Wednesday September 2013
September 08, 2013 7:05AM: BRAZIL made good their pledge to treat their Independence Day friendly against Australia like a World Cup match, trouncing the outclassed Socceroos 6-0 at the Mane Garrincha stadium on Sunday
Today in Bali the first round of the day confronted Brazil with Australia again, but today the athletes used cards instead of a ball.
Although the first board was a push, the bidding seemed to indicate a more aggressive approach from Australia.
Paul Lavings (AUS) opened his hand with a 1 bid and ended as a 3 declarer, two down. At the other table Chagas (BRA) also played 3 two down, but he opened the hand with a 2 weak bid.
In one of the rooms Brazil arrived to a 4 contract. After East’s weak 2 opening bid, Chagas reopened the bidding with a double, as N/S couldnt arrive to 3NT because of no heart stopper, they decided to stop before game. They scored +130.
At the other table, Australia again displayed an aggressive tactic. Villas Boas also opened 2 weak, but here South doubled, West raised to the third level and Lavings closed the spade game. Campos penalized. The declarer was two down…12 costly IMPs.
It make me remember the [button link=»http://csbnews.org/bali-2013-gauchos-vs-cowboys/» size=»small» window=»yes»]Argentina-USA2 match[/button] where the first IMPs for Argentina were due to super-aggressive USA2 moves.
After a weak 1NT opening bid by East, Chagas instead of defending 4 chose to play 4 …opps penalized him. The declarer went one down = -200. In the other table Brazil also arrived to a 4 contract but this time Australia chose to defend. The declarer was two down and Australia (collecting in both tables) recovered 7 IMPs.
As an irony of fate in the next Board Australia, went down on both tables and thus Brazil recovered 5 IMPs.
In the other table West passed the hand and Brazil ended playing 2, done 3 = +140, 8 IMPs for Brazil.
The hand again showed different bridge criterias. Bilski opened his hand with a 2 call and his partner chose to defend with 4, when Brazil reached the 4 contract. The 4 hearts are cold but the vulnerability made the sacrifice an expensive one…-500
In the other room Campos didnt open the board and Brazil let Australia play his 4. The australian players made their 10 tricks, but at a 2 IMPs cost. The match ended with the Brazilean victory by only 12 IMPs.
Brazil stayed with the bridge victory, but this time was almost a push…
Below a documentary that shows how much the Australian youth knows Brazil as a country.