1st World Youth Congress Page 3 Bulletin 5 - Wednesday 19 August 2009


The Quarterfinals, second half

by Jos Jacobs and Marjo Chorus

For the second half, we will be watching Poland v. Japan-Czech and Italy Red v. France. In the Swiss, France managed to reach the last eight after a fantastic effort, coming from very far behind. At halftime in their quarterfinal, they were 5-31 down against Italy Red. Would the French do the nearly impossible again?

In another quarterfinal, Japan-Czech were comfortably leading by 22 over Poland and when we saw what happened on the second board, we thought this match would be over very quickly:

Board: 18. Dlr: East/NS
 ♠ A 10 3
Q 10 8 6 5 2
7 2
♣ 9 5

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

Open Room
WestNorthEastSouth
MacuraJochymskiKopeckyKazmiercza
  1NTPass
2♠Pass3♣Pass
Pass3Pass3NT
DbleAll pass   

After the transfer, North ventured a balancing 3 but partner did not quite pick up the message. Everybody passed after Macura’s double and out came an unlucky ♠Q. Declarer won the King and led a diamond. Kopecky overtook partner’s nine and produced the ♣J, a switch as obvious as it was devastating. Declarer tried the Queen but now, Macura could win and clear the clubs. With the help of the marked spade finesse, there are four tricks for declarer but he tried another diamond instead. West won the King and the defence had the rest…2000 to Japan-Czech.

Closed Room

WestNorthEastSouth
TuczynskiMiuraJassemKoike
  1NTPass
2♣Pass2Pass
3NTPass4♠All pass

One down, 50 to Japan-Czech and a 19-IMP gain to them. They led by 41 now with 12 to go. The French also picked up some IMPs on this board:

Open Room

WestNorthEastSouth
FranceschettiDi FrancoGrossetManno
  1Pass
1♠Pass2♠Pass
4♠All pass   

Closed Room
WestNorthEastSouth
PaparoLhuissierFranchiLebatteux
  1Pass
1♠Pass2♠Pass
4♠All pass   

West is playing 4♠ at both tables, after simple identical auctions. Both NS pairs are not aware of any club length in West. They both lead the ♣9. In the Open Room, Manno, for Italy, wins the ♣A and continues the suit. Declarer plays low from hand, so dummy wins the jack and a spade is played to the Queen and Ace. North returns a spade to partner’s King, hoping to get a club ruff in front of dummy but Mannno continues…a diamond. Curtains. France +420. In the Closed Room, Lebatteux wins the ♣A and immediately continues a diamond. Dummy’s Jack wins and a spade goes to the Jack and Ace. North now plays another club, making it easy for South to return a club upon winning his ♠K. After ample thought, during which the tension mounted (as it should), South did indeed return a club for partner to ruff. One down. France +50 and 10 IMPs back, exactly the start they needed.

Board: 21. Dlr: North/NS
 ♠ K J 10 9 4
9 7 4
Q 9 8 6 4
♣ -

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

Open Room
WestNorthEastSouth
MacuraJochymskiKopeckyKazmiercza
 2♠Pass4♠
All pass    

The Czechs defended well after the Polish twosuiter. A and a heart, followed by a diamond. This way, East got his diamond ruff when West won the ♠A. One off, Japan-Czech +100.

Closed Room

WestNorthEastSouth
TuczynskiMiuraJassemKoike
 Pass1Pass
2♣Pass2Pass
2NTPass3♣Pass
4All pass   

NS did not speak in the other room, so the Poles were allowed to play 4 in peace. Had South led the ♣A, this would have been another story but on the actual spade lead, declarer won the Ace, drew trumps and conceded a trick to the ♣A, a spade and a diamond. Just made, Poland +420 and 8 IMPs back. Would they do the impossible? Italy also gained some IMPs as this is what happened in their match:

Open Room

WestNorthEastSouth
Franceschetti Di FrancoGrossetManno
 PassPassPass
11♠Dble2
Pass2♠3♣Pass
3NTPassPassDble
4♣PassPassDble
All pass    

The French were not on very firm ground once Grosset introduced his second suit. Franceschetti wisely ran to 4♣ which had to go one off on the 5-0 trump split. Italy +100.

Closed Room

WestNorthEastSouth
PaparoLhuissierFranchiLebatteux
 2♠Pass2NT
Dble34Pass
PassDblePass4♠
All pass    

Two rounds of hearts and a diamond back meant the same one down as in the other match so another +100 and 5 IMPs to Italy. Disasters all round on the next board:

Board: 22. Dlr: East/EW
 ♠ 10 8 3 2
J
A 9 7 6
♣ 10 5 4 2

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

Open Room
WestNorthEastSouth
MacuraJochymskiKopeckyKazmiercza
  1♠3
35PassPass
DblePass5Pass
5♠Pass6♣Pass
6♠All pass   

South duly led a diamond to partner’s Ace but apparently lost count during the play of the hand. At trick 12 he had to find a discard from K and J. When he chose the former, having seen partner follow suit in hearts once with the Jack, declarer’s 10 all of a sudden was good for +1430. Needless to say: East’s pass over 5 was forcing.

Closed Room

WestNorthEastSouth
TuczynskiMiuraJassemKoike
  1♠Pass
2♣*Pass2Pass
3Pass3♠Pass
4♣Pass4All pass

The correct final contract (or one of them; 4♠ is also OK). Poland +620 but 13 IMPs gone. It could be much worse, as they showed at both (!) tables in the other match.

Open Room

WestNorthEastSouth
Franceschetti Di FrancoGrossetManno
  1♠Pass
2Pass3Pass
3♠Pass4♣Pass
4Pass4NTPass
5Pass5NTPass
7♠All pass   

An easy lead for North: A and a heart. Dummy’s Ace is put up and declarer is down two: Italy +200.

Closed Room

WestNorthEastSouth
PaparoLhuissierFranchiLebatteux
  1♠Pass
2Pass3Pass
3♠Pass3NTPass
4♣Pass4♠Pass
4NTPass5♣Pass
5Pass6Dble
All pass    

The Italians get to slam in hearts, played by West. As it is North to lead, his A is on the table in a flash. One down, France +200 and a “Mexican standoff” instead of a 3-IMP loss, thanks to Lebatteux’ double. Board 25 signals the end of any French hopes:

Board: 25. Dlr: North/EW
 ♠ K 9 5
K 7
A K 9 6 4
♣ A J 8

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

Open Room
WestNorthEastSouth
Franceschetti Di FrancoGrossetManno
 2*Pass2♠<
Pass2NTPass3♣
Pass3Pass3
Pass3NTPass4
Pass4♠Pass4NT
Pass6All pass  

* 18-19 Balanced hand

< xfer to 2n The normal contract. Italy +980.

Closed Room

WestNorthEastSouth
PaparoLhuissierFranchiLebatteux
 1Pass1
Pass2NTPass3
Pass3♠Pass4♣
Pass4Pass4♠
Pass4NTPass6
Pass7All pass  

After a long huddle, Lhuissier goes for all the honours and raises to seven! This can be made if Paparo is kind enough to lead the ♠A but he would not think of it for a second. A trump hits the table and a few moments later, Italy are writing +50 and can add 14 IMPs more to their tally. They lead 53-17 and the French are quickly running out of boards…

The other match was virtually over long ago, as you may remember. Still, the Poles leave the battlefield with honour due to two consecutive big swings:

Board: 26. Dlr: East/All
 ♠ K 3 2
10 8 7 6 5
J 7 6
♣ Q 8

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

Open Room
WestNorthEastSouth
MacuraJochymskiKopeckyKazmiercza
  PassPass
1NTPass3NTAll pass

On the 8 lead, Macura, apparently thinking the hearts are 4-4, exits with his last heart after establishing the clubs instead of taking a straightforward spade finesse. One down, Poland +100.

Closed Room

WestNorthEastSouth
TuczynskiMiuraJassemKoike
  PassPass
1NTPass3NTAll pass

On the lead of the 6, Tuczynski simply takes the spade finesse after winning the second top heart, Nine tricks, no complications, Poland +600 and 12 IMPs back. Next:

Board: 27. Dlr: South/None
 ♠ K J 6 5 3
A 9
K 8 6 4
♣ K 8

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

Open Room
WestNorthEastSouth
MacuraJochymskiKopeckyKazmiercza
   Pass
11♠1NT*2♠
PassPass3♣3♠
Pass4♠PassPass
DbleAll pass   

* clubs

East led a helpful heart and West allowed dummy to win the trick. He took the ♠10 with his Ace and returned a necessary but in this case equally helpful diamond. Declarer won, ran the ♠9 successfully and from there, could no longer avoid the overtrick: Poland +690.

Closed Room

WestNorthEastSouth
TuczynskiMiuraJassemKoike
   Pass
11♠2♣2♠
PassPass3♣Pass
3Pass3All pass

The Japanese would not think of such ambitious spade adventures and quietly sold out to 3 which went two off. Japan-Czech +100 but 11 more IMPs to the Poles. The final result in that match: 76-53 to Japan-Czech. They would progress to meet Netherlands Red in the semis.

In the other match, we saw yet another swing to Italy, be it not as substantial as a few earlier ones:

Open Room

WestNorthEastSouth
Franceschetti Di FrancoGrossetManno
   Pass
Pass1♠3♣Dble
Pass3Pass3♠
All pass    

East led a heart to dummy’s jack and three rounds of trumps followed, West winning the second. As West was out of clubs from the beginning, declarer got two more heart tricks in the end for a fine score of +140. Just made.

Closed Room

WestNorthEastSouth
PaparoLhuissierFranchiLebatteux
   Pass
Pass1♠2♣Dble
2Dble3♣4♠
All pass    

Well, against friendly defence this can be made (as we saw) but not if East, as he did, leads a diamond. The hearts are blocked, the diamonds established for the defence, so declarer will have to concede defeat. The end came with just 7 tricks for Lhuissier and another +150, 7 IMPs more, to Italy.

The board below produced the final nail in the French coffin, and once again they did it themselves:

Board: 28. Dlr: West/NS
 ♠ Q 4
J 9 8 6
K 10 8 6
♣ J 10 7

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

Open Room
WestNorthEastSouth
Franceschetti Di FrancoGrossetManno
2♣*Pass2Pass
2♠Pass2NTPass
3♠Pass4Pass
4Pass4♠Pass
4NTPass5♣Pass
5Pass5♠Pass
6♠All pass   

* Strong Classic French strong bidding but they could not stop in time…Down three, Italy +150.

Closed Room

WestNorthEastSouth
PaparoLhuissierFranchiLebatteux
1♠Pass1NTPass
2♣Pass2NTPass
4♠All pass   

The Italian modern relays worked much better. Just made, Italy +420 and 11 IMPs more to lead 71-17 now, a nice little mirror score and also the final score of the match. Italy Red would have the pleasure (?) of facing USA Blue in the semis, the latter having just had the edge over Greecoura by the odd IMP.



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