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FAVOURITES WIN NORTH ISLAND TEAMS

There were no surprises at the end of the North Island Teams as four members of the current New Zealand Open Team, Michael Cornell, Ashley Bach, GeO Tislevoll and Michael Ware won the event emphatically by just under 17vps. However, they were given a fight by a Dunedin team which led for several of the earlier rounds. The top ten positions in the 34 team field were:

1.

Cornell

Michael Cornell, Ashley Bach, GeO Tislevoll, Michael Ware

121.16

2.

Yuan

Herman Yuan, Yuzhong Chen, Rachelle Pelkman, Murray Wood

104.19

3.

Westoby

Jonathan Westoby, Malcolm Mayer, Denis Humphries, David Dolbel

100.65

4.

Schwartz

Arleen Schwartz, Murat Genc, Margaret Perley, Paul Freeland

  99.71

5.

Young

Alice Young, George Sun, June Lei, Gong Yunfei

  94.55

6.

Solomon

Richard Solomon, Ian Berrington, Gary Chen, John Wong

  94.09

7.

Jones

Pat Carter, Julie Atkinson, Barry Jones, Jenny Millington

  93.25

8.

Miao

Clair Miao, Wayne Burrows, Carol Richardson, Andi Boughey

  92.43

9.

Ker

Charles and Anthony Ker, Alister Stuck, Russell Wilson

  92.26

10.

Curry

Michael Curry, Liz Fisher, Neil Stuckey, Barry Palmer

  91.16

 

Who and what is missing?                           Strong performance from down South

Ashley GeO Michael Cornell.png        Paul Freeland Margaret Perley, Murat Arleen.jpg    
We have 3 of the winners, Ashley Bach,         Paul Freeland, Margaret Perley, Arleen Schwartz and
GeO Tislevoll and Michael Cornell but           Murat Genc had a fine weekend until they met the Cornell

Michael Ware had made a quick get-away    team in the penultimate round.
and had taken his victory joke with him!

Schwartz were very much in contention before they met Cornell in round 7 (8 rounds of 14 boards). At that point, on the back of five successive victories Schwartz had 89.54 vps with Cornell on 88.13. However, in the head-to-head, Cornell had three double-figure swings in with none in the “out” column and scored 17.77 vps. In the final round, Cornell had a comfortable win over Ker while Schwartz lost narrowly to Westoby.

The event was very well run, as usual, by the Tauranga Club and the directors, Murray Wiggins and Tony Morcom.

The battle of the majors – part 1 (with a third suit on the side!)

“Do not put an 8 card suit down as dummy.”

The above is a quote from a recent article on this website. It rang very true in one board from Round 7. Firstly, though, how many spades would you bid with the following hand at equal nil vul. after your right -hand opponent opens 1Heart-small:

Spade-small AKT9753

Heart-small T82

Diamond-small KJ

Club-small 2

Some might have taken the low road with just 1Spade-small, others a higher route 4Spade-small. It seems a little too good for a pre-emptive 3Spade-small at that vulnerability. Over a direct 4Spade-small, and a pass from opener’s partner, fourth to speak had an easy to call 5Diamond-small but would you have tried 6Diamond-small on the West hand below had South competed with 5Heart-small? Making the 8- card diamond suit declarer would have been a remarkably good idea this time:

Board 1
North Deals
None Vul
J 8
A J 7 6 5 3
9
A K 10 6
4
A Q 8 7 6 4 3 2
J 7 5 4
 
N
W   E
S
 
A K 10 9 7 5 3
10 8 2
K J
2
 
Q 6 2
K Q 9 4
10 5
Q 9 8 3
West North East South
  1  4  5 
6  ?    

 

It is unclear what West expected to do with their 4 little clubs though the minors East held, along with the break in both spades and diamonds were perfect for those Wests who tried 6Diamond-small. Five West players tried with 4 being allowed to play there, 3 times doubled. One wise North-South pair retreated to 6Heart-small which was neither doubled nor defended to the full. (one down)

In the Cornell v Schwartz match, Michael Cornell ended as declarer in 4Spade-small. It seems that Ashley Bach had no qualms in putting down his 8 card suit as dummy!  In theory, this contract can be defeated by one trick on a trump or club lead (then trump switch) but the Heart-smallK seems a stand-out selection from the South seat. Thus, 4Spade-small made though Schwartz gained 6 imps when Ware-Tislevoll doubled 5Diamond-small in the other room, declarer making the overtrick.  
Young, Keen and Loving it.....                                 .... More Mature, still keen and Loving it.

Zachary Ryan and Yi wei   N Island Teams 19.jpg              Sonia Crawford  Tom Winiata N Isl Teams 19.jpg    
That's three young Aucklanders, Zachary Yan,          They certainly do...Sonia Crawford from Matamata
Ryan Song and Yi Wei Qi.                                           and Rotorua's Tom Winiata.

The battle of the majors – part 2

It is usually nice in such hands to hold the spade suit when these battles occur. How though do you handle the situation when you have the hearts:

     
Board 19
South Deals
E-W Vul
 
N
W   E
S
   
 
K 8
A Q 10 9 5 4
A Q 9
J 7
West North East South
      1 
1  2  3  ?

 

3Spade-small is pre-emptive rather than constructive though at that vulnerability should not be a 4-3-3-3 one count! So, it seems there are two strongish hands and two weak hands in the North and East seats. What do you do in the above situation?  

If you bid 4Heart-small, you must know what you will do when the opposition bid 4Spade-small. Maybe they will bid 4Spade-small whether or not you bid 4Heart-small? Who can make what?

The winning action, probably, was not to bid 4Heart-small or if you do, to bid on to 5Heart-small because fortune favoured the spade bidders:

Board 19
South Deals
E-W Vul
7
K J 2
J 7 5 3 2
10 9 5 3
A Q J 10 4
8 6
K 10 4
A 6 4
 
N
W   E
S
 
9 6 5 3 2
7 3
8 6
K Q 8 2
 
K 8
A Q 10 9 5 4
A Q 9
J 7
West North East South
      1 
1  2  3  ?

 

The well-placed Spade-smallK and Diamond-smallA meant that 4Spade-small was a make while in 4Heart-small, the defence had four tricks to take, or should have! These were the results at the 34 tables:

4Heart-small

S

450

  5

3Heart-small

S

200

  1

5Spade-small

W

100

  1

4Heart-small

S

-50

11

5Heart-small

S

-100

  2

3Spade-small

W

-170

  3

5Heart-smallx

S

-300

  2

4Spade-small

W

-620

  8

4Spade-smallX

W

-790

 1

 

Thus, out of 34 tables, 16 defended 4Heart-small, 11 successfully, while 9 got to play 4Spade-small and 4 sacrificed in 5Heart-small. South has a tough decision to make over 4Spade-small. Perhaps passing 3Spade-small would have been a good idea to see if one’s opponents do try for the vulnerable game. At 3 tables they did not.

The board was imps out for Cornell as 4Heart-small made when Cornell- Bach were defending but not at the other table. However, by that point, the tournament had been well won.

  A Mug Shot!                                                                                            Just Nice to be there                                                                          

Peer  Andrew Brett  N Isl Teams 19  mug shot.jpg      Hafizur Khan   Nick Edgington  N Is Teams 19.jpg       
  Peer Bach and Brett Glass are having an intelligent conversation     That's Auckland's Hafizur Khan and Nick Edginton. Julle
 about one of the more interesting hands of the day. Does Andrew     Atkinson is far too engrossed in the match scores to pose
 Janisz care? He is totally engrossed in his "cuppa!                             for the photographer!

thanks to Anna Kalma for the photos.

 

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