1st World Youth Congress Page 4 Bulletin 10 - Sunday Evening 23 August 2009


IMP Pairs Final, fourth session

by Marjo Chorus

Right on the first board, runners up Handa-Murai lost a lot ofImps:

Board: 1. Dlr: North/None
 ♠ K 4
A K J 10 9 5
K 4
♣ A K 4

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

WestNorthEastSouth
OwenMuraiSharpHanda
 1Pass1♠
Pass3NTPass4
Pass4Pass6♠
All pass    

The auction proceeds in a jumping style, so the exchange of info is not very precise. Murai thinks for some time over 6♠; in my opinion, he should have gone for the grand. Scoring +980 yielded -2 IMPs. When Agarwal-Bayakhchev and Kralik-Ticha, the nos. 1 and 3, reach the grand, they both score +10 IMPs so Kralik-Ticha have passed Handa-Murai on the first board already. The grand was bid six times.

The hunters are firmly beaten by Leufkens-Verbeek:

Board: 4. Dlr: West/All
 ♠ Q 10 8 6
10 9 3 2
J 5
♣ A 5 3

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

WestNorthEastSouth
VerbeekMuraiLeufkensHanda
PassPass1♣1♠
Dble2♠DblePass
33♠4All pass

The 3 bid by Thijs Verbeek on this beautiful suit convinces Handa that saving in 4♠ against 4 is not a good idea. The distribution,however, is very favourable to declarer. The spade lead is taken by the Ace. Two rounds of trumps follow, declarer getting the bad news. Next comes a club to North’s Ace and he returns the J to the King and Ace. Kanda next cashes a spade trick and then hopefully tries the Q. Now, dummy’s diamonds are good so declarer can ruff, cash the J and cross in clubs to draw the last trump and enjoy the diamonds. It looks like a defensive mistake but as South holds the ♣109 bare, declarer can also ruff the spade return in dummy, cash the Q and cross by overtaking the ♣Q. Draw the last trump and the clubs are good. A dramatic -12 IMPs to Kanda-Murai. The save in 4♠ is one down on the diamond ruff for -5 IMPs or -7 IMPs doubled as nearly none of the EW pairs was declaring the hand and Leufkens-Verbeek were the only ones to be allowed to play 4. On the next board, their conservative approach costs the Japanese another 9 IMPs:

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

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

WestNorthEastSouth
VerbeekMuraiLeufkensHanda
 1♣1♠1NT
Pass2♣All pass 

Nearly every South player rebid 2NT, raised to three by North. Nine tricks are easy so playing in 2♣ and making two overtricks costs Murai-Handa 9 IMPs. On board 9, the Greeks Giannoulis-Oikonomopoulos take the right decision against the normal 4, bid by their Swedish opponents:

Board: 9. Dlr: North/EW
 ♠ A 7 5 2
Q 2
10 7
♣ A 10 8 3 2

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

WestNorthEastSouth
Billiet GiannoulisGeensOikonomopoulos
 Pass1 Pass
3♣*Dble34♣
Pass5♣5All pass

* 6-9 pnt with 4crd hearts When North doubles the conventional 3♣, NS quickly find the good save against the vulnerable 4. Five Clubs is down only three. When Geens goes on to 5, he finds out that this has no chance: one down and 11 IMPs lost. Delle Cave-Fellus, 4th in the ranking, have a defensive slip on board 15 which proved expensive as the contract was doubled:

Board: 15. Dlr: South/NS
 ♠ 4 2
Q J 8 7 5 4 2
4 2
♣ K 6

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

WestNorthEastSouth
Fellus KidoDelle CaveKaneta
   1
Pass1Pass1♠
Pass2PassPass
DbleAll pass   

West’s reopening double was converted by East for penalties and that is the right decision. But then: spade lead to the Ace, spade to the King and a club! Declarer puts in the Jack, covered by Queen and King. Over to South with the ♣A and two diamonds go on the ♣10 and ♠J. EW’s diamond trick thus is lost and NS can write +670 and 13 IMPs. The closing boards of the session did not look very exciting on paper but the final rankings were a big surprise. Antonio Borzi and Andrea Mortarotti, 12th after the 3rd session, score a tremendous +84 IMPs, more than enough to win the final session. They rise to the runner-up position. Jérôme Amiguet and Cédric Margot are second in the final session and thus rise to third place overall. And the gold? That goes to the Czechs: Frantisek Kralik and Magdalena Ticha whose score in the final session of +36 IMPs saw them clinch the highest honour. Congratulations.


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