This is the second part of the report, covering rounds 12 to 19 of the Round Robin.
Going twice to the well...
Round 12, Board 4 Dealer: W Vul: Both T9743 J3 A52 AJ7 A8 J Q9765 T4 876 KQT94 K85 QT943 KQ652 AK82 J3 62This was a flat 4S at all tables. However, in the match New Zealand v Guadeloupe, the EW players elected to double the final contract for reasons best known to themselves. This was promptly redoubled and the price tag was 1080 against the universal 420. But the double gained indirectly, because...
Round 12, Board 5 Dealer: N Vul: NS 8754 T7652 93 J9 T KQJ KJ8 43 KQ86 T752 T8632 KQ75 A9632 AQ9 AJ4 A4At the very next board, NS reached again 4S, they were again doubled and, perhaps under the influence of the previous result, redoubled again. Only this time 4S is awful; friendly defence, however, let declarer go away with one down. Two or three down was recorded elsewhere.
They don't grow on trees
Round 13, Board 10 Dealer: E Vul: Both J2 J6 8 AKQJT752 T953 Q6 QT5 K973 KJT72 A943 8 943 AK874 A842 Q65 6After 1S-2C/ 2H, North has a rebid problem. I imagine some jumped to 5C. Those who preferred to mark time with a forcing 3D or similar had to decide what to do over 3NT. Six pairs, including USA-2, Bulgaria, France and Poland passed, which seems weird to me. They were duly punished when the defence cashed the first five tricks. Italy also passed but the Guadeloupe defender led something else, so Italy made 12 tricks. A couple of NS pairs reached 6C. Taipei even made it -although it is not easy to see how.
Round 13, Board 11 Dealer: S Vul: None 543 K53 KT7652 3 J9 AKQ87 A862 T4 AJ93 8 974 KQT85 T62 QJ97 Q4 AJ62Four spades is excellent, but six EW pairs, including both USA teams, Norway, Italy and France, spurned the 5-2 fit preferring notrump. They went all down, so justice was served.
The five level belongs to whom?
Round 13, Board 18 Dealer: E Vul: NS 7652 964 Q3 AJ95 8 K3 AQT73 KJ852 97 AJ842 Q7642 8 AQJT94 - KT65 KT3A typical situation where Total Tricks are more than Total Trumps: in this case there are 22 or 23 tricks with 20 trumps. Bulgarians remembered that the five level belongs to the opponents, so they doubled USA-2 in 4S and paid 1190 when declarer made 12 tricks. They also sold out to 4H in the other room, so this was the greatest swing of the match.
Round 13, Board 20 Dealer: W Vul: Both J85 AQJ3 - KJT542 76 QT942 T98642 7 753 KQ62 87 Q93 AK3 K5 AJT984 A6The great majority of NS reached either 6C or 6NT and made it. There were some casualties, though, including Poles who played at 6D, down one, and Brazil who stayed at 4C!
Round 14, Board 4 Dealer: W Vul: Both AQ987632 7 K5 A8 K - KJT52 AQ9863 Q86 AT92 J765 K42 JT54 4 J743 QT93With best defence, 5S by NS will go down, but most EW pairs refused to risk premature gray hair and took insurance at 6H, going down usually two tricks but sometimes undoubled. Note that East is endplayed at trick two after the ace of hearts lead. In fact, four out of eight Norths made 5S.
Pound of flesh
Round 14, Board 12 Dealer: W Vul: NS T87 97 AT9 AKJ65 96 K542 K84 AJ63 743 Q865 T9843 Q AQJ3 QT52 KJ2 72After North opens 1C, wouldn't you double with East cards? You would, and I would. But South redoubles and now what? Usually, because of the vulnerability, NS weren't sure that the penalty would compensate their game so they let EW off the hook and scored 630 or so at 3NT. However, the Chinese (against Taipei) and the South Africans (against France) went after their pound of flesh and collected 1100 from 2H doubled, down five.
Round 14, Board 18 Dealer: E Vul: NS AJ52 AKJ932 2 62 Q63 T984 Q5 T76 AK6 QJ54 AQ974 T5 K7 84 T9873 KJ83Usually NS played in a heart partial and made up to ten tricks. Brazil bid and made the heart game. China and Argentina preferred 3NT, the latter doubled. They made nine and ten tricks respectively after, presumably, a club lead.
Top and bottom
Round 15, Board 7 Dealer: S Vul: Both J42 T83 743 KJ96 AT K9853 AQJ764 52 KQ85 AJ 5 T732 Q76 K9 T962 AQ84If trumps come, 6H is on for EW but out of 20 pairs only Bulgarians reached it -and made it. Bottom of the class were Australians -in the Antipodean derby against New Zealand they stayed at 1H, making with 5 overtricks for 230. I guess North opened something, West overcalled 1H and East, perhaps having seen other overcalls by partner passed.
Round 15, Board 8
Dealer: W Vul: None K9 J763 Q7 J8653 A876 T54 A T94 AKJ843 T9652 74 A9 QJ32 KQ852 - KQT2Despite having only 20 points, a long suit plus three aces gives nine fast tricks to EW. In practice, there were only a couple of pairs who played at 3NT and obviously made it. The majority went at 5D -note also that 4H is cold for NS. Half of declarers in 5D made their contract. Notice that on a heart lead declarer has to eliminate hearts, draw trumps, cash spade ace and endplay North with the second club to give a ruff and discard. (In theory, the ace of spades has to be cashed early -what the French call "the Venizelos coup"- so that defenders are caught unaware; but there have been cases when they failed to unblock the king of spades regardless).
However, top score on the board was recorded by Taiwan against Argentina. It was 880 for EW. In case you don't know, this is produced by 2NT redoubled making three.
Round 15, Board 15 Dealer: S Vul: NS 53 KT8652 K7 Q86 K82 QJT96 4 QJ73 T98642 J3 932 T7 A74 A9 AQ5 AKJ54The 4-1 break dooms the heart slam -clubs is a much better spot and note that with hearts 3-2 there are 13 tricks in clubs. Only the two US teams and Brazil found the club slam. There were a lot of -100s at 6H and a curious 1440 by the French against Sweden at 6NT. (6H was doubled, they ran to notrump and a spade was not led? alas, we don't have the records). Bulgarians achieved a slam-zone score without sweating. They doubled the Chinese EW at 4S. Despite the good fit, declarer was only able to score four trump tricks, so this was 1400.
Another unusual score
Round 17, Board 10 Dealer: E Vul: Both K72 A4 KT9643 KT QT A9 T653 KQJ972 J AQ AJ8532 Q74 J86543 8 8752 96Here EW have comfortable 10 tricks at 4H and will make 11 if they guess well even on a spade lead. Host nation Bermuda registered the unusual plus score of 1200 when they made 5H redoubled against Taiwan.
Who counts points?
Round 18, Board 16 Dealer: W Vul: EW A4 T954 86 JT765 K8752 T93 632 QJ87 943 AQ72 K4 AQ QJ6 AK KJT5 9832Usually EW won the bidding at 2S and they made 7 or 8 tricks. Note that NS have the minority of the points (19) and their oppos have an eight-card fit, however Norwegians bid 3NT and made it. Notice the extreme duplication in clubs! The Italian and the Brazilian North-South did one better, making ten tricks in notrump, only they were in defence against 1NT by EW. Declarer only made three tricks, so NS scored 400, same score as if they had declared 3NT.
No King in sight
Round 19, Board 7 Dealer: S Vul: Both 843 A5 A9 QJT753 K JT9762 KJ843 T972 K532 64 642 K AQ5 Q6 QJT87 A98In nine matches out of 10, 3NT was played at both tables, so only overtricks were the matter. Against South Africa, Argentina bid 6C. Note that all four kings are missing, and both black kings are bare. In any case, they made the contract. But they would have gained a good swing even by staying at game, for SAfrican NS stayed at 4C.
Are you disciplined?
Round 19, Board 13 Dealer: N Vul: Both QJ9 - AT652 A6532 AK862 T 8 AKQJT7542 K74 93 KJ98 7 7543 963 QJ8 QT4Suppose that NS venture 5D against your 4H and partner doubles. Are you disciplined enough to pass or you believe that a 9-card suit entitles you to bid on? Five hearts can be beaten and it was beaten two times out of four, while 5D went for 1400. Top for NS was achieved by the French who recorded 1480 against Australia (4H redoubled making five).
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