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Monday, June 11, 2018

Euro Teams 2018 Germany Round 13

Sunday dawned and there were 3 matches coming today ..We would play the 13th 15th and 19th place teams. One hoped for some change in fortunes.

First up was 13th place Germany.

Board 3
South Deals
E-W Vul
9 8 4
K J 10
9 7
A K 7 6 3
A K Q 5
9 6 3
10 6 3
Q 8 4
N
WE
S
J 10 6
5 4
A K Q 8 4
J 9 2
7 3 2
A Q 8 7 2
J 5 2
10 5
The Irish East West took down 3♥ to get the ball rolling 
Unfortunately after a ♣ lead our North failed to find the tough ♥ switch.
So 4 imps gone ..Some things are beyond Thomas Hanlon. However although we see minus 4 imps
the reality is we could have been looking at plus 6 imps ...so its 10 imps ..but not even Al Hollander would have found a ♥ switch and he is a commentator. 


Board 9
North Deals
E-W Vul
A 8 5
9 6 5 4 3 2
K Q 4
6
K 9 7 3 2
Q
A 9 6 3 2
J 7
N
WE
S
Q 6
K 10
10 8 7
Q 9 8 5 4 2
J 10 4
A J 8 7
J 5
A K 10 3
NS 4N; NS 4; NS 1; EW 1; NS 1; Par +430

We got 14 imps when Garvey Carroll stepped into a German auction and got doubled and got home.
Hanlon McGann making the normal 4H to add on to the +670. 

Misfortune was around the corner though. 
Board 12
West Deals
N-S Vul
K J 3
6
K 10 9 4
J 8 7 6 5
10 8 2
Q 10 8 5 4 3
J 3
Q 2
N
WE
S
9 7 4
J 2
8 7 6 5
K 10 9 4
A Q 6 5
A K 9 7
A Q 2
A 3
NS 7; NS 6; NS 5N; NS 3; NS 4; Par +2210

Hanlon McGann wheeled into 6NT and found there was no 12th trick in 6NT. 
One cannot make use of a HEART ruffing value in 6NT. 
Despite only 7 trumps ..one could make all the tricks in 7

With the Germans lying low in 3NT making plus we lost 13 and had to scramble a few 
late imps to get the draw. If our guys were up to the 4-3 fit even in small slam we could have got a large win to start out day. Making a 4-3 fit slam there was worth another 6 VPs. 
Still 10-10 was not a loss and 4 VPS better than our average so far.
We have momentum.





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