Tromso 2015: A Little Visited Slam
On 27 June, 2015 At 16:51
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7th European Open Championships
June 27, 2015 Tromso Norway
While the Aurora Forecast for Saturday, June 27, 2015 was low, in Tromso Norway was the Mixed Teams European Championship kick off, with 87 teams in the field. (All the teams Click Here).
In the first session of June 20, 2013 in the European Mixed Team Championships 2013 in Ostend 2013 Fredin from Sweden, in one of the boards, after two pass, opened his 3 points hand with 1NT, his opps did not reach the slam and he added 16 IMPs for his team Click Here, so we do not hesitate and went to his BBO table, where board 7 was just beginning:
Blaagestad Fredin’s partner, opened 1st seat with 1, and with no opps intervention the bidding continued 1 by Fredin. South chose to rebid 2 and Fredin made a 3 forcing bid, showing his second suit, South continued supporting diamonds with 4 and Fredin’s torture must have begun …with no club stopper he couldnt ask for keycards, but not resigned to just declare the diamond game, he risked a 4 cuebid. His partner didnt understand him, and passed, scoring +420. At the other table their opps played 5 so another push…
What happened with this hand in the other tables ?. Only 25 of the 87 tables played the slam, very few tables arrived to the Grand Slam. These were the auctions in two of the tables who arrived to the slam:
In the first table Kitty Cooper also chose to show her 6 hearts first, but as soon as she heard that his partner’s second suit was diamonds she said 4, showing diamond support and club control. At the other table South chose to rebid diamonds, which led the partnership comfortably to the diamond slam.
No doubt that a 2 rebid or a 4 call instead of 4, would have helped Fredin to find what he was looking.
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