1979 Bermuda Bowl

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 1979 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.

For the 1979 Bermuda Bowl our source was the official book published courtesy of the ACBL. For the moment we provide only the dramatic final match USA and Italy. Italy had a very big carryover, 37 imps, but the Americans played very well and went into the last segment leading by 55 imps. There was an Italian comeback, but it fell just short: the USA won by a mere 5 imps. It was the first time a sponsor, Malcolm Brachman, won a world championship.

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. We eagerly await feedback concerning this new feature: is it desirable, is it worth the extra work, does it have any hidden drawbacks?


Italy v USA I

Segment 1
Segment 2
Segment 3
Segment 4
Segment 5
Segment 6


Same files, including the pf command that allows you to explore alternative lines:
Segment 1
Segment 2
Segment 3
Segment 4
Segment 5
Segment 6



If you want, you can have here, all the .lin files zipped (without cumulative scores).

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

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







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