USA Women Trials 2011: 1stday Round Robin. This is our second article on the event; in the first one we presented the Teams and explained the format (read here >>). After the first day of Round Robin matches, i.e. after that all teams played each other once (of twice), the score is as follows:
With this score, Moss, Sprung, Joel, and Bales would be the four semifinalists, but still they are at midway: there is time for all.
The matches are in USBF 20-0 scale with decimals, so the average of the leading team, Moss, is high: in 25-0 scale it would be 17,5. The 20-0 scale is more correct of the World Bridge Federation 25-0 because the increasing of VPs is continuously proportional to the increasing of IMPs, whereas in 25-0 scale there are discrete steps. About this question, see the article of Bart Bramley in The Bridge World of May 2010 – we quoted it in this article: read here >>
Still they are at midway, we said, but it already needs to note the performance of Bales – which seeding point position was the last – and the bad (or unlucky?) position of Dinkin and Westheimer, two of the three favourites; the third is Joel. In the photo the sweet smile of Jill Meyers and the sternness of Eric Kokish, her captain, look as drawn up by Charles Dickens.