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SPECTOR Wins 2011 GNTs

In an exciting come-from-behind victory, SPECTOR (District 9: Warren Spector, Michael Becker, David Berkowitz, Gary Cohler, Jeff Meckstroth, and Eric Rodwell) beat out ROBINSON (District 6: Steve Robinson, Peter Boyd, Steve Landen, Bill Pettis, Bill Cole, Beth Palmer) to win the 2011 Grand National Teams. SPECTOR trailed by 14 IMPs with 3 boards to go, but then picked up 11 IMPs with a game swing. On this next board, Meckstroth-Rodwell brought home a slam that was defeated at the other table thanks to a killing shift by David Berkowitz, which meant another 17 IMPs to SPECTOR:

Follow the Play by clicking next, and notice the tough problem Berkowitz faced when in with the K.

Berkowitz
K98
932
K
J106542
Robinson
4
AKJ107
QJ8
AK83
Cohler
Q1065
54
10963
Q97
Boyd
AJ732
Q86
A7542
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N
E
S
 
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P
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P
3
P
4
P
4
P
4
P
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P
5
P
6
P
P
P
D
6 North
NS: 0 EW: 0
5
6
3
7
1
1
0
3
7
8
2
3
2
0
Q
2
A
4
1
3
0
K
6
2
9
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4
0
Q
3
2
K
0
4
1
8
4
Q
A
3
5
1
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9
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1
6
1
J
6
4
4
1
7
1
6
10
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5
1
8
1
11 tricks claimed
N/S -50
9

Berkowitz's spade return took out a critical entry to establish the long diamond when that suit broke 4-1. It also broke up a potential double squeeze. Congratulations to the winners!

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