Meltzer Squad winner of the Keohane North American Swiss Teams! Front: Steve Robinson (left) and Rose Meltzer. Rear (from left to right): Carlos Pellegrini, Diego Brenner, John Mohan and Peter Boyd.

Diego Brenner and Carlos Pellegrini, Gran Southamerican Masters, won the Keohane North American Swiss Teams, in the NABC; Phoenix 2013. Talking with them they told me two hands they fee that were key on their way to victory.

Hand Nº 1:

Diego Brenner
Diego Brenner

Diego Brenner: » The tournament began with 196 teams, the cut was after the first 8 rounds,  only the first 92 teams qualified to the semifinal stage.

 It was in that instance that we face the Tulin squad. At our table we played against two great champions: Bob Hamman and Samuel Lev, everything was normal until this hand appeared: «

 Deadler: South, None Vulnerables

x x x
x x x
A 10 x
A x x x

 


A K Q x x x
x x x
K Q J x

The bidding:

West

North

East

South

1

Pass

2

2

3

4
Pass Pass 5 Pass
5 Pass 5 Pass
6 The End    
       

Final Contract: 6

Lead: K

Diego: » After Bob Hamman 4, Carlitos passed showing he had not wasted honors in spades; so I decided to show my club suit and that helped us to found the good Slam.

I ruffed the lead, played the A to be sure that the suit wasnt 4-0, and as both defenders followed the suit, the slam was cold, my tricks were: 1 spade ruff, six hearts, one diamond and four clubs.  You can see that the heart slam is always down, losing two diamonds.

At the other table game our opponents played a heart game, so the hand and gave us 11 IMPs to continue accumulating valuable victory points.

Carlos Pellegrini
Carlos Pellegrini

Carlos Pellegrini: «During the 46 teams final, in one of the rounds we played against the Compton squad; Diego and me played against Daniel Korbel & David Grainger:

Board 13 Deadler: North All Vulnerable.

  Q 10 8 3 2
5 3
10 8 7 3
10 9
 
A J 9
A 9 8 7 6 2
Q
8 6 4
  K 7 6 4
K 10 4
A J 9 6 4
A
  5
Q J
K 5 2
K Q J 7 5 3 2
 
       

West

North

East

South

Pass 1

2

2

Pass

3

Pass
3 Pass 4 Pass
4 Pass 4NT Pass
5 Pass 6 Fin
       

Final Contract: 6

Carlos Pellegrini: » This is a real good slam!. At the other table the player sitting in East opened his hand with a 1NT bid and they could not find the slam. 13 IMPs that were very important to achieve our victory in the event. «

By ferlema