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August 26, 2019

U26 SF Australia vs Netherlands

Australia: Renee COOPER (Australia)John MCMAHON (Australia)Nicholas RANSON (Australia)Matthew SMITH (Australia)Andrew SPOONER (Australia), Jamie THOMPSON (Australia), Michael DOECKE (Australia) (NPC)

Netherlands: Pim COPPENS (Netherlands)Guy MENDES DE LEON (Netherlands)Thibo SPRINKHUIZEN (Netherlands)Niels VAN BIJSTERVELDT (Netherlands)

SF 1/4

Board 6

After two pass Sprinkhuizen opened his hand with a 1bid, Ranson jumped to 3 and Mendes doubled showing the majors, Mcmahon added pressure with 4 and after West’s double, Mendes chose to play 4.

After a diamond lead he didn’t have any problem to make 10 tricks.

At the other table South chose to open with a light/mini 1NT, his partner showed his weak diamonds with a 3call, Cooper doubled and Spooner chose the spade game. North doubled. The declarer had 11 tricks, but because of the double he scored +990 because of the overtrick and added 9 IMPs to his scorecard.

Board 8

Mendes opened 1, and South showed his weak seven clubs with a 3bid, Sprinkhuizen showed his diamond suit plus heart support saying 4and his partner closed the heart game.

Lead: 5

The diamond lead solved declarer’s diamond problems, he played dummy’s 9, and covered North’s Q with hisA. He returned to dummy with a small diamond to the king, and continued with theQ. North played low, but when he watched Mcmahon pitching the7 he claimed 12 tricks, (he discards both spades and ruff a club at the end).

At the other table Australia decided to play 5, one down and 10 IMPs for Netherlands.

Board 10

Sprinkhuizen opened 1 (2+), his partner showed his heart suit, and West’s 2showed a 18-20 balanced hand or a reverse. Mendes 2continuation was a relay, and the 3 showed a 1-3-4-5 distribution. East chose the 5game.

Lead: 4

Declarer played a small heart from dummy, Mcmahon played the10, and the declarer  won the first trick with his ace. He continued with three trumps round ending in dummy, and played a small club to the10,J from North won the trick. The spade return was won with the ace, to play theK.

South played his A and exit his hand with a spade, declarer ruffed with his last trump, run the clubs but have to lose the a heart trick. One down.

At the other table was played the same contract but this time East was the declarer and South chose theJ lead. Declarer played dummy’s ace, and North played his king (surprising no?)…Declarer continued with a small diamond to the ace, he exit his hand playing a club to the king, and cashed the heart king.

Declarer continued ruffing a club in his hand, and throwed a heart in theQ, he ruffed a spade in dummy, and ruffed a club in dummy watching the fall of the ace. And claimed 11 tricks.

The set ended: Australia: 23 -Netherlands39 IMP

U21 SF 1/4: Badoell vs Meisters Disciple

Badoell: Erik HANSSON (Sweden)Castor MANN (Sweden)Oscar NIJSSEN (Netherlands), Tim VAN DE PAVERD (Netherlands)

Meisters Disciple: Ilai Ilan BANIRI (Israel)Soren BUNE (Denmark)Sanna CLEMENTSSON (Sweden)Christian LAHRMANN (Denmark)Alexander SANDIN (Sweden)

Board 2

Nijssen opened one heart, Bune competed with one spade, and North showed his club suit, East supported his partner, Nijssen cuebid, and his partner showed his spade control with 3NT, after that South chose to play the heart game. Declarer made 12 tricks.

At the other table Sandin opened 1, here Mann jumped to 2 and North showed his clubs at the third level. East supported spades, and South doubled. Baniri showed his Hx support with 4, his partner ask for keycards, and after the answer closed the heart slam.

Lead:Q

The Q won the first trick, and West continued with his J, ruffed by declarer to continue with three rounds of trump. He continued with a club to the ace, and played a spade, when he saw the ace of spades over the table, he ruffed and claimed his contract, and 13 IMPs for Meisters.

The set ended: Badoell: 28 – Meisters Disciple: 40 IMP

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