Hands from Bermuda Bowl

The Bermuda Bowl starts today. Pretty interesting match up for the first 3 rounds, with USA1 vs USA2 in the 1st round, followed by Italy vs Poland (!) in the 2nd, and now Italy vs China in the 3rd.

This happened in the USA1 vs USA2 match, Board 3

Dealer S
Vul E/W
Scoring Imp
Lead
Q2
AJ52
K2
T9832
T75
K74
976543
7
A964
T
AJT8
QJ54
KJ83
Q9863
Q
AK6

Both sides reached 4H. The lead was the 7C by West, ducked by East. The only way for declarer to make his contract is to take the first trick with either the K or A. Both declarers didn’t and went down.

The Italy vs Poland match was more exciting. Italy avoided an unmakeable slam in this board:

Dealer N
Vul E/W
Scoring Imp
Lead
A2
AK98752
Q32
J
63
J643
AJ98
643
KJT985
T
74
T952
Q74
Q
KT65
AKQ87

Bocchi and Duboin were on their way to the small slam in hearts, when Jassem (W) doubled a 4D cuebid, thus putting the Italians off who stopped in 4H. The Polish NS pair didn’t even smell any slam.

The commentators were saying that the double was wrong, with 2 tricks and opponents looking for slam, it is better to keep quiet and let them bid it, instead of interfering and giving them a hint that the lie of the cards might be unfavourable.

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