out of 20

Round 2, Board 15                          
Dealer: S                         
Vul: NS                           
                                  
            AK954                 
            J                     
            AQ42                  
            764                   
                                  
    86              Q32           
    KT87            63            
    KJT93           865           
    Q9              AT832         
                                  
            JT7                   
            AQ9542                
            7                     
            KJ5                   
 
19 out of 20 declarers went minus at this board. For EW, down three at 3D was the most frequent minus score, usually doubled. Only six times did NS declare, and five of them were at 4S, down two. The 20th declarer was the Swedish South who bid 2H and made it with an overtrick.



Licking his chops, but...

                                 
Round 2, Board 20                          
Dealer: W                         
Vul: Both                         
                                  
            QT                    
            AQ875                 
            T9743                 
            4                     
                                  
    KJ32            8754          
    JT9642          3             
    J8              A62           
    J               QT876         
                                  
            A96                   
            K                     
            KQ5                   
            AK9532                
  
When USA1 played Australia, I presume that the bidding went 2H by the US West, four-card major and all, passed out to South who doubled. North might have been licking his chops, but in the end declarer made it two hearts doubled for 670. Pakistan EW registered 360 for 1H doubled and made with an overtrick -West opened 1H?
Note that EW made their contract with a mere 13 points, while it is very difficult for NS to score more than a partial. In fact, several were the casualties at 3NT; only Brazil made it against host Bermuda, but I presume they received a hospitable defence.



The swan

Round 4, Board 1                           
Dealer: N                         
Vul: None                         
                                  
            KQT42                 
            J                     
            T9876                 
            Q4                    
                                  
    J86             5             
    Q5              T62           
    KQ52            J43           
    KT98            A76532        
                                  
            A973                  
            AK98743               
            A                     
            J                     
 
Allegedly 7-4-1-1 hands (whose shape has been described as a swan by Culbertson, I guess) play better in the long suit but this was not the case here. Only 6 out of 20 pairs missed the slam, curiously including both US teams and Canada.




Another way to score 800

Round 4, Board 3                           
Dealer: S                         
Vul: EW                           
                                  
            KJ7                   
            AK985                 
            AKJ3                  
            T                     
                                  
    A8652           QT94          
    QJ7             642           
    T8              6             
    K53             AQ874         
                                  
            3                     
            T3                    
            Q97542                
            J962                  
 
Indonesian NS scored 800 here by making 5D redoubled. It is not obvious why the Australian E or W doubled and I don't have the bidding records, but three of his counterparts also did so. After the redouble, EW might have thought to run to 5S. This would possibly also cost 800, so at least they had found a more original way to concede this score. Chinese bid 6D despite Easley and they made it after the Poles failed to cash their aces.



SuperMoysian

Round 4, Board 8                           
Dealer: W                         
Vul: None                         
                                  
            Q97                   
            53                    
            K9853                 
            653                   
                                  
    854             KJT2          
    KQT98           AJ6           
    AJT7            Q             
    K               AQJT7         
                                  
            A63                   
            742                   
            642                   
            9842                  
 
13 of the 20 EW pairs bid slam here, but the Brazilians were the odd men out. For some reason they alighted at 6C at their 5-1 fit. No problem, they made it as well and they gained a swing against the 4H+2 recorded by the Bulgarians in the other room.



Super-super Moysian

Round 4, Board 11                          
Dealer: S                         
Vul: None                         
                                  
            K65                   
            -                     
            T9743                 
            AQJT5                 
                                  
    T98             432           
    T96             87432         
    KQ86            J5            
    872             K96           
                                  
            AQJ7                  
            AKQJ5                 
            A2                    
            43                    
 
Six clubs is doomed on a diamond lead and presumably this happened all five times it was bid, so it failed unanimously. However, three times NS elected to bid 6NT and twice this attracted a "safe" spade lead (I presume again) so it made. The Bulgarians tried to do one better than their Brazilian opponents had done at board 8 (see above), so they bid the slam in hearts, at their 5-0 fit. No chance however, they went two down.




Yarborough fit

Round 4, Board 16                          
Dealer: W                         
Vul: EW                           
                                  
            AKT                   
            QT                    
            A65                   
            98754                 
                                  
    873             96542         
    A5              9743          
    KJ97            43            
    KJT3            62            
                                  
            QJ                    
            KJ862                 
            QT82                  
            AQ                    
NS have a boringly easy 3NT and nearly all pairs bid it but in the Nordic derby between Norway and Sweden the Swedish thought it better to double EW at 1S! Declarer (presumably East) added insult to injury by making contact despite the perfect Yarborough he held; actually more than perfect since his combined trump suit was also a Yarborough.



Ten points, ten tricks


Round 5, Board 5                           
Dealer: N                         
Vul: NS                           
                                  
            K                     
            Q9652                 
            KQ652                 
            T8                    
                                  
    876             AQ932         
    K4              J83           
    A3              T             
    QJ7632          K954          
                                  
            JT54                  
            AT7                   
            J9874                 
            A                     
At three tables, this deal was passed out; at first glance this is reasonable, for each hand has the exact average of 10 high card points. At second glance, at the tables where the bidding was opened, the majority of declarers made 10 tricks, usually in diamonds by NS.



Mystery

Round 6, Board 10                          
Dealer: E                         
Vul: Both                         
                                  
            4                     
            Q852                  
            KQJ975                
            Q7                    
                                  
    KQ53            J76           
    KT9             A6            
    4               T863          
    KT986           J532          
                                  
            AT982                 
            J743                  
            A2                    
            A4                    
 
Almost all NS pairs played in hearts and made 10 tricks; the Taipei EW players managed to steal the board at 2S -and they even made it despite the trump break! (presumably South never led trumps?). Scoring -670 instead of +420 was not a good result, but the mystery is how on earth went the bidding; didn't South open 1S?



Either seven, or eleven

Round 7, Board 1                           
Dealer: N                         
Vul: None                         
                                  
            T984                  
            -                     
            T64                   
            QJT643                
                                  
    763             J2            
    AK2             T9875         
    J8753           KQ9           
    52              K87           
                                  
            AKQ5                  
            QJ643                 
            A2                    
            A9                    
 
NS won the auction at all 20 tables and usually declarer made either 7 or 11 tricks. It all comes down to North's call after South opens 1H. If he passes, then South plays 1H in his 5-0 fit, hence the 7 tricks (eight were also made in a couple of tables). If he responds 1S, he is raised to game and makes 11 tricks. Indonesians and Canadians contrived to also make 7 tricks -but in 3NT.




How do you score 980?

                                   
Round 7, Board 4                           
Dealer: W                         
Vul: Both                         
                                  
            QJ93                  
            Q3                    
            862                   
            AK84                  
                                  
    KT5             A8742         
    K542            AJ98          
    943             KT7           
    J62             3             
                                  
            6                     
            T76                   
            AQJ5                  
            QT975                 
 
How do you score 980 with the NS cards? Not by bidding a slam (you are vulnerable in any case) -against New Zealand the South Africans managed it by making 11 tricks in one notrump doubled! Five clubs, four diamonds, and perhaps two spades? Alas, we don't have the play records.



As a pancake

Round 7, Board 7                           
Dealer: S                         
Vul: Both                         
                                  
            KT652                 
            6                     
            82                    
            KJT94                 
                                  
    J4              A73           
    Q9532           AJT74         
    AJ6             QT54          
    Q87             A             
                                  
            Q98                   
            K8                    
            K973                  
            6532                  
The only interest of this board is that it perhaps is the only board in the BB where contract and score were identical at all 20 tables: 4H by EW making 650.



Bidding challenge

Round 7, Board 16                          
Dealer: W                         
Vul: EW                           
                                  
            K7653                 
            9                     
            K42                   
            QJ94                  
                                  
    J8              Q92           
    Q875            KT            
    JT987           AQ65          
    52              A873          
                                  
            AT4                   
            AJ6432                
            3                     
            KT6                   
 
After East opens 1NT how can NS play in spades? Not so easy and in fact 16 out of 20 declarers played in 2H and all but four of them went down. Spades play much better. Four NS pairs did reach spades -against weak notrumpers, I guess. They made 8, 9, or 10 tricks (this by the Australians against USA2, and they had even bid 4S! Apparently such exercices did not fare well in the long term, for Australians lost their match by 95 to 27 IMPs).



Two, three, four or five?


                                 

Round 7, Board 20                          
Dealer: W                         
Vul: Both                         
                                  
            T954                  
            A72                   
            T4                    
            A863                  
                                  
    AK7             QJ632         
    Q854            JT93          
    972             KJ3           
    Q42             5             
                                  
            8                     
            K6                    
            AQ865                 
            KJT97                 
Final contracts in this board were 2C, 3C, 4C and 5C by NS. All made 11 tricks at least. Only odd men out the Italians (3NT down 1) and the USA-2 (same but doubled).



Points, schmoints

Round 8, Board 1                           
Dealer: N                         
Vul: None                         
                                  
            K94                   
            KQT                   
            Q9                    
            AKT92                 
                                  
    JT8             A63           
    96543           -             
    AT765           KJ842         
    -               QJ653         
                                  
            Q752                  
            AJ872                 
            3                     
            874                   
  
NS have 24 points and two eight-card fits, but no game is possible because of the breaks. In contrast, EW with their 16 points can make ten tricks in diamonds and in fact it takes a trump lead to beat 5D. There were a lot of -550s in the scorecard along with a couple of -610s.



Wires crossed

Round 8, Board 12                          
Dealer: W                         
Vul: NS                           
                                  
            5                     
            T76                   
            Q9754                 
            AQ43                  
                                  
    KQ9             JT632         
    A8              9542          
    JT8             K3            
    T9876           K5            
                                  
            A874                  
            KQJ3                  
            A62                   
            J2                    
 
NS can make a low partial in hearts or one notrump, but in practice EW will find their spades and go down in 2S or higher. When USA-1 played Bulgaria, however, Nickell and Freeman (I guess) got their wires crossed over some obscure enemy call and finished in 6C. It went down 6 doubled for 1700.

Seven tricks of difference

Round 8, Board 19                          
Dealer: S                         
Vul: EW                           
                                  
            KJ73                  
            A43                   
            K92                   
            T43                   
                                  
    Q86             A954          
    86              JT95          
    QT              A84           
    KQ9652          A8            
                                  
            T2                    
            KQ72                  
            J7653                 
            J7                    
 
Several NS played this in 1NT, but their fortunes were diverse: the US-2 made it, while the Taiwanese went down three. But there extremes too: the French made but two tricks, five down -and the Italians made two overtricks, i.e. seven more than the French. Apparently the defence did not follow the same line!

Disappointment

Round 10, Board 8                           
Dealer: W                         
Vul: None                         
                                  
            JT92                  
            KT54                  
            K54                   
            63                    
                                  
    83              AQ764         
    AQ762           -             
    73              QJT2          
    JT98            KQ42          
                                  
            K5                    
            J983                  
            A986                  
            A75                   
 
Partner opens 1S, opponents go to 2H after a t/o double, you have AQ762 in their suit, so you double, right? Now you have to beat it, though -and four out of six defenders did not manage it. The score is 470.

Minor slam

Round 10, Board 14                          
Dealer: E                         
Vul: None                         
                                  
            9643                  
            T52                   
            J2                    
            9742                  
                                  
    AJT8            KQ7           
    Q9              AK87          
    K76543          Q98           
    A               863           
                                  
            52                    
            J643                  
            AT                    
            KQJT5                 
 
Six diamonds is on as cards lie, but three pairs who played at 3NT went down. The majority were in a sensible 5D.



Yet another minor slam

Round 11, Board 16                          
Dealer: W                         
Vul: EW                           
                                  
            8                     
            AQJ9732               
            4                     
            AQ96                  
                                  
    QT97532         J6            
    T6              K84           
    A97             KQT63         
    J               742           
                                  
            AK4                   
            5                     
            J852                  
            KT853                 
 
Another swan here (see round 4 above) and again it proved more advantageous to play in the 4-card suit. Given that West will probably open 3S it becomes devilishly difficult to find the cold 6C. No wonder that 18 out of 20 NS pairs played at 4 (or 5) hearts. Kudos to USA-2 and South Africa who found the club slam.



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