1st World Youth Congress Page 3 Bulletin 2 - Sunday 16 August 2009


Girls... they wanna have fun

by Marjo Chorus

For the first round of the teams event, we are watching the girls teams from Turkey, the hosts, and the Netherlands. This happens to be a match in which quite a number of IMPs exchanged hands; there are a few slams to be bid and on some other hands, careful bidding and play is required. Swings galored all over the place on board 2:

Board: 2. Dlr: East/NS
 ♠ 9 7 6 5 3
10 5
9 7 4
♣ A 6 5

♠ Q 4
9 7
Q 10 2
♣ K 10 9 4 3 2
Bridge deal
♠ 8 2
J 8 6 4
J 6 3
♣ Q J 8 7
 ♠ A K J 10
A K Q 3 2
A K 8 5

Open Room
WestNorthEastSouth
SariŲzJ. SpangenbergTekinS. Spangenberg
  Pass2♣
Pass2Pass2
Pass2NTPass3
Pass??   

Now, Jamilla Spangenberg has a problem. According to the partnership agreements, she cannot bid 2♠ over 2 the latter bid promising a six-card suit. As a consequence, the spades are lost after partnerís 3 rebid. She finishes off the auction by bidding 4 and thus, the spade slam is missed by the Dutch. Eleven tricks, Netherlands Girls +650. After the match, the Dutch captain suggests that it is not a good idea to have such strict requirements for a 2♠ bid after partnerís strong opening bid; five-card suits are more frequent than six-baggers.

Another Junior player suggested to play 2♠ as a weak relay and the 2NT reply as showing five spades. This way, you are giving a much clearer picture of your hand to partner.

The Turkish girls had no problem whatsoever in reaching 6♠ for +1430 and 13 IMPs.

After this good start for the Turkish girls, we saw a lot of one-way traffic in favour of the Dutch. Board 6 was an interesting play problem, amply discussed in Jos Jacobsí report on this same round.

On board 9 the girls show they know their theory. The elimination endplay in 4 was easily found at both tables.

Board: 9. Dlr: North/EW
 ♠ 7 6 5 4 2

Q 7 4
♣ 10 8 6 5 3

♠ 9 3
J 8 7 5 2
K 9 5 3
♣ Q J
Bridge deal
♠ A K 8
A K 10 6 4
A J 2
♣ 9 7
 ♠ Q J 10
Q 9 3
10 8 6
♣ A K 4 2

South leads a top club against 4 and continues a spade. You win, cash two top trumps and the other top spade, ruff the last spade and exit with the ♣Q. South can win her Q but then has to concede a ruff and discard or give away the diamond finesse. Well played at both tables.

The final result of the match was a big win for the Netherlands (25-4 V.P.) It had been an entertaining round at many more tables (we saw a score of 80-7 somewhere else) but apparently not in the USA Red v. Scotland under 26 match: the final score there was 2-1 in IMPs!



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