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Kiwis on the Coast - Day 7, Friday

A Great Day for the Kiwis

All went accoring to plan for those Kiwis still left in the Open Teams. Ware (Michael Ware, Nick Jacob, GeO Tislevoll, Terje Lie, Max Henbest, David Wiltshire) won both their quarter final against Van Der Vlugt (79-43.1)  and then their semi-final 76-55.1  against the up till then unbeaten Ashton (Sophie Ashton, Peter Gill, Sartaj Hans, Marty Fleischer and Andy Hung). Meanwhile Cornell (Ashley Bach, Matthew Brown, Michael Whibley, Alex Antonios and Nabil Edgtton) had the morning off as the second highest qualifier but accounted for the mainly South African Apteker (Alon and Noah Apteker, Sven-Ake Bjerregaro and Rob Stephens) 103.1-80 in the 36 board semi-final.

Both semi-finals were close with both Kiwi teams slightly behind before the third and final sets. However, Cornell won their last set 43-7 and Ware won theirs 47-24 to set up a final in which 7 of the 11 players are Kiwis.

There was more success in the Women's play-off with Sue Lusk, Viv Wood, Rachelle Pelkman and Steph Jacob beating Val Biltoft, Cynthia Belonogoff, Pauline Collett and Catherine Hood 126-96.1.

 

The Ivy Dahler Swiss Pairs is also proving a happy hunting ground as the following results indicate with three rounds to go:

    Ivy Dahler Butler Swiss Pairs  
    (after 7 out of 10 rounds) -109 tables  
    North-South    top 30  
1st   Liz and Blair Fisher 105.93
8th   Mark Siegrist - Andrew Janisz 90.46
9th   Annette and Stephen Henry 90.44
19th   Chen Ling - Herman Yuan 82.28
23rd   Andrew Tarbutt - Alister Stuck 80.83
28th   Jane Morris - Bev Henton 78.97
30th   Leslie and Russell Watt 78.83

 

  East - West  
10th   Fuxia Wen - Ian Berrington 86.96
11th   Alan Gant - Jane Lennon 86.93
12th   Barry Jones - Jenny Millington 86.57
13th   George Sun - Alice Young 86.51
19th   Margaret Perley - Paul Freeland 84.02
22nd   Noel and Claire Woodhall 82.66
24th   Murat Genc - Arleen Schwartz 80.31
26th   Michael Johnstone - Paula Gregory 80.22
27th   Gillian Gonthier- Reeve Pring 79.25
29th    Harry Shepherd - Greg Buzzard 77.97
30th   Lorraine Stachurski - Mindy Wu 77.53
       
    Intermediate  88 pairs   (in top 30)  
3rd   Nicky Bowers - Joy Watkinson 99.19
16th   Julian and Pamela Glyn 82.17
20th   Graham Westenra - Mary Penington 80.24
24th   Jenny Carr- Kelvin Tibble 78.66
28th   Paul Maxwell - Gail Tippett 77.40
       
    Restricted 98 Pairs   (in top 30)  
1st   Brad Tattersfield - Jan Borren 107.31
3rd   Jenni Borren - Margaret Robbie 94.43
5th   Kevin Birch - Julie Quilty 90.54
7th   Anna Chappell - Marilyn Kennedy 88.10
8th   Denise Mayhew - Dave Garrett 87.41
9th   Adrienne Dale - Miriam Lewin 87.37
12th   Barbara Imlach - Annette Martin 82.27
13th   Kaye McCreadie - Yvonne Helps 81.74
17th   Deborah Matthews - Darryl Dowthwaite 80.00
19th   Chris Glyde - Maria Casci 79.71
25th   Sue Hunt - Sue Skarupsky 78.10

Brad Tattersfield and Jan Borren have a healthy lead in the Restricted event with three rounds left.

Meanwhile, the Seres McMahon Match Point Swiss Pairs has finished with these being the top 20 Kiwi finishers(52 pairs):

6th   Jan Lenton - Lizzy Hornsey 75.98
11th   Bruce Anderson -Kathryn Tennant 72.18
16th   Alan Currie- Patrick Bugler 69.46
20th   Caroline Casely - Sam Gurney 66.80

 

A Small Inference

This board was played a couple of days earlier in Round 9 of the Teams. Many declarers failed in both 4Heart-small and 4Spade-small though not Ian Berrington. With no interference bidding, he received Diamond-small2 (4th highest leads) against his 4Spade-small game. This went to East’s queen with a low club returned to West’s ace and Club-small10 to Ian’s king.

How would you play the trump suit for just one loser?

Board 14
East Deals
None Vul
A 10 2
A 8 6 4
K 10 5
9 7 2
   
N
W   E
S
   
 
J 8 6 4 3
K Q J 9 3
3
K Q

 

Ian had but one tiny clue. It looked like West had 4 diamonds to East’s 5. Using the Vacant Spaces theory, this meant there was just a slight inference that West held more spades than East. In that case, he must start playing trumps with the jack:

Board 14
East Deals
None Vul
A 10 2
A 8 6 4
K 10 5
9 7 2
K 9 5
10 7 2
J 9 6 2
A 10 4
 
N
W   E
S
 
Q 7
5
A Q 8 7 4
J 8 6 5 3
 
J 8 6 4 3
K Q J 9 3
3
K Q

 

West did not cover. Had they done so, Ian would still have had a problem. This meant that he could lose a spade to the queen and then finesse on the second round to make his contract. The fact that a heart switch at trick 2 would have certainly set this contract takes nothing away from Ian’s good reasoning in taking the successful line.

Just another boring average!

A warning. What follows is not for the purist. If you regard yourself as one, please skip. However, if you are fun-loving, please read on...

You get exactly a 50% board from the following in Round 5 of the Seres McMahon MatchPoint Swiss Pairs. Does that mean the bidding and the final contract were very similar. What do you think?

I was South and opened a strong 1NT with:

     
     
South Deals
Both Vul
 
N
W   E
S
   
 
A J
J 7
A 9 7 6 3
K Q 10 8

West doubled with this being passed round to me. I was a little concerned about the majors and thus retreated 2Club-small which might yet be better than diamonds.

West passed that but not my partner who rather surprised me by bidding 3NT! Oops, maybe I should have passed that double after all.

Yet, we were not finished yet. The up to now quiet East came in with a penalty double from my right. It was all too hard for me. I passed.

Not though West, the initial doubler. “4Heart-small” said he and that was passed round yet again to me. “Trust your partner” seemed like a good motto and so my penalty double ended this crazy auction. We soon had 5 tricks and +500. 50% board. Look:

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

 

It seems the room was equally divided among those who made 5Diamond-small and those who did not. Had I passed 1NT, the score would have been +180, still a 50% board. Had West passed 3NT x, our score would have been -500 (heart lead) and 50% less than 50% on this board.

Maybe, West should have lived by the sword on which he seemed about to die!

For the record, East-West’s double of a strong 1NT is long-suit style while against a weak no-trump, it is a more standard penalty double. Even though the strength of the 1NT was announced, East forgot their system. Had they passed 3NT or indeed West passed 1NT, they would have achieved perhaps a huge score the less dramatic way.

Richard Solomon

The final report from the Gold Coast will be on Monday and not Sunday morning.

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