On Saturday, May 11 in the VG of BBO were transmitted at the same time … the 2013 Swedish Teams and the Norwegian Clubs Team Final.
At the same time one was able to kibitz the Sweden and the Norway matches and while I did it, I was able to witness two different boards, played simultaneously, where the players took the same excellent decision: Partner pick a suit…
In one of the tables (the Sweden match) were playing Johan UPMARK with Peter BERTHEAU, both players were part of the winner team of the 14th WORLD BRIDGE GAMES Lille, France • 9 – 23 August 2012, in the Open category.
Upmark opened his hand with a 1 bid and North jumped to 3. Bertheau passed, South passed and West, with short hearts reopened the bidding with a double.
After Olofsson’s pass, Bertheau found the way to ask his partner to pick his longest suit with a 4 cue-bid. West smoothly chose diamonds and the partnership scored 400 after a successful club finesse. At the other table West was not so careful …
West also opened with a 1 bis and North also jumped to 3. East passed, South passed and now West perhaps watching his J10… decided to bid 3NT unilaterally, he went three down after a A lead. The board scored 11 IMPs for the world champions.
Meanwhile in Norway the BBO VG was transmiting the Norwegian Clubs Team Final and the players were playing this board:
After South’s 1NT openning bid, West showed the two majors, North doubled and East chose to play game in spades.
At the other table West was much less careful though incredibly lucky.
South also chose to open with a 1NT bid, but West dazzled by his 6 heart cards only showed that suit. After several doubles and a redouble South confident in his heart stopper chose to play 3NT.
West continued denying his spades and lead his Q…giving declarer the possibility to make the first 11 tricks: 5 diamonds, 4 spades, two hearts… and to add 2 IMPs for his team …