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Can USA 1 play USA 2 in the quarterfinals?
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It's possible...in fact, on this distribution, it wouldn't surprise me. I don't think either team would choose the other, but with so many teams ahead of them, they could be avoided by the first 3 and end up against each other.
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The only point of the relevant rule is to prevent an all - USA final, so if possible, a quarterfinal pairing is allowed, and a semifinal pairing is mandatory.
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I knew that the object was to prevent an all-USA final, but wasn't sure about the quarterfinal/semifinal situation.

I agree: with both in the bottom half of qualifiers, a USA 1 - USA 2 quarterfinal match is very likely.

I need to renew my subscription to Bridge World.
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Funny you should mention it...I renewed about 2 weeks ago. I suspect the next issue will be VERY interesting.
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Bulgaria v. Sweden (Bul +8.5)
China vs. USA 2 (Chi +16)
England vs. USA 1 (England +11)
Poland vs. France (Poland +8)

I neglected to mention that in the knockouts, the team that won the head to head round robin match gets a partial IMP (international match point) carryover based on the result of the earlier match. Undoubtedly, China's massive carryover contributed to their selection of USA 2, who are young, improving, and already have a Bermuda Bowl silver medal to their credit.
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England - USA 1 is the most highly anticipated match; some notable analysts are picking the winner of that match to take the whole thing.
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John Kranyak makes 6 clubs doubled on board 1 to erase 75% of the Chinese carryover!
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On Oct 4, 2015, LobowolfXXX wrote:
John Kranyak makes 6 clubs doubled on board 1 to erase 75% of the Chinese carryover!

You tell us this and you don't even bother to show us the hand?

Shame on you!
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All China since then. They're up 33 in the first segment. England all over USA 1, up 30 (interestingly, USA 1 scored big on the 6C hand also (hands duplicated across all 4 matches), then it's been all England). France by 18 over Poland, and Sweden up 6 over Bulgaria.
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China on a 67-0 run since board 1. Ouch.
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After segment 3 (of 6):

Sweden 123; Bulgaria 73.5

China 135; USA2 110;

England 101; USA1 99;

France 127; Poland 102

Sweden did most of their damage in the first segment, but they've won each of the three. After the early hammering China put on USA 2, the Americans came back to "only" lose the first segment 93-37 (China's 93 counts their 16-point carryover, so USA was really only out scored at the table by 40). USA2 then won the second set, 35-8, and the third set, 38-34, so they still have a lot to do, but the wheels didn't come completely off after the early disasters. England - USA1 has been a barn-burner. As in the other match, USA was getting clobbered early, and as in the other match, they righted the ship before the first set was over, closing to 44-37. In their case, USA1 amazingly (after the early going) out scored England, the margin being attributable to the 11-point carryover the English had. The second set was all England, 41-10, but the third was all USA, 52-16, so England still leads, but by less than the carryover. By contrast to the other matches, France-Poland has been much more pedestrian; France has just steadily but slightly outscored the Poles in each set.

The second halves are tonight; anything can happen in any of the matches, but Bulgaria had better get rolling soon if they want to make the semis.
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I'm being a little elitist, only reporting on the open championship. In the women's championship (Venice Cup), the quarterfinal matches are:

Denmark 118 - France 112.3;

England 103 - USA1 87;

Netherlands 121.7 - Italy 111;

China 121 - USA2 94

Also all at the halfway point.


Finally, in the Senior Bowl (d'Orsi Trophy), it's:

USA1 158 - Norway 88.7;

Ireland 97, USA2 94;

Poland 121.5 - England 93;

Australia 152 - Sweden 106
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All of the quarterfinal matches finished up in exciting fashion. Bulgaria got it into gear, winning the 4th, 5th, AND 6th segments, but not by enough to overcome the big lead they spotted Sweden. Final tally: Sweden 223, Bulgaria 202.5. One disastrous set can kill you!

After their horrible start, and still trailing at halftime, USA2 went o and lost the 4th set, to trail 167-129 two thirds of the way through. Undaunted, they took the 5th big to close to within three, then...won the final segment by FIVE. Not much, but it didn't have to be. USA2 238, China 236(!!)

England took the 4th and 5th sets against USA1 to give them enough of a margin to survive a strong late rally by the Americans, who won the last set 42-14. Final score: England 215, USA1 195.

Finally, despite France's carryover and the fact that Poland lost each of the first three sets, the Poles were able to come back on Day 2, winning each of the final three sets to post a 211-197 comeback win.

And then there were four.
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USA2's comeback wrapped up in spectacular fashion. China led by 11 with two hands remaining. On the penultimate, Meng Kang played a comfortable 4 Spade contract, making 5; at the other table, Joel Wooldridge was going to play the same contract, which probably would have sealed the deal for China, but the Chinese took a sacrifice that went down way too many - 13 points for the Americans, who took a 2-point lead into the last deal.

The 96th and final hand of the match also could have produced a swing - they played in different game contracts: 3NT for the Chinese, and 5C for the Americans. If one contract made and the other didn't, or if they'd failed by different numbers of tricks, things might gone differently, but as fate would have it, each contract was down 2, producing no change in the score. It looked like Hurd was going down 3, which would have resulted in a tied match! However, while one of the Chinese defenders played the final hand perfectly, his partner made a slight error, resulting in one trick less for the Chinese team...not yet knowing (it's like boxing; the scores aren't known during play) that that one trick may well have been the difference in the match.
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On Oct 4, 2015, LobowolfXXX wrote:
John Kranyak makes 6 clubs doubled on board 1 to erase 75% of the Chinese carryover!

You tell us this and you don't even bother to show us the hand?

Shame on you!



http://bridgewinners.com/article/view/be......s-day-1/
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Semifinals at halftime:

Sweden 142 - USA2 129;

Poland 99 - England 88.3

Women:

France 114 - England 68

USA2 112 - Netherlands 81

Seniors:

USA1 130.5 - USA2 77

Sweden 93.7 - Poland 78
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Wow, what a finish to the semis in the Bermuda Bowl. USA2 took a 212.7-201 lead against Sweden into e final set; Sweden outscored them 47-29 to win 248-241.7.

Poland took a 182-163.3 lead into the final set; England outscored them 42-25 to fall just short - Poland hangs on, 207-205.3.

The Poland - Sweden final starts tonight.

The women's final is USA2 vs. France; each team won comfortably in the semis.

In the Seniors, it's USA1 vs. Sweden.


On a side note, I'm pretty sure if Poland wins the final, 19 year old Michal Klukowski will become the youngest Bermuda Bowl winner in history.
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Thanks for the lively reporting, Lobo. I wouldn't follow this on my own, by your energetic synopses have been most enjoyable.
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The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
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Are full of passionate intensity.--Yeats
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