Round 8 had many flat boards: for instance, in the derby between the leaders, USA I, and the hosts, China, 8 out of the 16 boards were flat and three or four had only overtrick swings; no wonder the final score was 21 to 16 for the Americans. Of those eight flat boards, seven were "flat as a pancake" i.e. same contract, same score. The eighth was a bit different, for it featured a sub-Moysian slam.
Brd 1 Q9432 South J983 None K83 Q Sun KT765 J8 Q KT7654 965 QT T872 954 Rosenberg Zia A A2 AJ742 AKJ63 Wang W N E S ================ 1C P 1S 2H P P X P 3C P 3NT P 4D P 4S P 5NT P 6C P P P --------1C was Precision, obviously, so Zia thought it expedient to take away some space. Now if South passes the takeout doublethey may collect more than the slam (1100 is possible) but obviously he showed his suits. Apparently his parent thought he was describing much longer clubs, for he preferred into clubs, so the Chinese played their slam in their 5-1 fit spurning the 5-3 one (real men don' t need eight trumps?).
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