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The Nations Cup is the premier event of the anual Forbo-Krommenie tournament in The Hague, The Netherlands. In fact, the Nations Cup may be the strongest team event in the world. Only 4 teams participate, the reigning Bermuda Bowl (USA), Olympiad (France), and European (Italy) Champions, as well as the Dutch National Team (including 4 members of the 1993 Bermuda Bowl winning team).

Italy continued its recent domination of international bridge by winning both the Nations Cup and the Forbo-Krommenie Teams. Complete coverage of this tournament, including online vugraph of all deals at all tables, can be found at BridgePlaza. Bridge Base Inc. has also prepared BridgeVu, a free Windows program that you can download containing vugraph with commentary for every board of the Nations Cup. BridgeVu can be downloaded through BridgePlaza.

This week's deal produced the biggest swing in the Nations Cup match between Holland and USA. The contract and opening lead were the same at both tables. Declarer's play at trick 2 made a 3 trick difference and caused a 17 IMP swing. The deal has been rotated to make South the declarer.

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