The Marit Sveaas Pairs

The Norwegian Bridge Federation is proud to host the 2nd edition of the Marit Sveaas International Bridge Tourmament at the Oslo Opera 4th – 6th Aug 2017. With a 1st prize of 300.000 NOK and big cash prizes in different categories – this will be the tournament that everyone is talking about. So come to Oslo and claim your prize!

The Marit Sveaas Pairs 2016

Board 24. Dealer West. None Vul

Spade Suit 10 9 8
Heart Suit A 6 5 4
Diamond Suit K 10 8 2
club suit A 2
Spade Suit A J 4 2             
Heart Suit K Q 3
Diamond Suit 7 5
club suit J 9 7 6
Spade Suit 7 6 3
Heart Suit 10 9 7
Diamond Suit A J 9 4 3
club suit 10 5
Spade Suit  K Q 5 
Heart Suit J 8 2
Diamond Suit Q 6  
club suit K Q 6 4 3

The Auction:

West   North    East       South  
Grossack Haga Grossack Baardsen
 1club suit
 Pass  1Diamond Suit
    Pass
 1NT  End       

On this deal from the 2016 Marit Sveaas Pairs, it was not uncommon to see N/S bid a game (and sometimes make it). The American brothers, Adam and Zach Grossack made a mockery of that with the EW cards:

Lead: Spade Suit10

North led the ten of spades and declarer took South’s queen with the Spade SuitA and played a club to the club suit10 and club suitQ.Zachary & Adam Grossak

After cashing the king of spades South played a third round of the suit and declarer won and played a diamond, ducking when North went in with the Diamond SuitK.

When North returned the Diamond Suit2 declarer went up with dummy’s ace and played the Heart Suit7 to the Heart SuitQ and Heart SuitA.

When North returned a heart declarer took South’s Heart Suit9 with the Heart SuitK, cashed the master spade, crossed to dummy with a heart and exited with a club, forcing North to lead into dummy’s diamond tenace.

+120 was worth 110/10, helping the brothers into eight place at the end of the second session.