San Pablo-Federacion PaulistaFriday, November 28th 2014

Yesterday at the San Pablo Bridge Club, was played the first stage of the 2014 Tasa de San Pablo final, where d’Orsi team faced Carvalho teams, till now the outcome is:

Team Team c/O Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Total
d’Orsi Carvalho 5.5 -0 50-16 72-31     127.5 – 47

The team’s players are:

Rank Name   Roster

These are some of the key boards of the 32 ones played yesterday. Till Board 6 d’Orsi team had managed to distance himself another 6 IMPs, when this board arrived to the table:Tasa SP 2014 Final R1 Tab 6

 Board 6

 After 1 and 2 from his partner, Campos chose to play 3NT.Tasa SP 2014 Final R1 Tab 6 a

 The cards layout makes impossible to win the contract and in the way to try for 9 tricks, JP finished 4 down.

 At the other table Stefano-Dib chose to play 5. The only lead to defeat the contract is Q or J, but at the table d’Orsi chose the Q and declarer found the time to pitch a club loser in the K and fulfilled his contract. The board was worth 14 IMPs… for Carvalho.

Board 9 was the first one to unbalance the match in favor of d’Orsi, who from then only strengthened his lead as more boards arrived to the table.Tasa SP 2014 Final R1 Tab 9

Board 9

 After listening his partner’s 1 opening bid, Campos began showing his limited hand with four cards support. Vilas Boas continued showing extras with a club cuebid, and Campos accepted the challenge with his spade cue-bid.

Miguel asked keycards, and when he learned they had all of them, asked for the kings, the K response took him to mention his K, Campos with the Q, count 13 and declared the Grand Slam. Declarer claimed in trick one.

 At the other table Carvalho only arrived to the heart slam and lost 13 IMPs in the attempt.

 Board 10 were another 13 IMPs for d’Orsi when the team played and made 4 where Carvalho was one down in the same contract.

The last double swing of the first set was Board 13:Tasa SP 2014 Final R1 Tab 13

After the 1NT Ernesto d’Orsi opening bid , Dib showed his hearts and N/S arrived to the 3NT contract.

Dib led his J, d’Orsi won with his K and with no hopes played a small diamond. Dib played his king and played his A and another …Sur claimed 9 tricks: 4 clubs, 3 diamonds and two hearts.

At the other table Ravenna and Thoma arrived to the same contract with the same sequence, Campos led his 10. The declarer won the lead to continue with a spade, Vilas Boas in East won with his ace returned a heart and two down.

At the end of the first set, d’Orsi team was winning 55.5 to 16.

Second Set

d’Orsi added another 8 IMPs in the first two hands of this set, when the third one arrived:Tasa SP 2014 Final R1 Tab 19

Board 19

d’Orsi opened 1, and Dib showed his clubs. Figueiredo passed, and Carvalho informed about his spades, South pass and Dib, with a void in his partner’s suit, repeated his suit, this gave Figueiredo enough air to mention his hearts. Carvalho continued with an agressive heart cuebid, and d’Orsi doubled, after two pass, East corrected to 5 and Dib continued to slam. Figueiredo with the A doubled…

Figueiredo made the best lead: 9.Tasa SP 2014 Final R1 Tab 19 a

 The declarer won the lead with his king, cross ruffed two hearts and two spades, draw trumps and when he saw the K when he played the A, claimed his contract. At the other table E/W chose to play the club game, 14 IMPs for Carvalho.

  Board 23Tasa SP 2014 Final R1 Tab 23

Thoma opened 2, weak, Fernandes passed and Ravenna vulnerable interrupted with 3. Junqueira didnt stopped and said 4. West invited to slam showing his spade singleton, North doubled.

Junqueira showed his first control, the A and Fernandes continued informing about his diamond values, this was enough for East, he closed the slam.

 The K position, gave the 12 trick to declarer,and  another 13 IMPs for his team when at the other table Carvalho only played game.

In the next three boards Carvalho team managed to recover 16 IMPs but as often happens in bridge, the team d’Orsi rose to a wave of winning boards until the end of the set, in which they get to add 50 IMPs, to end the first stage of the final with a lead of 80 IMPs …

The last 32 boards of the final will be played on December 5 and Carvalho team will need to develop a perfect play and have a lot of luck to overcome such an adverse outcome … we’ll see …