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 Monaco vs Rosenthal, and Monaco won 143-103.
Monaco Team: Pierre Zimmermann – Franck Multon – Fulvio Fantoni -Claudio Nunes – Geir Helgemo – Tor Helness
Rosenthal Team: Andrew Rosenthal – Aaron Silverstein – Bjorn Fallenius, Peter Fredin, Johan Upmark – Fredrik Nystrom
The third set was dramatic, it started 14 IMPs to Monaco, but on boards 5, 6 and 7 the Rosenthal team scored 12, 10 and 16 to arrive to a lead of 36 IMPs … yet with hard work, finally Monaco was able to end the set 6 IMPs ahead.
After two Pass (Fredin’s Pass seemed strange for him), Fallenius opened 1, Fredin first showed his hearts in transfer, and afterwards closed the 3NT game, his partner chose to play the heart game.
Helgemo led a club and Fallenius won with the K, to continue with a heart to the jack. Helgemo won and gave his partner a club ruff. Helness had the bad idea to return a small spade… now declarer played the K, and two rounds later he pitched a spade loser in dummy’s A for 10 tricks. Was enough to play the A to defeat the contract.
At the other table the bidding was: Pass-Pass-Pass-Pass.
Fallenius opened 1, Helgemo competed with hearts and Fredin said 2, Helness doubled to show his spades with minimum points…and Fallenius 3 showed a minimum opening hand with long clubs. Helgemo mentioned spades, and the discusion ended when Fredin closed the club slam.
Although the declarer did not follow a very orthodox line the cards were good enough to reach the 12 tricks. At the other table Nunes opened 2, showing a minimum hand with long clubs and Nystrom in West doubled, now Fantoni not even thinking a slam possibility closed the club game.
Fantoni-Nunes decided to double Nystrom-Upmark 5 and were surprised…E/W scored +750. The club void, and the spade king and heart king positions helped Nystrom to make 11 tricks…
At the other table, N/S reached the 4 game…
A dream come true, score game at both table … the board gave Fredin’s team 16 IMPs.
After his partner’s 3NT opening bid, showing a closed major, Fallenius declared the spade slam. Helness J opening lead very quickly vanished any hope … At the other table N/S also played the same contract with a club lead and 17 IMPs to Monaco.
In this board HH advanced with no problem to the 6 slam, showing all the keycards…
Fredin had the lead, and knew that any normal lead would end in 1430 … so he developed an authentic Fredin play…he led his 6…the cards helped declarer…nothing to guess.