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.
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 J964EW 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 AJ874No 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 KJ519 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 AK9532When 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?
Round 4, Board 1 Dealer: N Vul: None KQT42 J T9876 Q4 J86 5 Q5 T62 KQ52 J43 KT98 A76532 A973 AK98743 A JAllegedly 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 J962Indonesian 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.
Round 4, Board 8 Dealer: W Vul: None Q97 53 K9853 653 854 KJT2 KQT98 AJ6 AJT7 Q K AQJT7 A63 742 642 984213 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.
Round 4, Board 11 Dealer: S Vul: None K65 - T9743 AQJT5 T98 432 T96 87432 KQ86 J5 872 K96 AQJ7 AKQJ5 A2 43Six 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.
Round 4, Board 16 Dealer: W Vul: EW AKT QT A65 98754 873 96542 A5 9743 KJ97 43 KJT3 62 QJ KJ862 QT82 AQNS 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 AAt 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.
Round 6, Board 10 Dealer: E Vul: Both 4 Q852 KQJ975 Q7 KQ53 J76 KT9 A6 4 T863 KT986 J532 AT982 J743 A2 A4Almost 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 A9NS 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 QT975How 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 6532The 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.
Round 7, Board 16 Dealer: W Vul: EW K7653 9 K42 QJ94 J8 Q92 Q875 KT JT987 AQ65 52 A873 AT4 AJ6432 3 KT6After 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 KJT97Final 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).
Round 8, Board 1 Dealer: N Vul: None K94 KQT Q9 AKT92 JT8 A63 96543 - AT765 KJ842 - QJ653 Q752 AJ872 3 874NS 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.
Round 8, Board 12 Dealer: W Vul: NS 5 T76 Q9754 AQ43 KQ9 JT632 A8 9542 JT8 K3 T9876 K5 A874 KQJ3 A62 J2NS 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 J7Several 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!
Round 10, Board 8 Dealer: W Vul: None JT92 KT54 K54 63 83 AQ764 AQ762 - 73 QJT2 JT98 KQ42 K5 J983 A986 A75Partner 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.
Round 10, Board 14 Dealer: E Vul: None 9643 T52 J2 9742 AJT8 KQ7 Q9 AK87 K76543 Q98 A 863 52 J643 AT KQJT5Six 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 KT853Another 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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