1st World Youth Congress Page 4 Bulletin 7 - Friday 21 August 2009


MP Pairs Qualification, session 2

by Jos Jacobs and Marjo Chorus

In this report, we will mainly be featuring the achievements of the other BAM-winning Italan pair: Robin Fellus and Giuseppe Delle Cave. Maybe, our reports on what both the BAM-winning pairs did today, will also give you an impression about why they won the board-a-match Championship.

On the very first board, the EW high cards are fitting so well together that 3NT is a lay-down with nine top tricks. Another problem might be: how to get there.

Board:1. Dlr: North/None
 ♠ Q 9 8 7 6 3
Q J 5 4
K 10
♣ 6

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

WestNorthEastSouth
Delle Cave GranathFellusOlofsson
 PassPassPass
1♣ 1♠22♠
Dble Pass 3♣ Pass
3♠Pass 3NTAll Pass

South leads the ♠4. Fellus commented in real Italian English: “When I saw dummy, I felt very happy.” We can imagine: if the clubs are not 4-0, the ♣9 will be the entry to cash K as the 9th trick. Bidding 3NT brought EW 61% of the matchpoints. An unexpected magic +200 came by on board 5:

Board:5. Dlr: North/NS
 ♠ A 4
A Q 9 2
A 9 8 2
♣ K J 8

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

WestNorthEastSouth
Delle Cave UcarFellusKoclar
 2♣*Pass2<
Pass3All Pass  

* 18-19 balanced < transfer The ♠Q lead is won by declarer’s Ace and next, Ucar cashes the A and plays his remaining diamond to East’s King. A spade comes back to West’s King and Delle Cave continues the ♣9 to the Jack and Queen. North ruffs the spade continuation, ruffs a diamond and plays a trump to the Queen and East’s King. Apart from the ♣A, the J also is a defensive trick for a surprise two down and 81% to the Italians. Stefan Skorchev from Bulgaria earns a lot of matchpoints on board 10:

Board:10. Dlr: East/All
 ♠ A J 4
10 3
K J 8 2
♣ A 10 9 5

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

WestNorthEastSouth
Delle CaveSkorchevFellusYilmaz
  PassPass
1♠DblePass2♠
2♠Pass3♠Dble
Pass4♣All pass  

For Stefan, it’s asking too much to pass partner’s double of 3♠. ♠Kx does not look a good prospect in defence. He bids 4♣ and to justify his bid, he shows some impeccable declarer play. He ruffs the third round of hearts with the Ace and, consequently, successfully finesses the ♣Q through East for +130 and 85%. The unlucky board number 13 is always dangerous:

Board:13. Dlr: North/All
 ♠ A 9 8 6
5 4 3
Q 8 7
♣ 10 9 2

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

WestNorthEastSouth
Delle Cave LallFellusFournier
 PassPass1NT
All Pass    

Letting the opponents play 1NT usually is not good for you at pairs, even less so if you happen to hold 5-5 in the minors. When West adds to his side’s misfortune by leading the ♠10, South can run this to the Queen and return the suit. West goes up with the King but South correctly ducks this. From here, Jeremy Fournier has six tricks for sure and his -100 brought him no less than 73%. They get even more of the available matchpoints on a few of the following boards. Here, Luz Ortega and Jonathan Hantos from Venezuela are the victims. After going down four in 5 doubled on board 17, they correctly double 4♠ on board 18:

Board:18. Dlr: East/NS
 ♠ -
K 8 3 2
J 9 7 6 5 4
♣ 5 4 2

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

WestNorthEastSouth
Delle Cave OrtegaFellusHantos
  Pass1NT
22NT 3♠Pass
4DbleAll pass  

2 showed one major, 2NT was Lebensohl and 3 was play or correct.

The diamond lead went to South’s Ace and a low trump went to dummy’s six. Delle Cave now called for a low club from dummy and, not for the first time this week, South does not go up with her Ace. A diamond was now ruffed in dummy, the ♣K covered and ruffed and ten tricks were home, +590 to EW and 90.5% to Fellus-Delle Cave. Against the leaders after the first session, something goes terribly wrong for the Italians:

Board:28. Dlr: West/NS
 ♠ 10 4
K 10 8 6 2
J 7 3 2
♣ Q 7

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

WestNorthEastSouth
Delle CaveTuczynskiFellusJassem
1NTPass2♣ Pass
2Pass2Pass
2♠Pass 2NTPass
3All pass   

East first shows a weakish hand with both majors but then, he gets the idea that something more should be done. Before the roof comes down completely, East quickly passes 3. West has a look at dummy and then creeps under the screen window, asking his partner with a broad grin on his face: “Are you all right, man?”

Down four and just under 3% for the efforts.

So, dear readers, as you can see, Delle Cave and Fellus had their ups and downs but they scored just under 60% in the session. It would be a big shock if they would not be able to qualify from here, averaging about 56% for the day.



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