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A Few Hands from the Spingold Finals

The caliber of play in the finals was extraordinary. Nickell's team can usually pull out a match in the second half, but against Helgemo-Helness and Nunes-Fantoni there were very few opportunities to gain imps. By the way, bidding and play records are now posted at the USBF site. Click the read more to see a few of the hands.

Here is a defensive problem to consider while looking at the other hands. You play upside down attitude and standard count. (Please wait for the hands to load ...)

Zia
QJ8754
Q7543
9
4
Helness
K9
109
AK64
J8765
Hamman
1063
A
J752
AKQ109
Helgemo
A2
KJ862
Q1083
32
W
N
E
S
2
P
4
P
P
P
D
56
4 West
NS: 0 EW: 0
A
2
3
9
1
1
0
K
5
8
5
0
1
1
4
10
A
2
2
1
2
A
2
4
5
2
1
3
K
3
3
6
2
1
4
7
10
4
6
0
1
5
5
9
3
6
2
1
6
Q
8

In the early days of bridge, psyching was a frequent phenomenom. Nowadays you almost never see it. A classic psych was always to bid 1 or 1 when partner opened the bidding in your 5+ card suit and the opponent made a take-out double. The idea was to pick off their suit before raising partner. That is why everyone used to play that double by advancer was penalties to expose the psych (e.g. 1 Double 1 Double), but now more and more club players seem to play it responsive. And do you play the cue is natural? I do. Here is Nickell in action, stealing the opponents suit. Sadly in his new partnership the second round jump to 4 sounded like a splinter and the auction went off the rails from there. The good news was that Meckwell bid and made 4 non-vulnerable in the other room so minus 500 was a loss of only 2 imps. Note that the hand with five hearts opened 1NT in that room, so it was hard for the Fantunes to find the good vulnerable down one save in five hearts.

Zimmermann
QJ983
KJ1043
KJ6
Katz
K76
K9832
Q7
AQ2
Multon
A42
Q5
A9852
984
Nickell
105
AJ10764
6
10753
W
N
E
S
 
1
P
1
P
2
P
4
P
4
P
5
P
6
P
6
X
P
P
P
D
21
6X North
NS: 0 EW: 0
A
6
J
7
2
0
1
A
5
3
7
2
0
2
4
3
K
A
1
1
2
2
5
A
4
3
2
2
4
3
K
Q
1
3
2
9
5
6
8
1
4
2
3
2
J
10
3
5
2
5
6
Q
10 tricks claimed
N/S -500
8
Rodwell
QJ983
KJ1043
KJ6
Fantoni
K76
K9832
Q7
AQ2
Meckstroth
A42
Q5
A9852
984
Nunes
105
AJ10764
6
10753
W
N
E
S
1NT
P
2
2
3
4
P
P
P
D
21
4 East
NS: 0 EW: 0
6
K
7
2
0
0
1
Q
6
2
5
0
0
2
J
7
4
10
0
0
3
3
K
A
4
2
0
4
4
3
J
Q
1
1
4
Q
A
6
3
2
1
5
8
5
6
A
1
2
5
11 tricks claimed
E/W +450
7

Here is a hand where the Nickell team gained imps due to the Meckwell strong club system's light opening bid style. In the other room, East passed so when South opened 3 that ended the auction.

Rodwell
7
AJ863
AK10
8532
Fantoni
Q9
Q92
QJ854
A97
Meckstroth
K62
K1074
976
KQ10
Nunes
AJ108543
5
32
J64
W
N
E
S
1
3
X
P
4
P
P
P
D
42
4 East
NS: 0 EW: 0
4
2
A
10
1
1
0
7
K
6
3
2
1
1
4
5
A
2
0
1
2
3
9
10
3
2
1
3
K
4
6
Q
2
1
4
Q
J
5
9
2
1
5
11 tricks claimed
E/W +650
6

And now for a partscore hand with that very rare layout where you have to tap the hand with the strong trump holding when they are in a 4-4 fit, instead of leading trumps, the more usual defence. Helgemo found the killing defence and Rodwell did not:

Helgemo
AK1053
K105
A
8743
Hamman
742
982
QJ6
J652
Helness
J98
QJ743
9854
9
Zia
Q6
A6
K10732
AKQ10
W
N
E
S
1
P
2
2NT
P
3
P
P
P
D
36
3 North
NS: 0 EW: 0
8
6
5
7
2
0
1
J
Q
K
4
0
0
2
5
8
J
A
3
1
2
A
3
2
9
3
2
2
K
4
5
4
3
3
2
2
A
6
9
0
3
3
A
2
9
6
0
3
4
K
2
3
Q
3
4
4
10
7
6
4
3
5
4
3
8
J
5
0
5
5
10
9
7 tricks claimed
N/S -200
11
Rodwell
AK1053
K105
A
8743
Fantoni
742
982
QJ6
J652
Meckstroth
J98
QJ743
9854
9
Nunes
Q6
A6
K10732
AKQ10
W
N
E
S
1
P
1NT
X
XX
2
2
3
P
P
P
D
36
3 North
NS: 0 EW: 0
8
6
K
4
0
0
1
4
2
9
A
3
1
1
K
3
5
3
3
2
1
2
A
6
4
0
2
2
5
8
J
A
3
3
2
9 tricks claimed
N/S +110
5

Back to the defensive problem.

Zia
QJ8754
Q7543
9
4
Helness
K9
109
AK64
J8765
Hamman
1063
A
J752
AKQ109
Helgemo
A2
KJ862
Q1083
32
W
N
E
S
2
P
4
P
P
P
D
56
4 West
NS: 0 EW: 0
A
2
3
9
1
1
0
K
5
8
5
0
1
1
4
10
A
2
2
1
2
A
2
4
5
2
1
3
K
3
3
6
2
1
4
7
10
4
6
0
1
5
5
9
3
6
2
1
6
Q
A
Q
7
3
2
6
2
7
K
6
1
3
6
9
10
8
9 tricks claimed
E/W -50
10

Did you find the A and another spade play? Both Helgemo and Meckstroth did and that was necessary to beat the contract.

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