1st World Youth Congress Page 3 Bulletin 4 - Tuesday 18 August 2009


Swiss Teams Round 10

by Marjo Chorus and Jos Jacobs

Japan-Czech v. Netherlands Orange

In the first match of the day, Japan-Czech had tied their match with the Netherlands Girls and thus dropped a spot in the rankings, so they may well have taken their seats in this second match with mixed feelings. Netherlands Orange, on the other hand, were fresh from an 11-19 defeat against their Red countrymen and were thus about to leave the top eight unless they could record a victory.

The scoreboard really started moving from board 3 onwards. On board 3, the Japanese and the Czechs both stole the contract:

Board: 3. Dlr: South/EW
 ♠ A 5 2
10 8 2
3 2
♣ Q 10 5 4 2

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

Open Room
WestNorthEastSouth
WackwitzKopeckyNabMacura
   1
2♠PassPassDble
Pass3All pass  

After South’s reopening double, East got another chance to speak but Nab clearly did not expect such a good hand with Wackwitz. When the latter leads a normal ♠K rather than a “brilliant” ♣K, Macura has nine easy tricks. Japan-Czech +140.

Closed Room

WestNorthEastSouth
KoikePhilipsenMiuraVan Lankveld
   1
1♠2Dble3
3♠Pass4♠All pass

In the Closed Room, the Japanese have no trouble in reaching 4♠ for another +620 and 13 IMPs for their team. On the next board, Japan-Czech are again on the right side of the score but this time due to a major defensive error:

Board: 4. Dlr: West/All
 ♠ K Q
Q 7 5 3
Q 7 6 5
♣ Q 9 2

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

Open Room
WestNorthEastSouth
WackwitzKopeckyNabMacura
PassPassPass1
Pass2NTPass3NT
All pass    

You might conceivably make game in hearts on the NS hands but the Czechs end up in a terrible contract, even more so after East finds a club lead. West wins his ♣AK and clears the suit. Declarer wins the Queen, unblocks his top spades and plays a diamond to the King. Two more spades follow on which East discards his last club…and now he is forced to play hearts after winning his diamond AJ. Nine tricks, Japan-Czech +600.

Closed Room
WestNorthEastSouth
KoikePhilipsenMiuraVan Lankveld
PassPassPass1
Pass1Pass2
Dble3All pass  

Game certainly has play but in 3, declarer played safely for nine tricks. NL Orange +140 but 10 IMPs to Japan-Czech.

Board: 5. Dlr: North/NS
 ♠ 10 9 5 3
A Q
A 5
♣ A Q J 5 4

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

Open Room
WestNorthEastSouth
WackwitzKopeckyNabMacura
 1♣12
34♠All pass  

2 was a weak jump overcall in spades and Kopecky had no trouble in becoming declarer in what was a straightforward contract if played by North. One overtrick, Japan-Czech +650.

Closed Room

WestNorthEastSouth
KoikePhilipsenMiuraVan Lankveld
 1♣22♠
44♠PassPass
55♠All pass  

The Japanese put on maximum pressure on their opponents by taking the save (down four on a diamond ruff) and were amply rewarded when North bid one more. Once West could lead a heart at trick 1, setting the contract was assured. Japan-Czech +100 and 13 IMPs more.

Board 6 also cost the Dutch 5 IMPs when they overbid to a game with almost no play and then it was slam time again:

Board: 7. Dlr: South/All
  ♠ 8 7 6
J 4 3 2
8 6
♣ Q 8 5 2

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

Closed Room
WestNorthEastSouth
KoikePhilipsenMiuraVan Lankveld
   2!!
2♠34Pass
5♣Pass5Pass
6♠All pass   

No problems for Koike-Miura: +1430.

Open Room

WestNorthEastSouth
WackwitzKopeckyNabMacura
   2
2♠Pass4♠All pass

2 showed hearts. Here, East did not cuebid over partner’s overcall but he simply raised to game. Thus, the good slam was quickly missed. All 13 tricks were duly made on a good diamond guess but 12 more IMPs went Japan-Czech’s way to make the score 55-0 at this point.

The last three boards were not suitable at all for a (partial) Dutch recovery. They manage to reach the scoreboard by an overtrick on board 9 but another 5-imp loss on board 10 makes the final score look very nice for our transnationals: a mega-victory by 61-1 which equals to 25-0 in V.P. They are well on their way to the quarterfinals!



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