8th European Open Championships
Montecatini, Italy • 10 – 24 June 2017
June 10, 2017
For true bridge players there is no activity that absorbs them in the way bridge does. But on the way to satisfaction, during the championships there are some stones = hands that produce a bitter moment accompanied by stress, difficult to combat. Luckily this open European championship is being played in Montecatini, which boasts its anti-stress hot springs.
Badger vs Mnepo
|Jeffrey ALLERTON (England)||player|
|Frances HINDEN (England)||player|
|Paula LESLIE (Scotland)||player|
|Graham OSBORNE (England)||player|
|Anna GULEVICH (Russia)||player|
|Georgi MATUSHKO (Russia)||player|
|Sergei ORLOV (Russia)||player|
|Olga PAVLUSHKO (Russia)||player|
|Evgeni RUDAKOV (Russia)||player|
|Elena RUDAKOVA (Russia)||player|
|Georgi MATUSHKO (Russia)||playing captain|
Mixed Teams Round 4, Board 1
East = Hinden decided to open his hand with a 2NT bid, South= Pavlushko interrupted with 3NT showing a one-color heart hand and West = Osborne invited to 6NT. East who had already stretched out his hand, did not accept.
Declarer received the 3 lead, he won at the table and played a spade to the ace and continued with a heart, when South played small, he passed the 10 winning the trick. When the return of a small club to the jack also was successful, she claimed 12 tricks.
At the other table, East = Rudakov started a level lower, opening 1 (strong), South = Leslie also competed but with 2. West = Rudakov doubled and East closed the spade game. West with an incredible support in his partner’s suit and extras in front of a strong hand, continued asking for keycards and finally the pair chose to play the spade slam.
South led his A and the declarer claimed 12 tricks.
Getting trapped in your own trap causes a lot of stress …