Friday October 17, 2014
Mixed Pairs Championship
Jie Jack Zhao and Kerri Sanborn are the brand new Mixed Pairs World Champions.
The first session of the Final A began the play very late in Argentina, so I only saw a part of the first session of the final.
I rescue Board 3, where I witness a nice defense developed by PSZCZOLA Jacek (U.S.A.) and WORTEL Meike (Netherlands) the silver plate winners playing against BERTHEAU Peter and LARSSON Jessica who finished fourth.
Wortel opened 1, Larsson passed and Pepsi said 1. Bertheau decided to show his two colored hand, and Wortel bid 5, exclusion blackwood = partner tell me your keycards but not count the diamond ones…I am void there.
Larsson chose a posible sacrifice. Pepsi passed and Bertheau correct to 5. Wortel closed the heart slam. Larsson considered the sacrifice the best of her options…Pepsi doubled…he did not want hear a fly flying …
Wortel led her K, dummy played the 5 y Pepsi his J and declarer the 7. Double dummy you can see that any card excluding a trump is the best defense.
But Wortel could not be sure that his partner had K, and she bably needed to arrive to his partners hand, for a diamond return, and she found the solution playing a slmall heart…
Wortel left her hand playing the 4, to his partner’s 10, South ruffed the diamond return, played her A and more club…forcing declarer to lose the trick or to remain trapped in dummy. Bertheau chose to ruff.
Bertheau couldnt play from dummy with out damage, so he played A and a small to the K for four down = 1100.