43rd World Bridge Teams Championships

Lyon, France • 12 – 26 August 2017

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 Bermuda Bowl  Venice Cup  d’Orsi Trophy Transnational Teams

August 21th

Today in an increible swingy match Bulgaria got his ticket to the semifinals, breaking USA1 supremacy during almost all the match.

BULGARIA
COUNTRY Bermuda Bowl TEAM
Bulgaria

BULGARIA

Victor ARONOV (Bulgaria) player
Diana DAMIANOVA (Bulgaria) player
Georgi KARAKOLEV (Bulgaria) player
Vladimir MIHOV (Bulgaria) player
Ivan NANEV (Bulgaria) player
Julian STEFANOV (Bulgaria) player
Victor ARONOV (Bulgaria) P. Captain
MARTA NIKOLOVA (Bulgaria) coach

These are some boards from the last segment. The last set started with an advantage of 19 IMPs for USA1.

Bulgaria USA 1

BB QF 6/6  USA1 Vs Bulgaria 

Board 19

The bidding (Closed room):

E. Rodwell J. Stefanov J. Meckstroth I.Nanev
1Diamond Suit
Pass 1Heart Suit Pass 1NT
Pass 2NT Pass 3NT
All Pass

Lead: Spade Suit2

East won the lead with his Spade SuitA, and switched to the Diamond SuitQ. When  he won the trick, continued with the Diamond SuitJ , and afterwards continued with the Diamond Suit10. Now Nanev won with the ace, watching the fall of the Diamond SuitK over the table. Declarer played a small club to his king and claimed 11 tricks when East played his club suitA.

The bidding (Open room):

 M. Mihov  R. Levin G. Karakolev S. Weinstein
1NT
Pass 1club suit D 2Diamond Suit
Pass 3NT All Pass

Lead: club suit4

After winning with his club suit10 the first trick, declarer switched to the Spade SuitQ. East won with his ace, and after cashing the club suitA played a third club. Dummy’s king won the trick, and back came a diamond to the Diamond SuitJ, Diamond SuitA. Now came three heart rounds, a spade to the king,   a spade to the valet …declarer claimed 8 tricks, one down and  10 IMPs for Bulgaria.

Bulgaria added 8 Imps more in the next board, but lose 13 Imps in:

Board 22

The bidding (Open room):

 M. Mihov  R. Levin G. Karakolev S. Weinstein
1club suit Pass
1Diamond Suit Pass 2Heart Suit Double
3Heart Suit Pass 3Spade Suit  Pass
4Heart Suit All Pass

Lead: club suitQ

Declarer claimed 12 tricks.

The bidding (Closed room):

E. Rodwell J. Stefanov J. Meckstroth I.Nanev
 1club suit Pass
1Diamond Suit Pass 1Heart Suit Double
Redouble Pass Pass 1Spade Suit
2Heart Suit Pass 6Heart Suit All Pass

1club suit = 16+unbal or 17+balance

1Diamond Suit = 0-7

1Heart Suit = forcing, 4+ hearts

 

Lead: Heart Suit5

Declarer claimed 12 tricks and 13 IMps for USA1.

 

Board 23

The bidding (Closed room):

E. Rodwell J. Stefanov J. Meckstroth I.Nanev
Pass
1Spade Suit 2Diamond Suit 2NT* Pass
3club suit 3Diamond Suit 4Spade Suit All Pass

* 2NT = 3+fit, Inviting or more

Lead: Diamond SuitK

North won the first trick, and stop for a moment. He couldnt play almost anything. So he made a brilliant move he played his small heart. Rodwell after winning with the Heart SuitJ, played a spade. North was in again with the spade king, he played the diamond ace, declarer ruffed, cashed Spade SuitQ and Spade SuitJ and continued with a heart to the queen…North’s king, and one down.

The bidding (Open room):

 M. Mihov  R. Levin G. Karakolev S. Weinstein
Pass
1Spade Suit 2Diamond Suit 3club suit 3Diamond Suit
3Heart Suit 4Diamond Suit 4Spade Suit All Pass

Lead: Diamond SuitK

North also led the diamond king and won the trick, but he continued with a small diamond. Declarer ruffed and played a spade, North won with the king and chose to play the Heart SuitK. This make life easy to declarer that after some rounds claimed +620. Bulgaria added another 12 IMPs.

Bulgaria added 10 IMps more in board 27 and tied the match. In the last five boards Bulgaria continued adding 13 IMPs more and won the match, and his ticket to the semi-finals.