If the first session of the Bermuda Bowl semifinal between Switzerland and USA2 is anything to go by we are in for a treat. The opening stanza concluded as it had started, with a bang:
The Convention Card says ‘2N 2NT Puppet
In the Bulletin Room we were willing South to double 6, mainly because it introduces the possibility that it will result in -800 assuming North leads a club, or at least +1440 if West runs to 6NT.
After South’s pass, while North was deliberating his opening lead Ron Tacchi made a passing remark about the well-known trump leader Brother Hubert. At that precise moment the 8 was tabled and moment later +1460 was being inscribed on the card.
North led the 2 ensuring the demise of the contract. When declarer put up the A it meant a swift two down for 17 IMPs to USA2, who had made a magnificent comeback, winning the opening session 48-42.