One of 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.
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, sources usually provide the relevant information.
There is also another difference, concerning the scoring; in the 1967 match the pre-1987 scoring was used. The main difference from today is that the penalty for non-vulnerable undertricks was lighter: 100-300-500-700 and so on. In our presentation the modern scoring is used to score the individual boards but the carry-over reflects the actual score of the match.
The 1967 BB was held in Miami Beach, USA. It was the first of its kind to have a round robin with the two top teams advancing to the final. Venezuela, France, Italy, North America, and Thailand participated. Each team played the other four teams in three separate 32-board matches. Italy and North America came first and second to contest the 128-board final.
North America fielded their strongest team in some time with a line-up of three experienced partnerships - Eric Murray/Sammy Kehela of Canada and the two USA pairs of Al Roth/Bill Root and Edgar Kaplan/Norman Kay.
Italy fielded a full strength Blue Team of Garozzo/Forquet, Avarelli/Belladonna and D'Alelio/Pabis Ticci. However the event was notable for the absence of their incomparable manager Carl'Alberto Perroux. According to the ACBL book he intended to drop D'Alelio and Avarelli and bring in a new pair. However the Blue Team revolted and Perroux resigned to be replaced by Guido Barbone.
The first half of the final was very close - after 64 boards Italy led by just 3 IMPs. But then Italy won the next four sessions and won convincingly by 338 -227 IMPs.
For the 1967 Bermuda Bowl our source was the official book published courtesy of the ACBL. For the moment we provide only the final match between North America and Italy.
This new offering of ours is, for yet one more time, due to Denis O' Kane. Kudos to Denis for another splendid job!
Vugraph aficionados will note that this new offering presents a new feature: the so-called "pf files" (see below) allow the user to depart at any time from the line of play followed at the table, to play out the hand all by himself and explore alternative lines of play. However, once you have departed from the original line, you cannot reliably revert to it unless you go back at Trick 1.
Italy v North America
Same files, including the pf command that allows you to explore alternative lines:
If you want, you can have here, all the .lin files zipped (without cumulative scores).
Here you can also find all eight files in .pbn format (zipped) to replay with Jack, GIB or whatever.
Here you can also find all eight files in .dup format (zipped) for duplication purposes.