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Was that a bad thing?
My ex-cat was named "Muffin". "Vomit" would be a better name for her. AKA "The Evil Ball of Fur".
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The final is underway (and 37.5% over), and it's been wild! There have been a number of lead changes; Netherlands started with a 5-0 lead, then it was USA2, 13-5. Netherlands then went on a 25-0 lead to take a 30-13 advantage, then USA2 made its own run, 23-0, and regained the lead. After the first of 8 sets, USA2 had settled in on a 44-32 lead (with Lall and Grue sitting out). In the second set, Netherlands at one point closed the gap to 67-66, but USA2 finished with a couple of nice swings to pad its original lead to 87-67. The third set, though, was all Netherlands...they poured it on heavy, 63-21, and that's where it stands after one day - 130-108, Netherlands. Lall has been pretty critical of his own play, calling the second set "pretty bad bridge, by myself especially," and saying that his team "played horribly" in the third set. He is quite confident about the team's chances, though, expecting a return to form, and undoubtedly glad to be down only 22 after playing below the high standard he sets for himself. Moreover, he has noted that his team has started slowly in several of the matches to date.

Here's Joel Wooldridge in action:

W N E S
1C P
3C X P 3D
P 3NT P P
?
W Wooldridge
Q4
53
K1087
108742

With crummy 5-point hand, having made a preemptive raise in clubs, you'd expect him to be done. Wooldridge reasoned that since the opponents didn't find their way to a major, partner is very likely 4-4 in the major suits, and 2-3 in diamonds and clubs. They shouldn't have much less than half the deck, and diamonds, the opponents' best chance, wasn't going to break well with the 4-2 split and Joel's good spot cards. He backed his judgment with a penalty double, and the result must have been better than he even hoped: down 4, 1100 to USA2, for a 13-IMP swing (down 3 undoubled in the other room)


Here's Lall applying maximum pressure:

S: AK1042
H: AQJ6
D: Q842
C: -----

After partner's weak 2 bid in spades, Lall's right-hand opponent bid 3 spades (MIchaels, showing 5 hearts and 5 cards in either clubs or diamonds (almost certainly clubs, given Lall's void). Lall went for the throat (as usual) with a direct 6-spade bid, making 6.

In the other room, Lall's Dutch counterpart raised to 4S, and the Dutch stopped short of slam.

Many members of the Dutch team won the bronze medal in 2007, and one of them one the championship in 1993. The Americans are completely unawed, though, playing with confidence and poise. It's going to be an exciting final 2 days.

The 4th set starts in 2 hours and 15 minutes.
"Torture doesn't work" lol
Guess they forgot to tell Bill Buckley.

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My ex-cat was named "Muffin". "Vomit" would be a better name for her. AKA "The Evil Ball of Fur".
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Couldn't bring myself to conclude this one...the Netherlands played extremely solidly throughout, and held off USA2 to win the Bermuda Bowl, 300-255. It really wasn't as close as it sounds, as USA2 had a big last set, 40-9, to close to within 45. On the first set of the second day, Netherlands went on a 54-16 run, padding the lead; at that point, while a USA2 comeback was certainly possible, the odds went way down. Instead of being down 22 with 80 left to play, they were down 60 with 64 left to play. By no means insurmountable, but the Dutch didn't give anything away through the next few sets. By the time the long-hoped-for USA2 comeback materialized, it was far too late.

Netherlands wins the Bermuda Bowl for the second time ever (the first was in '93). They also won the bronze in 2007 (props to Bauke Muller, who was on all 3 teams). Lall was predictably gracious: "They played better and deserved the win." A fiercely confident competitor, he was undoubtedly disappointed, but a silver medal for a 24-year old making not only his Bermuda Bowl debut, but on a team entirely comprised of Bermuda Bowl rookies, it was a hell of a showing.
"Torture doesn't work" lol
Guess they forgot to tell Bill Buckley.

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On 2011-10-30 21:45, LobowolfXXX wrote:
Netherlands wins the Bermuda Bowl . . . .

No spoiler alert?
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I like underdogs, so let's hear it for the Netherlands. How many more trophies do Italy and the USA need anyways?

John
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.--Yeats
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On 2011-10-31 09:04, Magnus Eisengrim wrote:
I like underdogs, so let's hear it for the Netherlands. How many more trophies do Italy and the USA need anyways?

John


And there we have a stellar microcosm for collectivism vs. Individualism! None of the USA players had ever been there before...how many more does Muller need, anyways?
"Torture doesn't work" lol
Guess they forgot to tell Bill Buckley.

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Just playing Lobo. You obviously had a strong feel for the youth and inexperience of USA2.

But still, it's like Canada take gold in baseball (!!) at the Pan Am games. Or Switzerland beating Canada in hockey at the Olympics.

John
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.--Yeats
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By al accounts, the Dutch players were great guys and clearly great players. They were among the pre-tournament favors...I would guess #3 or 4 in the betting (probably ahead of USA2 going in). They've consistently been very good for quite a while...in addition to the two recent medals, they have a 4th place finish and a quarterfinal appearance, I think they've qualified for the knockouts 4 times in a row, and I'm sure when they don't, they still do very well in the European championships. Small country, but they love their bridge!
"Torture doesn't work" lol
Guess they forgot to tell Bill Buckley.

"...as we reason and love, we are able to hope. And hope enables us to resist those things that would enslave us."
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Netherlands does well in everything. It's a bit frightening.
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.--Yeats
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How about Norway? Highest rated chess player in the world, and the top ranked non-Italian-or-American bridge pair, Geir Helgemo and Tor Helness (ranked 11 and 12 in the world, and probably better than that. They also have #21, Boye Brogeland).

Canada, btw, got its own silver medal in 1995.
"Torture doesn't work" lol
Guess they forgot to tell Bill Buckley.

"...as we reason and love, we are able to hope. And hope enables us to resist those things that would enslave us."
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