As someone who spent the last 4 hours (sigh) watching the Vanderbilt finals, let me just vent my frustration that I won’t know the results until tomorrow morning. I watched the final 32 hands, but there is an appeal on a board from the 3rd quarter, and the ACBL apparently lets those linger unresolved, until after the event. I understand letting them go for small game (in the hopes that they become moot), but for the finals of a match that gets international coverage, that seems a bit surreal.
For the non-bridge players, imagine watching a thrilling superbowl with a penalty flag … and rather than reviewing it then, the officials huddle after the game and add or subtract a few points. There may be logistically good reasons for this, but it’s hellaciously anti-climactic.
And with all the boards played, it’s Fleisher by 3 (assuming that BBO has a 1 IMP mis-score, as noted by various expert commentators), with grue appealing a hand that could easily swing 6 IMPs (I think).