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World Championships in Wuhan. Day 2

Three wins from 12 matches may not seem a particularly good return from the second day’s play. Indeed, both The Bridge Blacks and Bridge Masters are struggling to get momentum so far. However, the Bridge Ferns performed creditably against strong European opposition and although both they and the Mixed Blacks dropped places, both would be pleased with their results. The Mixed Blacks’ win over USA 2 would have been particularly pleasing.

                                        Open (Bridge Blacks)                              Women (Bridge Ferns)

Match

Opponents

imps

NZ Vps

NZ Position

 

Match

Opponents

imps

NZ vps

NZ pos.

4.

England

19-41

4.62

22nd

 

4.

Norway

31-32

10.69

7th

5.

Russia

8-54

1.23

22nd

 

5.

Denmark

33-46

6.48

9th

6.

Chile

24-58

2.69

22nd

 

6.

Russia

34-28

11.76

12th

 

                     Seniors (Bridge Masters)                                    Mixed (Mixed Blacks)

Match

Opponents

imps

NZ Vps

NZ Position

 

Match

 

Opponents

imps

NZ vps

NZ pos.

4.

Australia

17-30

6.48

24th

 

4.

 

USA 2

38-34

11.20

11th

5.

Japan

31-55

4.26

24th

 

5.

 

Canada

21-26

8.52

13th

6.

China HK

26-55

3.42

24th

 

6.

 

Thailand

36-33

10.91

12th

 

A series of game swings in the “out” basket and a couple of cases of poor slam bidding cost the Bridge Blacks on this day. They would hope to start Day 3 with a moral boosting win over fellow strugglers Guadeloupe.

Today we feature a fighting come-back by the Bridge Ferns in their match against Russia. They trailed 4-26 after 9 boards and turned that around with some great defending:

Round 6

Board 26
East Deals
Both Vul
J
Q 4 2
K 10
A K J 9 7 6 2
10 9 8 7 6 3 2
A J 10
8 4
5
 
N
W   E
S
 
A K 5
K 5
Q 7 6 5 2
10 8 3
 
Q 4
9 8 7 6 3
A J 9 3
Q 4
West North East South
  Linda Cartner   Glenis Palmer
    1  Pass
1  Pass 1  Pass
4  Dbl 4  All pass

 

1Club-small was a multi-purpose Polish 1Club-small with 1Diamond-small being a negative. 1Spade-small was described as “two spades”, either lost in translation or the best available bid. West splintered with Linda Cartner then able to make a lead directional double. Glenis Palmer obliged with Club-smallQ. Linda used a very useful power in defending…the “power of positive thinking”. She placed the Diamond-smallA in her partner’s hand…and overtook at trick 1 to lead Diamond-smallK. When East did not produce the ace, she was in business with her Spade-smallJ producing the fourth defensive trick. They were the only Women’s pair to defeat this contract…12 imps to the Bridge Ferns.

Wuhan  Linda Glenis.jpg
 Great switch, Linda.... with Glenis being there for you with Diamond-smallA as any good partner would.

Jenna and Christine Gibbons went one imp better three boards later.

Round 6

Board 29
North Deals
Both Vul
J 9 8 4 2
2
Q 4
K 10 6 4 2
A 5 3
J 9 8 7
9 8 7 3 2
8
 
N
W   E
S
 
K Q 7 6
10
J 10 6
A J 9 7 5
 
10
A K Q 6 5 4 3
A K 5
Q 3
West North East South
Christine Gibbons   Jenna Gibbons  
  2  Pass 4 
All pass      

 

2Spade-small showed spades and a minor. Christine led her singleton club. South should have played her queen under Jenna’s ace though Jenna would have continued with a club any way. Jenna played back Club-small9 at trick 2 suggesting a spade switch (the higher non-trump suit) with Christine under-leading her ace to Jenna’s queen (though for West’s benefit, the king this time would have been a more comforting card until the queen held!) and another club provided Christine with either another ruff or a trump trick if declarer ruffed high… down one while after the same initial lead, Glenis Palmer made an overtrick in the same contract…13 imps in.

25 imps with great defence turned defeat into a 6-imp win. The Black Ferns are after 6 matches only 14vps behind the leaders, China, while the Mixed Ferns are 15 vps behind 3rd place Latvia.

Finally, one hand from the Mixed Blacks win over Indonesia in Round 3, a well-bid slam by Annette and Stephen Henry:

Board 12
West Deals
N-S Vul
K 6
8
K Q 10 6 5
A J 6 5 2
A 8 7 5 2
K 10 6 5
3 2
4 3
 
N
W   E
S
 
J 9
Q 3 2
8 7
K Q 10 9 8 7
 
Q 10 4 3
A J 9 7 4
A J 9 4
West North East South
  Stephen   Annette
Pass 1  Pass 1 
Pass 2  Pass 2 
Pass 3  Pass 4 
Pass 4  Pass 4 NT
Pass 5  Pass 5 
Pass 6  All pass  

2Spade-small was 4th suit Forcing with 4Diamond-small setting the trump suit. Stephen cued his Spade-smallK and then his Club-smallA after Annette’s “waiting” 4NT. Annette signed off with Stephen raising to the slam. The Club-smallK was led with Stephen able to ruff clubs and dispose another on the Spade-small10 to bring home the slam for 13 imps when their opponents bid and made 3NT.

More of that, we hope, on Day 3.

Richard Solomon

 

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