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Saturday, June 09, 2018

EURO TEAMS 2018 Round 9 ISRAEL

Next up for Ireland was Israel and we got off to a blistering start on board 4

Board 4
West Deals
Both Vul
J 10 2
10 7 3
6 2
Q J 10 8 2
A 9 7 5 4
K 10 8 5
9 7 6 3
N
WE
S
K Q
Q 9 8 5 2
A Q J 3
A 5
8 6 3
A K J 6 4
9 7 4
K 4


Our laddie in the EAST Thomas Hanlon decided he was punting another BOMB and hoping it would hit something. The Israeli led a normal A♥  and Hanlon was away for slates. 
13 imps versus the 5♦ in the other room 


Board 7
South Deals
Both Vul
3
K J 6
K 10 8 6 4 2
Q 4 2
J 10 6 4 2
9 5 4 2
J 9 8 6
N
WE
S
A 9 8 7
Q 8 3
9 3
K 10 7 5
K Q 5
A 10 7
A Q J 7 5
A 3
N 6N; N 6; S 5N; N 4; S 5; S 2; EW 1; Par +1440

The Israelis hit back with a rightsided slam of their own on board 7 ..
Nothing Hanlon McGann can do here ... Boland Moran climbed as far as 3NT despite owning 11 diamonds they could have used for trumps .. 19-16 israel 

Board 8
West Deals
None Vul
A 10 6 3
K 10 9 7 2
9 8 7 4
9 8 5 4 2
A 8
K Q 10 8 4
5
N
WE
S
K Q J
J 6 4 3
A 9 7 6
A Q
7
Q 5
J 5 3 2
K J 10 6 3 2
EW 4; E 3N; NS 5; EW 4; W 1N; Par +100: EW 5×−1; EW 5×−1

IRELAND just got destroyed on this board in both rooms 
However 
4♠ was the contract in many matches so either Israel were better or Ireland picked the wrong opponents. 
14 imps to Israel. The par on the board was 5 diamonds or spades down 1 doubled. 
So neither irish pair reached par. However this is a hard par to reach. 
However it must be worth a look later. 

Board 10
East Deals
Both Vul
A 9 6 5 2
A 10 7 3 2
Q 7 2
Q 10 3
K 9 6 2
K 8
A 10 9 6
N
WE
S
K J 7 4
Q 5 4
5 4
J 8 4 3
8
A J 10 8 7 3
Q J 9 6
K 5
NS 5; NS 3; NS 1N; NS 1; NS 1; Par +600

Board 10 the Israelis rolled us again. looking at the board results a red suit contract is the choice of most of these expert players. Game in 5D looks like a 10 imp gain .. part score in HEARTS is ok.
Very few are opting for a 2NT partscore and that duly went down to produce another filling for the BIN which is filling up again. 

Nothing much else happened in the match and Ireland lost 52-18 ... 


Not looking great for playing in Bermuda Bowl next year but maybe things will improve on Saturday 





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