14th World Bridge Games 2012 - Lille, France - Blog 7
Posted 12 August 2012 by Ron
Try this problem:
West dealer : East-West vulnerable
What would you do as West from:
Our team (Arjuna De Livera – Bruce Neill, George Gaspar – Bobby Richman, Bill Haughie – yours truly, Mike Prescott npc) played Egypt in Round 4 for a 19-11 win. Then we had a bye (18 VPs). Our third match of the day was 14-16 against Germany. That gave us 51 Victory Points for the day, a bit better than yesterday, to be running fifth.
Australia Open Team: 17-13 vs Reunion, 18-12 vs Norway (a great result) and 24-6 vs Venezuela. Total: 59 VPs on the day and running equal 7th, 11 VPs behind the fourth qualifying spot for the finals (Round of 16).
Australia Women’s Team: A 13-17 loss to Canada was followed by a 14-16 loss to Russia. This was a good result as Russia had scored maximum points in their first three matches and won their fourth 21-9. In the last match of the day Australia defeated Guadeloupe 25-2, for 52 VPs for the dayand running third. It is good to see a Women’s Team nearer the top of the table than the bottom (which has been common in recent years).
Answer to today’s problem:
This was Board 26 from Match 4 vs Egypt:
East’s double called for a spade lead, dummy’s first bid suit. West led the 2: six – seven – jack. After that it was easy to take five diamonds, two more spades and the A for +750. At the other table the Egypt North-South played in 3 for +130 and so we gained 12 Imps.
To defeat 3NT East had to take the Q and switch to a low club or a top club, followed by a low club. West was trying to give East count with the 2 lead, but East took it as a low-like lead from J-x-x. West should lead a spade, but the better card is the 5 Now East will place the J with South and should find the winning defence.
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