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Sensational Finish

Sensational Finish

By In 46th World Bridge Teams Championships On 30th August 2023

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 Quadri 2NT Puppet

In the Bulletin Room we were willing South to double 6Picche, 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 Picche8 was tabled and moment later +1460 was being inscribed on the card.

North led the Fiori2 ensuring the demise of the contract. When declarer put up the FioriA it meant a swift two down for 17 IMPs to USA2, who had made a magnificent comeback, winning the opening session 48-42.

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Mark Horton
Mark Horton

Mark Horton British journalist and expert player, was Editor of Bridge Magazine 1995-2017 and now edits the online publication Bridgerama+. At one time, his business cards were inscribed: Have Cards will Travel, but following the death of his most famous sponsor, the Rabbi Leonard Helman, he has tended to concentrate on his writing exploits (in 2018 he had five books published!). Anyone wanting to discover how to lose at bridge on a regular basis (and pay for the privilege) should feel free to contact him. He currently lives in Shrewsbury with his wife Liz.