I didn't keep as extensive a record as in the first half-- I apologize!
Match 5: We played another team of unknowns.
On the first board out, I held
(A) All white
The auction goes (2H) P (3H) to you. What's your bid?
Then I held
(B) All red
In second seat, I passed. Does anyone agree with me here? My LHO opened 1S, and this got passed around to me. What should my call be?
Final score: 11-3; 14 VPs. Total: 70
In match six, we played against ACBL Hall of Famer Fred Hamilton and his sponsor. My big decision in this match came on this board:
(C) Red vs. white
LHO [sponsor] opened 1D, pard doubled, and RHO passed. What to
Final score: 17-1, 4 VPs. Total: 74
In match seven, things didn't get any easier... fellow HoFer, five-time Bermuda Bowl champion, and fifteen-time National champion Billy Eisenberg was at our table.
(D) All white
In fourth chair, I opened 1H. Partner made a Druryish 2D bid (3+ card support, limit raise). Should I sign off in 2H or continue on?
(E) All red
Here's another one of those second-seat passes that nobody will agree with. Bear with me.
In fourth seat, partner opens 1S. You bid 2C (natural!), pard rebids 2S, and you bid 2NT [do you?]. Pard now bids 3H, which gets doubled on your right. What's your call?
Final score: 24-14, 14 VPs. Total: 88
Going in to the last match, we had a chance to win. The Hamilton team was leading the event with 95 VPs, but if we had a big win and them a small one, or us a medium win and them a loss, we'd be there.
Surprisingly, in match eight, we met another team of unknowns. Still, to be in the hunt this late, they had to be strong...
(F) White vs. red
Partner opens 1D, and rebids 2D over your 1S. Your call.
We had a solid set, but our teammates had the best set of the week!
Final score: 36-0, 20 VPs. Final total: 108 VPs out of 160.
We rushed to the scorers' table only to find out that Hamilton had squeaked out a medium win -- and 109 VPs. Nuts! Second place in a tough event like that was very nice, but one or two more victory points wouldn't have been that tough to find...