1st World Youth Congress Page 2 Bulletin 4 - Tuesday 18 August 2009


Swiss Teams Round 9

by Jos Jacobs and Marjo Chorus

Five more rounds to go before the knock-out starts. The target is finishing among the top eight after 13 rounds. All well-placed teams are looking how many well-placed teams they haven’t yet played and feeling more at ease when they find out they have dealt with most of them.

Among them is the team from Poland, lying 5th at present with 139 V.P. They have to play Greecoura from Greece, 8th with 137 V.P. and below are a few hands from that match.

A little lower down the table we can find some teams who still have a chance to qualify, provided they start off the day with a big win. One of those teams desperately looking for V.P. is certainly France, 14th overnight on 128 V.P. They would play the Israelis from team Meyouhas, 17th on 123 V.P. A good win would make either team happy here.

On board 22, the Israelis dealt their opponents a preliminary blow:

Board: 22. Dlr: East/EW
 ♠ Q 7 4
K
A J 10 7
♣ A 9 6 4 2

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

Open Room
WestNorthEastSouth
LazarFranceschettiMeyouhasGrosset
  PassPass
1DbleRedblePass
Pass2♣All pass  

East, not holding anywhere near an opening hand, passed as dealer but then his partner came to the rescue. Holding both majors, he tried one of them but once his partner redoubled, he knew it would be wise to stay quiet. Maybe, East expected more action when he passed 2♣ but he certainly must have felt happy after the play was over. One overtrick, France +110.

Closed Room

WestNorthEastSouth
AndreaAsulinKilaniLevy
  1Pass
1Pass1NTPass
2All pass   

Above, we said the Israelis dealt a blow here but as you can see from this auction, this was not quite true. East’s opening bid in fact did the damage. It might have been worse for them, had North found a double of 2 somewhere…Anyway, down three was +300 to Meyouhas and 5 IMPs to open their account. Careless declarer play cost the French dearly on the next board:

Board: 23. Dlr: South/All
 ♠ K J 4 3
A Q 2
A K 10 7
♣ 8 5

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

Open Room
WestNorthEastSouth
LazarFranceschettiMeyouhasGrosset
   Pass
1♣DblePass3♠
Pass4♠All pass  

The normal contract was easily reached and West led a cunning low trump, away from his Queen. Declarer won the ten in hand and crossed to the A to lead a club to the King and Ace. West continued the Q, won in dummy, declarer shedding a heart. Another club went to East’s jack and declarer ruffed the diamond continuation. His next move was to ruff a club in dummy. Either high trump would have saved his day but when he elected to ruff low, East could overruff and play another diamond for his partner to overruff with the unexpected ♠Q. A very nice defence, gallantly exploiting any weaknesses in the declarer play…+100 to Meyouhas.

Closed Room

WestNorthEastSouth
AndreaAsulinKilaniLevy
   Pass
1DblePass2♠
Pass4♠All pass  

Here too, the normal contract was reached and West led a heart. Declarer won the Ace, cashed two top diamonds to get rid of his second heart and led a club which ran to West’s ten. A diamond came back, ruffed in hand, and the next club went to East’s Jack. At this point, East chose to solve declarer’s problems by returning a trump… Not that declarer would have gone down on another return but from here, the overtrick was easy enough. Meyouhas +650 and 13 IMPs more to lead 18-0. In the Poland v. Greecoura match, the score after 3 boards stood at 2-2 when the next board arrived:

Board: 24. Dlr: West/None
 ♠ K Q J 4
8 7
4
♣ K Q J 5 4 2

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

Open Room

WestNorthEastSouth
DoxiadisTuczynskiKontomitrosJassem
Pass1♣Pass1
Pass1♠Pass4♣
Pass4Pass4♠
All pass    

After the Polish Club and an unwelcome splinter, Tuczynski quickly ends up in 4♠ which proved too difficult on this layout. We have not yet found a way to make it double dummy either.

Closed Room

WestNorthEastSouth
JochymskiDarkadakisKazmierczaRoussos
Pass1♣Pass1
Pass1♠Pass2♠
Pass2NTPass4♠
PassPassDbleAll pass

In the Closed Room, the auction is much slower; both players keep trying to exchange and collect extra info. This slowness probably gave Kazmiercza the inspiration to find a well-timed double. He kicks off by cashing two top hearts and continues a heart won by dummy’s Queen. Now, declarer crosses in trumps and successfully runs the ♣K, throwing a heart in dummy. What would be the layout? Was East’s double based on just AK, A or would he also have spade length? Darkadakis puts his money on bringing the ♣A down in not too many rounds so he continues a low club, ruffed in dummy, A and a diamond ruffed in hand, followed by another club, ruffed with the nine. West can overruff and return a trump, so declarer has lost control now and has to concede two down. Poland +300 and 6 IMPs.

Nothing very much is happening in either match until the arrival of the last board.

Board: 30. Dlr: East/None
 ♠ J 5
K Q 5 4
Q 9 3
♣ A 6 4 3

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

Open Room

WestNorthEastSouth
LazarFranceschettiMeyouhasGrosset
  Pass1
Pass11NT2
2♠3♣3♠Pass
Pass5PassPass
DbleAll pass   

The Israelis created a big swing for themselves when they first talked their opponents out of the best game and then doubled them into an unsuccessful line of play. 1NT showed a black twosuiter and 3♣ confirmed a stopper in clubs. When South chose not to bid 3NT over 3♠, North jumped to the obvious alternative game contract for which West had a double in store. Declarer won the ♠K lead and, not wanting to go down too many, started off by playing a low diamond to the nine and King. Quick and painless, one down. Meyouhas +100.

Closed Room

WestNorthEastSouth
AndreaAsulinKilaniLevy
  Pass1
Pass1Pass2
Pass3NTAll pass  

No intervention and a ♣Q lead. Dummy won and the A was cashed, ending all hopes for the defence. Meyouhas +490 and 11 IMPs to win the match 32-0 which is 24-6 in V.P. They would be the team to really stay in the hunt. In the Poland v. Greecoura match, the score stood at 11-8 to Poland with only the last board to play.

Open Room

WestNorthEastSouth
DoxiadisTuczynskiKontomitrosJassem
  Pass1
Pass1Pass2
Pass3♣Pass3
Pass3♠Pass3NT
All pass    

Here, South had become declarer in 3NT and West leads the ♠K. Jassem wins the 3rd round of the suit and, instead of immediately going after the diamonds, first unblocks the ♣K before crossing to the Q and leading the Q. East covers (perforce) but the contract is doomed now as the entry to the diamonds is gone. Down two, Greecoura +100. In the Closed Room, the Greeks find an interesting alternative contract:

Closed Room

WestNorthEastSouth
JochymskiDarkadakisKazmierczaRoussos
  Pass1
Pass1Pass2
Pass3♣Pass4
All pass    

East knows his opponents are in a Moysian fit and thus leads a low trump, scooping up his partner’s ten. West wins the Ace and returns a trump. Declarer wins and cashes a third round of trumps before leading the Q, covered by King and Ace. A low diamond goes to declarer’s nine, the last trump is drawn and dummy is accessed via the ♣K. West gets his diamond trick now and returns a club, so the last spade disappears and an overtrick is born. Greecoura +450 and 11 IMPs to win the match 19-11 or 17-13 V.P. Both teams remain in the hunt.



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