USBC: Semifinals, see actual results
Lee Team WD, Diamond Team is already in the Final…Photos Peg Kaplan: Nickell, Diamond, Lee and Milner the four semifinalists
Nickell-Milner Set 7: (Nickell 254 Milner 212). We are pleased that the Milner team has not WD because it gave us the opportunity to see the great bridge unfolded by J.Lall-K. Bathurst, playing against Meckwell. You can say it is a generational struggle, because Rodwell-Meckstroth are like bridge parents to Lall and Kevin’s generation. Till board 103 the match was 14-5 for Milner and you could say that the hands did not produce IMPs for one side or the other. But in board 103 Kevin opened …click here to continue reading.
The match ended 254 to 212 for Nickell only 32 IMPs in 15 hands … we are eager to know.
Nickell-Milner Set 6: (Nickell 249 Milner 167). Milner closed the gap in 26 IMPs, but the difference is still big, 82 IMPs, so they need an extra effort to recover. In this set, there was a nice hand played bye Justin Lall that gave his team a very needed 12 IMps. Click here to see it.
Nickell-Milner Set 5: (Nickell 231 Milner 130). Milner lost 19 IMPs more, and the difference is now so big, 101 IMPs, that they will have to make an almost super-human effort to recover. In this set, the hand that generated the largest swing was board 68, at half of the match. In one of the tables Milner (E/W) played 2 hearts doubled and paid 800. At the other table, Hamman -Zia declared 7 clubs, but Hamman played the not successful line, one down, that gave Milner 14 IMPs.
Milner-Nickell: In the second set of the semifinal Nickell added a lot of IMPs: 79, while Milner only managed to add 25. A quick analysis shows that 25 of Nickell’s IMPs were the result of playing game in two slam hands. In each of those hands, an ace was missing and the slam was cold, but Milner played grand slams in both hand!. Two 25 and 26 swings … in the same match.
If they would have played slam in both hands, the situation would have changed to: Nickell: 44-Milner: 50. So nothing is said yet ..6 sets of 15 hands each, to come … its only a matter of time …
We couldnt see Diamond-Lee, but how can a team retrieve near 150 IMPs in 45 hands…? Diamond seems to be heading for victory.
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