Hands from the Bermuda Bowl Round Robin


This is the second part of the report, covering rounds 12 to 19 of the Round Robin.


Nikos Sarantakos


Going twice to the well...

Round 12, Board 4                           
Dealer: W                         
Vul: Both                         
                                  
            T9743                 
            J3                    
            A52                   
            AJ7                   
                                  
    A8              J             
    Q9765           T4            
    876             KQT94         
    K85             QT943         
                                  
            KQ652                 
            AK82                  
            J3                    
            62                    
This was a flat 4S at all tables. However, in the match New Zealand v Guadeloupe, the EW players elected to double the final contract for reasons best known to themselves. This was promptly redoubled and the price tag was 1080 against the universal 420. But the double gained indirectly, because...


Round 12, Board 5                           
Dealer: N                         
Vul: NS                           
                                  
            8754                  
            T7652                 
            93                    
            J9                    
                                  
    T               KQJ           
    KJ8             43            
    KQ86            T752          
    T8632           KQ75          
                                  
            A9632                 
            AQ9                   
            AJ4                   
            A4                    
 
At the very next board, NS reached again 4S, they were again doubled and, perhaps under the influence of the previous result, redoubled again. Only this time 4S is awful; friendly defence, however, let declarer go away with one down. Two or three down was recorded elsewhere.



They don't grow on trees

Round 13, Board 10                          
Dealer: E                         
Vul: Both                         
                                  
            J2                    
            J6                    
            8                     
            AKQJT752              
                                  
    T953            Q6            
    QT5             K973          
    KJT72           A943          
    8               943           
                                  
            AK874                 
            A842                  
            Q65                   
            6                     
After 1S-2C/ 2H, North has a rebid problem. I imagine some jumped to 5C. Those who preferred to mark time with a forcing 3D or similar had to decide what to do over 3NT. Six pairs, including USA-2, Bulgaria, France and Poland passed, which seems weird to me. They were duly punished when the defence cashed the first five tricks. Italy also passed but the Guadeloupe defender led something else, so Italy made 12 tricks. A couple of NS pairs reached 6C. Taipei even made it -although it is not easy to see how.



Chunky suit

Round 13, Board 11                  
Dealer: S                         
Vul: None                         
                                  
            543                   
            K53                   
            KT7652                
            3                     
                                  
    J9              AKQ87         
    A862            T4            
    AJ93            8             
    974             KQT85         
                                  
            T62                   
            QJ97                  
            Q4                    
            AJ62                  
Four spades is excellent, but six EW pairs, including both USA teams, Norway, Italy and France, spurned the 5-2 fit preferring notrump. They went all down, so justice was served.



The five level belongs to whom?

Round 13, Board 18                          
Dealer: E                         
Vul: NS                           
                                  
            7652                  
            964                   
            Q3                    
            AJ95                  
                                  
    8               K3            
    AQT73           KJ852         
    97              AJ842         
    Q7642           8             
                                  
            AQJT94                
            -                     
            KT65                  
            KT3                   
A typical situation where Total Tricks are more than Total Trumps: in this case there are 22 or 23 tricks with 20 trumps. Bulgarians remembered that the five level belongs to the opponents, so they doubled USA-2 in 4S and paid 1190 when declarer made 12 tricks. They also sold out to 4H in the other room, so this was the greatest swing of the match.



Table presence

Round 13, Board 20                          
Dealer: W                         
Vul: Both                         
                                  
            J85                   
            AQJ3                  
            -                     
            KJT542                
                                  
    76              QT942         
    T98642          7             
    753             KQ62          
    87              Q93           
                                  
            AK3                   
            K5                    
            AJT984                
            A6                    
 
The great majority of NS reached either 6C or 6NT and made it. There were some casualties, though, including Poles who played at 6D, down one, and Brazil who stayed at 4C!
Another exception were Bulgarians, who bid seven clubs. Rosenberg, East, led the king of diamonds. Declarer, Nanev, ruffed and immediately ran the jack of trumps! Obviously, something that happened at the table told him that the lady was with East -or is it the case of the mandatory trump lead that did not bark? Be as it may, Bulgaria scored 2140 and gained 13 IMPs.



Insurance

Round 14, Board 4                           
Dealer: W                         
Vul: Both                         
                                  
            AQ987632              
            7                     
            K5                    
            A8                    
                                  
    K               -             
    KJT52           AQ9863        
    Q86             AT92          
    J765            K42           
                                  
            JT54                  
            4                     
            J743                  
            QT93                  
 
With best defence, 5S by NS will go down, but most EW pairs refused to risk premature gray hair and took insurance at 6H, going down usually two tricks but sometimes undoubled. Note that East is endplayed at trick two after the ace of hearts lead. In fact, four out of eight Norths made 5S.



Pound of flesh

Round 14, Board 12                          
Dealer: W                         
Vul: NS                           
                                  
            T87                   
            97                    
            AT9                   
            AKJ65                 
                                  
    96              K542          
    K84             AJ63          
    743             Q865          
    T9843           Q             
                                  
            AQJ3                  
            QT52                  
            KJ2                   
            72                    
 
After North opens 1C, wouldn't you double with East cards? You would, and I would. But South redoubles and now what? Usually, because of the vulnerability, NS weren't sure that the penalty would compensate their game so they let EW off the hook and scored 630 or so at 3NT. However, the Chinese (against Taipei) and the South Africans (against France) went after their pound of flesh and collected 1100 from 2H doubled, down five.

Docile defence

Round 14, Board 18                         
Dealer: E                         
Vul: NS                           
                                  
            AJ52                  
            AKJ932                
            2                     
            62                    
                                  
    Q63             T984          
    Q5              T76           
    AK6             QJ54          
    AQ974           T5            
                                  
            K7                    
            84                    
            T9873                 
            KJ83                  
Usually NS played in a heart partial and made up to ten tricks. Brazil bid and made the heart game. China and Argentina preferred 3NT, the latter doubled. They made nine and ten tricks respectively after, presumably, a club lead.

Top and bottom

Round 15, Board 7                           
Dealer: S                         
Vul: Both                         
                                  
            J42                   
            T83                   
            743                   
            KJ96                  
                                  
    AT              K9853         
    AQJ764          52            
    KQ85            AJ            
    5               T732          
                                  
            Q76                   
            K9                    
            T962                  
            AQ84                  
If trumps come, 6H is on for EW but out of 20 pairs only Bulgarians reached it -and made it. Bottom of the class were Australians -in the Antipodean derby against New Zealand they stayed at 1H, making with 5 overtricks for 230. I guess North opened something, West overcalled 1H and East, perhaps having seen other overcalls by partner passed.



Round 15, Board 8

Dealer: W                         
Vul: None                         
                                  
            K9                    
            J763                  
            Q7                    
            J8653                 
                                  
    A876            T54           
    A               T94           
    AKJ843          T9652         
    74              A9            
                                  
            QJ32                  
            KQ852                 
            -                     
            KQT2                  
  
Despite having only 20 points, a long suit plus three aces gives nine fast tricks to EW. In practice, there were only a couple of pairs who played at 3NT and obviously made it. The majority went at 5D -note also that 4H is cold for NS. Half of declarers in 5D made their contract. Notice that on a heart lead declarer has to eliminate hearts, draw trumps, cash spade ace and endplay North with the second club to give a ruff and discard. (In theory, the ace of spades has to be cashed early -what the French call "the Venizelos coup"- so that defenders are caught unaware; but there have been cases when they failed to unblock the king of spades regardless).

However, top score on the board was recorded by Taiwan against Argentina. It was 880 for EW. In case you don't know, this is produced by 2NT redoubled making three.



Clubs anyone?

Round 15, Board 15                          
Dealer: S                         
Vul: NS                           
                                  
            53                    
            KT8652                
            K7                    
            Q86                   
                                  
    K82             QJT96         
    4               QJ73          
    T98642          J3            
    932             T7            
                                  
            A74                   
            A9                    
            AQ5                   
            AKJ54                 
  
The 4-1 break dooms the heart slam -clubs is a much better spot and note that with hearts 3-2 there are 13 tricks in clubs. Only the two US teams and Brazil found the club slam. There were a lot of -100s at 6H and a curious 1440 by the French against Sweden at 6NT. (6H was doubled, they ran to notrump and a spade was not led? alas, we don't have the records). Bulgarians achieved a slam-zone score without sweating. They doubled the Chinese EW at 4S. Despite the good fit, declarer was only able to score four trump tricks, so this was 1400.



Another unusual score

Round 17, Board 10                          
Dealer: E                         
Vul: Both                         
                                  
            K72                   
            A4                    
            KT9643                
            KT                    
                                  
    QT              A9            
    T653            KQJ972        
    J               AQ            
    AJ8532          Q74           
                                  
            J86543                
            8                     
            8752                  
            96                    
 
Here EW have comfortable 10 tricks at 4H and will make 11 if they guess well even on a spade lead. Host nation Bermuda registered the unusual plus score of 1200 when they made 5H redoubled against Taiwan.



Who counts points?

Round 18, Board 16                          
Dealer: W                         
Vul: EW                           
                                  
            A4                    
            T954                  
            86                    
            JT765                 
                                  
    K8752           T93           
    632             QJ87          
    943             AQ72          
    K4              AQ            
                                  
            QJ6                   
            AK                    
            KJT5                  
            9832                  
 
Usually EW won the bidding at 2S and they made 7 or 8 tricks. Note that NS have the minority of the points (19) and their oppos have an eight-card fit, however Norwegians bid 3NT and made it. Notice the extreme duplication in clubs! The Italian and the Brazilian North-South did one better, making ten tricks in notrump, only they were in defence against 1NT by EW. Declarer only made three tricks, so NS scored 400, same score as if they had declared 3NT.



No King in sight

Round 19, Board 7
Dealer: S                         
Vul: Both                         
                                  
            843                   
            A5                    
            A9                    
            QJT753                
                                  
    K               JT9762        
    KJ843           T972          
    K532            64            
    642             K             
                                  
            AQ5                   
            Q6                    
            QJT87                 
            A98                   
 
In nine matches out of 10, 3NT was played at both tables, so only overtricks were the matter. Against South Africa, Argentina bid 6C. Note that all four kings are missing, and both black kings are bare. In any case, they made the contract. But they would have gained a good swing even by staying at game, for SAfrican NS stayed at 4C.



Are you disciplined?

                              
Round 19, Board 13                          
Dealer: N                         
Vul: Both                         
                                  
            QJ9                   
            -                     
            AT652                 
            A6532                 
                                  
    AK862           T             
    8               AKQJT7542     
    K74             93            
    KJ98            7             
                                  
            7543                  
            963                   
            QJ8                   
            QT4                   
 
Suppose that NS venture 5D against your 4H and partner doubles. Are you disciplined enough to pass or you believe that a 9-card suit entitles you to bid on? Five hearts can be beaten and it was beaten two times out of four, while 5D went for 1400. Top for NS was achieved by the French who recorded 1480 against Australia (4H redoubled making five).



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