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World Championships in Wuhan. Day 6

8th is Getting Closer.

Two Kiwi teams continued excellent winning runs. While for the Bridge Blacks, the realistic aim is a top 8 finish, for our Seniors, all that can be achieved is respectability. Five wins in a row now for the Bridge Masters who ended the day with two countries below them, an unusual experience in their competition. Two excellent wins including against 5th placed Poland have lifted our Open team to 10th, their highest position since round 1.
The Bridge Ferns were in a very competitive position after their win over France but their two losses look as though the top 8 will not be achieved. They are 37vps behind 8th place. No winning joy for the Mixed Blacks with 18th looking like as high as they can achieve.

 

      Open (Bridge Blacks)                                                                 Women (Bridge Ferns)

Match

Opponents

imps

NZ Vps

NZ Position

 

Match

Opponents

imps

NZ vps

NZ pos.

16.

USA 2

48-9

17.97

11th

 

16.

France

32-20

13.28

14th

17.

India

27-29

9.39

11th

 

17.

Brazil

30-54

4.26

15th

18.

Poland

33-10

15.56

10th

 

18.

Canada

20-56

2.41

16th

 

Seniors (Bridge Masters)                                                   Mixed (Mixed Blacks)

Match

Opponents

imps

NZ Vps

NZ Position

 

Match

Opponents

imps

NZ vps

NZ pos.

16.

England

46-19

16.26

23rd

 

16.

France

16-54

2.15

20th

17.

Canada

38-27

13.04

22nd

 

17.

Australia

29-33

8.80

20th

18.

UAE

41-18

15.56

22 nd

 

18.

Sweden

22-44

4.62

20th

 

Bach-Cornell did well to find a 5Heart-small sacrifice to earn the Bridge Blacks a big swing against USA 2.

Round 16

Board 25
North Deals
E-W Vul
A K 4 2
J 10 9 6 5 3
K Q 6
A K J 10 6 4 2
Q
Q 7 4
9 2
 
N
W   E
S
 
9 8
9 3
A K
A J 8 7 5 4 3
 
Q 7 5 3
J 10 8 7 6 5
8 2
10

 

Ashley, South, got his heart suit into the auction enabling the 5Heart-small sacrifice to be made. This contract was just one down doubled, the best result the Americans could achieve as only 10 tricks were realistically available in spades. Matt Brown scored 620 in that contract in the other room.

The Bridge Blacks have three teams in the lower half of the table next, China Hong Kong, Singapore and Argentina before a tough final day sees them up against Italy and Netherlands. Much to play for.

Wohan open team.jpg
  Our Open Team may be cheering on the All Blacks against South Africa. All Kiwi bridge fans
will hope the above team can continue on their excellent run in Wuhan.

Although beaten at both tables in the Bridge Masters’ match against England, the following 4Spade-small was made by most declarers:

Round 16

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

 

As South, Brian Mace conducted an interesting defence in which he only played his winning trump when he was ready.

He led a high heart which was won in dummy. Declarer played a spade to the ace and a second round to dummy’s Spade-small9. Brian ducked that and ducked again on the third round of the suit. Next came a losing diamond finesse… but still that Spade-smallK stayed firmly in Brian’s hand. He exited with another high heart to East’s king. When East played his club, Brian was there with the Spade-smallK and was able to cash two heart winners to defeat the contract. Nicely defended.

The inferences one draws

There was not a lot of joy for the Mixed Blacks on this day but a combined effort of a sub-minimum bid at one table and some good card-reading at the other combined to get 10 imps for the Kiwis in their match against Sweden.

Round 18

Board 29
North Deals
Both Vul
K J 5
K 8 5
Q 7
K 10 9 7 6
7 3
A Q 3
A K 10 8 5
5 4 2
 
N
W   E
S
 
A 9 8 6
J 10 7 6
J 9 6
A Q
 
Q 10 4 2
9 4 2
4 3 2
J 8 3
West North East South
  Stephen Henry   Annette Henry
  1  Dbl 1 
2  2  Pass Pass
3  Pass 3  All pass

 

Annette was just a little light for her 1Spade-small response though the effect of this bid seemed to tie her opponents in knots. They eventually subsided in part-score, making an overtrick.

Alan Grant took a much more practical “tell ‘em nothing" approach to his partner’s take-out double of a Precision 1Diamond-small. With South quiet, he closed the bidding with a swift 3NT.  North led Club-small10 to dummy’s queen. Alan took stock. If North held Spade-smallKQJ, they might well have led that suit. Therefore, he not only placed a high spade card in the South hand, but because of the opening lead, the Club-smallJ as well.

If South held the Diamond-smallQ too, they may well have been in the bidding. So, it seemed North, the opening bidder, would have the Diamond-smallQ. So, no finesse and when the Diamond-smallQ appeared at the duly requested time, Alan could give up a heart trick and emerge with 11 tricks in all. All the Kiwis played their part in that swing, not the least Alan’s partner, Jane Lennon, who produced a couple of rather useful club honours when Alan needed them most!

Richard Solomon

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