New Orleans 2015: When the Goddess Fortune tells you NO … is NO.
On 20 March, 2015 At 13:19
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Friday, March 20th 2015
Vanderbilt results in Bridgewinners, at the end of each set
This Thursday March 19 was played the Vanderbilt Round of 16. One of the matchs was Fleisher vs Meltzer, finally Fleisher won by 124-106.
Fleisher Team: Martin Fleisher, Roy Welland, Chris Willenken, Chip Martel, Sabine Auken, Michael Rosenberg
Meltzer Team: Rose Meltzer, John Mohan, Ron Smith, Peter Boyd, Steve Robinson, Steve Garner.
When the Goddess Fortune tells you NO … is NO.
With only four boards to play Fleisher was trailing by few MP when board 27 arrived to the table:
After Boyd’s Pass, Welland opened 1 (unbal, 5 diamonds unless 4441), Auken showed her hearts, Welland continued with 2 showing diamond extra length ( Opener transfers after 1M response) and after Sabine showed extras with a very good diamond support, Welland offered to play game in the 4-3 heart fit, but his partner chose to play the diamond game.
Robinson led a club, enabling a club trick for the defense, declarer won the lead draw trumps, continued with the heart finesse and lost the K, and the K, scoring +400.
At the other table, E/W believing they needed some IMPs forced the hand to the slam level.
Garner also opened with 1, and the bidding was exactly the same as in the other room, with Smith making the same 3 effort. Garner now continued showing his three hearts support, and East tried to limit his hand with a 3NT bid. But West ignored the warning and continued to the diamond slam.
Garner won with the K, continued with the K, a to the A and the 4 to the Q losing to the K. North didnt have a club trick so he returned another spade.
Declarer won with the A and played the 6. Fleisher played his 5…and declarer the A and down he went…the 8 had given Meltzer team a ticket to the Vanderbilt QF as the following three boards generate 0 IMPs…