DAY ONE Venice Cup
From Ray Lee
October 23, 2005
OK, don't promise to do this for every round (but will try
for every day). Below are some interesting deals from
Canada-Sweden, Venice Cup Round 1. Unfortunately, this
good win was followed by a 10-IMP loss to Japan (Linda and Francine
sitting out). Now they play Morocco.
A good win (22-3) for Canada versus Sweden, who were actually
somewhat lucky not to lose more badly. A poor game rolled
home on the second-last board to reduce the carnage a little.
Three interesting deals:
Canada vs. Sweden
S 10 6 5
D J 10 9 7 2
C A Q J 7
S A Q 9 7 2
S J 8 4 3
H 8 6 5 3
H A Q 10
D K Q
D A 8 6 3
C 6 4
C K 9
H K J 9 4 2
D 5 4
C 10 8 5 3 2
At both tables, West became declarer in 4S, and both Norths
started their singleton heart. Jenny Reiman for Sweden
put in the 10 from dummy; Linda Lee won the jack and returned
a club to Francine Cimon‚s ace, and she switched to a
small diamond. Winning this in hand, declarer crossed
to the club king and now made the technical error of calling
for the jack of spades. The second round of spades demonstrated
to her why the jack had been a mistake, but it was actually
not too late to recover. She cashed one more trump and
the queen of diamonds, before putting North in with a spade.
However, Francine had an easy diamond exit and declarer finished
one down. The winning play (after the misstep in spades
is to cash the queen of diamonds and then lead a heart up. When
North discards, declarer can eliminate diamonds and then exit
a trump to North, who really is endplayed this time.
At the other table Joan Eaton, having played spades correctly,
had no difficulty in making her contract thereafter.
Board 12 was another tricky 4S contract.
S 6 4 3
H 9 8 4 3 2
D J 6 5
C K 6
S A 9 7 2
S K Q J 5
H K J 10
H A Q 7
D A 8 7 2
D 10 4
C 10 9
C 7 5 4 2
S 10 8
H 6 5
D K Q 9 3
C A Q J 8 3
Again both teams played in 4S E-W, but different systems led
to different declarers, and in the end, different results.
Joan Eaton (West) got the lead of the CK after South had doubled
Stayman earlier. The defense began with three rounds of
clubs, and when the S9 held declarer only had to cross to dummy,
ruff another club high in hand, draw trumps, and claim ten tricks.
The Swedish auction was more convoluted, and it wasn‚t
clear what exactly E-W had. Linda Lee decided to lead
a heart from the South hand, which turned out to be a killer.
Deep Finesse will tell you this hand is always cold for 4S anyway,
but that depends on declarer knowing the 10-8 of spades is onside
and ruffing diamonds with trump honors in hand. Mari Reiman,
being only mortal, won the heart in dummy and played a club.
South won the jack and persevered with hearts. The next
club was won by North, who delivered her partner‚s heart
ruff, and that was another nice swing for Canada.
This was the fun board of the set:
S Q J 8 4 3
C A Q J 10 7 6
S 7 S
H 5 3
H K J 4 2
D K Q 10 8 7 6 3 2
D J 9 4
C 6 4
C 9 8 5 4
S A K 10 9 2
H Q 10 9 7 6 4
Bertheau, sitting South for Sweden in the Open Room, opened
1H, and Joan Eaton overcalled 4D, the majority action in all
three events. Katt Midskog didn‚t know where to
go on the North hand (and who can blame her?), and in the event
her punt at 6C turned out not be a winning action.
At the other table, an unusual agreement came through for Canada.
Francine Cimon likes to open the higher-ranking suit with a
weak 6-5, regardless of length. After reluctantly agreeing
to this, Linda Lee found that opening 1S on the South hand worked
out rather well. After this start to the auction, Francine
was undeterred by West‚s diamond preempt, and Linda soon
found herself declarer in 7S, with little to do except put her
hand on the table and chalk up 13 IMPs.