We arrived at the BBO VG and chose to watch the Zagorin-Blass match that at that time was the most watched match (more than a thousand kibitzers).
The set was at that time: Zagorin: 16 vs Blass: 29…And they were playing board 12.
Team Zagorin: Daniel Zagorin, Chicago IL; Peter Bertheau, Sweden; Antonio Palma, Portugal; Frederic Wrang, Stockholm, Sweden; Ola Rimstedt – Mikael Rimstedt, Halmstad, Sweden.
Team Blass: Pepsi, Jacek Kalita, Michal Nowosadki, Sjoert Brink, Bas Drijver, Jacek Pszczola
Data of some of the players:
Mikael & Ola Rimstedt (twins from SWE, they are still juniors) are World Champions, playing together they won the Pairs World Champioship in Orlando in 2018. They are WIM and WBF Rank 105.
Antonio Palma is a Portuguese professional bridge player and one of the best of his country. He has taken part in major bridge events playing in the Team Ventin and the Portuguese National Team. He is also is a big fan of challenges on Funbridge.
Frederic Wrang: (SWE, he lives in Stockholm, WBF Ranking 64 (WLM) Runner Up in Chennai 2015).
Bas Drijver & Sjoert Brink : WGM RANKING MUNDIAL 21 and 19. World Champion 2011 (Veldhoven), Teams World Champion WROCLAW 2016.
Jacek Pszczoła, WGM WBF Ranking 23, 2017 World Champion: Team USA2. Two Golds: TransNational 2012 (MILNER TEAM), TransNational 2013 (GORDON TEAM)
Board 12 was a tie since both tables declared 5and made 12 tricks. Both declarers played the ace of club on the first round of the suit and made 12 tricks when they were rewarded with the fall of the K.
On Board 13, at one of the tables, Pepsi in North opened with 1and his partner Kalita with: 10963 J109 KJ106 43 immediately showed a weak hand with heart support saying 2, which ended the auction, West took the option of not speaking at the three level. N / S scored +110.
At the other table after hearing his partner open with 1, Palma chose to show his spade suit, this gave West the opportunity to say 1NT. After two pass South chose to show his second suit with 2, and that ended the contest. Finally the declarer went down two losing 3 IMPs.
On Board 14, South opened of 1and O. Rimsted showed his spades saying 1. Pepsi doubled and M. Rimsted alerted his 2showing spade support and an inviting hand… His brother did not hesitate and closed the game. The declarer could do nothing not to lose 4 tricks after the small heart lead. On the other table Brink-Drijver played at the level of three and made 4.
Finally the set ended 38 Blass- 24 to 38.
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