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NICKELL Wins USBC

Team NICKELL held a 107-64 lead over LALL to start the final day of the USBC, and it extended its lead in the fifth segment. LALL stunned NICKELL with a 60-6 sixth segment and won the seventh 57-24 to lead by 31 with one segment to play.

In classic NICKELL fashion, however, NICKELL staged a comeback, winning the final set 66-24. They tied the match up with 4 boards to play, then the teams traded 4-IMP swings and a push. This was the last board:

Meckstroth
96
Q32
Q10654
942
Pepsi
AKQJ1084
9
3
AJ105
Rodwell
752
AK1074
J97
Q7
Zia
3
J865
AK82
K863
W
N
E
S
 
P
P
P
1
P
1N
P
3
P
3
P
4
P
5
P
5
P
6
P
P
P
D
30
6 North
NS: 0 EW: 0
K
5
2
9
2
0
1
7
A
4
3
3
1
1
3
6
Q
2
1
2
1
A
5
6
9
1
3
1
J
7
2
5
1
4
1
K
4
3
6
1
5
1
10
7
8
3
1
6
1
5
7
K
2
3
7
1
K
10
10
11 tricks claimed
N/S -50
9

Who could ask for more: the tied final coming down to a slam on a finesse on the last board! Pepsi misguessed clubs and was down 1 in 6. In the other room, Lall opened the East hand, so Levin settled for 4, which made easily.

Congratulations to Ralph Katz, Bobby Levin, Jeff Meckstroth, Nick Nickell, Eric Rodwell, and Steve Weinstein, who will be USA1 for the 2019 Bermuda Bowl.

The winners, left to right: Weinstein, Nickell, Katz, Koach Eric Kokish, Meckstroth, Rodwell, Levin

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