1955 Bermuda Bowl

Among the objectives of the Vugraph project is to present great matches of the past in .lin or .pbn format, matches that were played long before computers became ubiquitous and whose hand records only existed so far in printed form (and rather hard to find, too).

We now proudly present our first major complete project, the 1955 Bermuda Bowl. Kudos to Denis O' Kane for this tremendous piece of work!

The user must be aware of a fundamental difference of the reconstructed lin files as opposed to the regular Vugraph files: namely, regular Vugraph files are an accurate record of the bids and the cards played, down to the last spot card; on the other hand, records in books almost always are vague as to spot cards. Hence, when the book says "Declarer drew trumps in two rounds", we usually do not know if he played the ace first or the king, or if the defenders followed with this or that low card; and usually it does not matter. When it matters, good books do provide the information and our sources were good, so any unusual play should have been recorded.

Said sources were the official book of the ACBL for the 1955 World Championships and additionally a book by Reese and Franklin with brief analysis of selected deals.

Note that the match of 224 boards, played in New York on January 1955, was scored according to total points, the method prevalent back then in the USA. Moreover honours counted in the score. In our reconstruction, we have used the current IMP scale, without honours. This is a major (and almost unavoidable) departure from the real situation that the user should be aware of. Also note that there were 16 segments in all, but some of them only contained 12 boards, hence the total of 224. After a hard-fought match with some excellent bridge, Great Britain won.

North America v Great Britain

Segment 1
Segment 2
Segment 3
Segment 4
Segment 5
Segment 6
Segment 7
Segment 8
Segment 9
Segment 10
Segment 11
Segment 12
Segment 13
Segment 14
Segment 15
Segment 16

Update, 8.8.2005: Minor details corrected in segments 1, 4 and 12; you may want to download them again. Here you can also find a zip file with all 16 segments including carry-over score after each segment.

Second and most likely last update, 12.8.2005: Minor details corrected in segments 2,5,6 and 11 and also in the cumulative file. Thanks to Richard Pavlicek!

Here you can also find all 16 files in .pbn format (zipped) to replay with Jack, GIB or whatever.

Here you can also find all 16 files in .dup format (zipped) for duplication purposes.