Monday, 23 September 2019

World Championships Updates - Women's Team Progress (David Gold)


We are halfway through the quarter final v Poland and are up 45.
All 3 pairs played well today, it was a real team effort so I am very pleased
There were many good boards but I am a little under the weather so for now will share only my favourite,

Nevena found her self in 4S doubled with these hands:

Kxx
Void
AQT9xx
AQ98

QJ98x
QJxx
JX
XX

Rho had opened 4H, pass, pass and Heather as north doubled. Nevena bid 4S- a questionable decision, pass pass double and the 4H bidder doubled (suggesting extra offence) all pass.

She had to back up her bidding with great play.

Heart lead ruffed. King of spades ducked... and they key moment had arrived. Only 3 cards from dummy make the hand, 8 of clubs, 9 of clubs and queen of clubs which all look counter intuitive but Nevena called for the 8 of clubs! Rho won, forced dummy with a heart. Nevena played ace of clubs, club ruff and ran the jack of diamonds which held. Now queen of spades which held, pitching a diamond. Another diamond finesse, club ruffed and over ruffed. And after lho cashed the trump ace she had to play a diamond from kx which Nevena finessed making a hugely valuable 790 as teammates had lost 500 in the other room so we won imps instead of losing.

Opponents hands:
X
Akxxxxx
X
Kjtx

Atxx
Xx
Kxxx
Xxx

We have plenty of work to do tomorrow so tonight a quiet dinner in our hotel.

David

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