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USA1 Round of 16, Day 2

Detailed results for: USA1 and USA2

Four of the six USA1 Round of 16 matches made for boring kibitzing: #3 FIREMAN's, #6 DWYER's, and #8 MELTZER's opponents conceded with one or two sets to play. #10 WOLD went into the final stanza ahead by 36 IMPs and was never threatened. Fortunately for viewers, the lack of action in those matches was more than made up for with the drama of the other two encounters.

#12 ROBINSON led #5 ROSENTHAL by 24 with 15 boards to play, and it added to its lead early in the segment. From there, though, the tide turned sharply, and ROSENTHAL wound up winning by 29.

The #4 FLEISHER vs. #13 HARRIS contest was even closer: FLEISHER led by 10 going into the last set. HARRIS took the lead when a Grue-Moss slam failed, but FLEISHER took it back, thanks to this defense by Pepsi:

Harris
105
K7
KQ982
KQ98
Pepsi
KQ432
QJ3
64
AJ3
Morgan
A97
A1084
AJ753
4
Rosenberg
J86
9652
10
107652
W
N
E
S
2
P
2
2
3
P
3
P
3NT
P
P
P
D
22
3NT East
NS: 0 EW: 0
6
5
Q
7
1
1
0
3
9
J
10
3
2
0
8
8
2
A
2
2
1
3
10
K
4
0
2
2
2
6
A
7
2
2
3
J
6
Q
J
0
2
4
9
3
5
5
0
2
5
8
3
7
2
0
2
6
K
A
4
10
1
3
6
8 tricks claimed
E/W -100
9

At the other table, Moss declared 3NT as West. He ducked two rounds of spades, won the third, and ran diamonds. Barron, North, was squeezed in three suits. He released a spade on the last diamond, so it was safe to set up a club for the ninth trick. After a similar start at Pepsi's table, he discarded a heart at the squeeze trick. Declarer didn't know the position, and he hoped the A was with South rather than play North to have been dealt "everything": down one.

HARRIS struck right back, gaining 23 IMPs over the next three boards, going ahead by 11 with five boards left. Board 27 was a slam:

Moss
Q9
932
108765
J87
Barron
A3
AKQJ64
K432
10
Grue
8542
1087
Q9
AQ32
Lo
KJ1076
5
AJ
K9654
W
N
E
S
 
1
P
2
P
3
P
3
P
3N
P
5N
P
6
P
6N
P
P
P
D
27
6NT South
NS: 0 EW: 0
6
2
Q
A
3
1
0
J
7
3
9
3
2
0
5
3
A
7
1
3
0
K
8
4
2
1
4
0
Q
10
5
9
1
5
0
K
5
6
8
1
6
0
J
2
6
10
1
7
0
6
3
7
7
1
8
0
4
8
9
8
1
9
0
A
4
10
9
1
10
0
3
2
J
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