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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Euro Teams Round 21 Croatia

Hmmm seems I forgot to publish Croatia match

Board 1
North Deals
None Vul
K 8 7 5
A 10 8 7 2
A K 5 2
6 4
A J 3 2
9 6 5 4
J 10 6
N
WE
S
A J 3 2
10 6 4
Q
Q 8 7 4 3
Q 10 9
K Q 9 8 7 5
K J 3
9
NS 4N; NS 4; NS 5; NS 3; NS 2; Par +430
Moran Boland slipped into 3 NT and played carefully to guide it home. At the other table the Croat was in 4 NT which is a level of comfort too high. He is on the edge from the start needing to do some ducking in the suit and also needs to guess which major suit to tackle first. The dog can see the rabbit and the rabbit knows. This rabbit not being able to see all 4 hands slipped and that was down some. 11 imps to Ireland.
Board 2
East Deals
N-S Vul
8 5 2
4
K 9 4 3 2
A K 9 5
A 3
A K 6
Q 8 5
Q 10 8 4 2
N
WE
S
9 6 4
7 5 3 2
A 7 6
7 6 3
K Q J 10 7
Q J 10 9 8
J 10
J
NS 4; NS 2N; NS 2; NS 1; NS 1; Par +620
Well now half the pairs roared into the 21 hcp 4  and our Boland and Moran were among them. Plus 620 was a good birdie especially on a hand where Hanlon McGann were interested in declaring as high as 2 NT the other way and big chests scared off the opponents. 620 minus 100 was another 11 imps ..
Board 6
East Deals
E-W Vul
J 10 9 4 2
A J 7 2
J
9 7 6
A 8 6
K 10 8 5 3
A 5 2
5 3
N
WE
S
Q 7 5 3
Q
Q 8 6 3
A J 10 4
K
9 6 4
K 10 9 7 4
K Q 8 2
E 2; W 1; EW 1; NS 1; Par −110
Croatia stumbled into 2  on this board and Hanlon McGann tested their defending skills and doubled it to boot. +300 cancelled out the -200 Boland Moran had caught. A few small boards brought us 11-2 in imps .. leaving Ireland up 33-2 at the half. Both sides also bid a grand on board 4. Next big move comes on 10.
Board 9
North Deals
E-W Vul
A 10 6 5 4
A K 5 3
A Q
10 6
K Q 8 2
Q 9 4
J 9
A J 5 2
N
WE
S
J 3
10 7 6
8 6 5 4
9 8 7 3
9 7
J 8 2
K 10 7 3 2
K Q 4
S 4; S 3N; NS 3; N 3; NS 4; N 2N; S 1; Par +420
This board despite looking straight forward is anything but. One would look and say "Oh Boland Moran down in another contract. " However there is a good bit of ducking and diving to do to bring that contract home. Even a lead letting the T score is not much good as it keeps you in the North hand. Eventually on best defence I think you have to produce an endplay to make.
The overtake in s does not work fully either. A very tough hand if its best defence in my opinion. So probably a well earned 10 imps to Croatia.
Board 12
West Deals
N-S Vul
A J 5 3 2
A Q 9 5 3 2
J
Q
10 9 6
K 6
Q 10 6 2
10 9 7 4
N
WE
S
Q 8
J 10 7
A 8 4
A K 8 6 3
K 7 4
8 4
K 9 7 5 3
J 5 2
NS 4; NS 4; NS 2N; NS 2; EW 1; Par +620
Board 12 was an up and down 4  .. Boland Moran stayed low in 2  and guided it home for 10 tricks. Now the focus switched to Hanlon McGann in the Closed Room. Defending 4  one of them in East led off the  K and that fetched the  Q .. There is a and a to come and possibly the Croatian declarer misguessed the  Q. Down 1 and 7 imps to Ireland. A good guess or drop and its 10 imps the other way as its a vulnerable game.
This is how bridge matches swing. Boland Moran getting the luck of 2 21 point major suit games which earned 18 imps .. could have been 15 the other way ... 33 imps in total.
A few 2s and 1s on the rest of the boards saw Ireland win 44-13 and nearly 17 VPS.
A little different on boards 2 and 12 and its 10-10 draw.

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