The Ireland Open Team backboned by Mark Moran and Rory Boland sneaked past a powerful Bulgarian squad in Round 7 ....I guess the quarter finals ...
6 once defeated Teams done battle there ..for 3 semi final spots
The undefeated Sinclair Team took a break as per the rules
The Gidman and Alfrey teams joined Moran and Sinclair in the semi finals this morning
Alfrey being the original number 1 seeds and Moran the 9th seeds out of a starting field of 55 teams
So they had 14 direct matches and 9 triangles ... reducing the field to 32 teams ..
Its double knockout so you got to lose twice to be gone so they ended up with
6 once defeated teams and 1 undefeated. The once defeated 6 all took part in 3 quarter finals
and then there were FOUR ...
Undefeated Sinclair picked the Moran Team and got beaten by 10 imps over 32 boards
Alfrey the number 1 seeded OUTED Gidman and currently we have
Moran versus Alfrey for the CUP
All results and bulletins can be found at
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The Final is currently LIVE on Bridge Base Online
I just spotted a couple of Irish lads declaring a 3-2 HEART fit doubled and vulnerable.
They paid out 15 imps for that one
Then they followed up with a trick reducing lead against a doomed 3NT .. the old 4th highest works wonders ... and they paid 13 imps for that one
And finally on Board 8 it looks like Robson has them in his grippers again .. but it won't be as much to pay this time ..probably ....might even gain as a soft lead left them drop a loser ..
However score after 7 boards is ..Moran 11 Alfrey 39 ...