Sunday, March 22th 2015
Vanderbilt results in Bridgewinners, at the end of each set
At the end of the first set of the 2015 Vanderbilt final, where Lavazza is playing against Diamond…Diamond was leading by 40 IMPs. Only 4 boards originated almost the whole difference, these are three of them:
After a strong 1 opening bid, Greco imposed diamond as trumps, and when the pair counted enough keycards they declared the diamond slam.
Declarer won Madala’s club lead with the A, draw trumps and played the 10. Madala covered with his K and Greco won the trick with the A, next trick he lost a spade and claimed 12 tricks.
At the other table Duboin-Zia chose to play 4 in the 5-2 fit, and they lost 13 IMPs.
In this board both tables arrived to the same contract of 5, where Bocchi was declarer, Greco led his third diamond and the contract was doomed…Norberto lost the A, the A and one spade.
At the other table, Zia Mahmood was on lead and decided to be really aggressive, he led his third spade: 7. So declarer didn’t lose a spade trick and made his contract, adding 10 IMPs for his team.
After Duboin’s 1 opening bid, Zia showed his spade suit, West limited his hand with 1NT, Zia asked for spade support with his forcing game 2, Duboin was able now to show his 4 heart cards and no spade support. Zia chose to play the spade game. Two spade tricks and the K & A sealed the fate of the contract: one down.
At the other table Hampson also opened 1 and Greco answered 1, Hampson continued with 2, alerted as various types of limited hands with no spade support, Greco continued with 2 fourth suit, forcing to game. Now the partnership entered in a bidding sequence where Hampson described his exact distribution, helping his partner to find the best spot…finally they landed in 3NT.
Declarer won the small club lead with the J and continued with the A, Q an J, Madala covered with the K…and returned the J. But declarer had his 9 tricks: 5 spades, two diamonds, two clubs…and 10 IMPs.