Tuesday, November 01, 2005


Board 3 of the second segment of the USA 1 vs. USA 2 semi-final offered some insights into the Meckwell style.

3 ____ K43
South _ Q63
EW __ A9873
_____ 95
AT9 _______ 875
72 ________ KJT9
J6542______ KQ
A82 _______ KQT6
_____ QJ62
_____ A854
_____ T
_____ J743

In fourth seat Meckstroth, East, opened 1D, since they play 15-17 there and Meckstroth decided not to upgrade vulnerable opposite a passed hand, since little chance of game. Rubin, South, came in with a light takeout double, even for a passed hand, but he was not vulnerable. Rodwell, West bid 1S, which according to their notes is a transfer to notrump (redouble would show hearts, 1H would show spades). Now North, Ekeblad decided to follow the transfer directions, and bid 1NT. Meckstroth doubled this, Rodwell doubled North's runout to two diamonds, and subsequent scrambles to 2H and 2S were also doubled. When it was all done, that was +500 to Meckwell and 9 IMPs.


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