March 26 2019
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9th BBO match Australia-Finland
Matt Smith, Jamie Thompson, Nico Ranson & John McMahon
Maria Mylläri, Gabriella Ahlvik, Oskari Koivu & Hermanni Huhtamäki
The very first board make Australia gain some IMPs when they arrived to a heart game that wasn’t declared at the other table.
North passed, Ahivik (Fin) opened his hand bidding 1 and Smith (AUS) doubled. North closed the game.
Declarer lost the K lead, and the A, ruffed the diamond continuation y played two trump’s rounds, when West discarded in the second round, changed to the A, ruffed a club in dummy and claimed his contract.
At the other table Australia played 2, two down and 8 IMPs for them.
Australia won 5 IMPs more in Board 3:
The 1NT opening bid, make N/S play at the third level, declarer couldn´t make it, one down. Australia opened the hand with a 1bid that helped them to stay at level two and after winning the contract added 5 IMPs more in their bag.
Board 6 produced the first IMPs for Finland, both Australian couples became declarers in their respective tables and both were down. Finland received 4 IMPs without opening their mouths.
Ranson (AUS) opened his hand with a 1bid, South competed with hearts, and West showed both minors, when North competed at the three level, Ranson decided to play 3NT. Not a good idea, 5 down …At the other table Finland only played a part score. Finland appreciated the gift.
This hand left the match almost even.
The match ended: Australia 13 – Finland 12
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