Hi all :)
after a nice week at the spa now it is time to greet the guests of our vacation and leave Abano Terme... but only till next year.
Photo from one of the tournaments of the vacation
I will tell you about a board from the tournament of yesterday evening:
The tournament is MP, the ranking is shown in real time and it is not good; in order to recover it is important to make some extra tricks.
This is one of the reasons why, despite Spades fit, we are playing 3SA.
In South I get the lead 9.
I can count: 4 tricks is Spades, 3 tricks in Diamonds, 2 or 3 tricks in Clubs (according to the split).
On 9 I put a low one, East discards Hearts and I take with the K of the hand.
Now I play the 7 for West's 8 and dummy's 10, while East discards another Hearts.
Now it is time to set Clubs. With double finesse, if an opponent has the K and the other has the Q I can gain at least a trick (two tricks if Clubs break 3-3). So I play the J. East puts a low one, I play a low one and West takes with his King.
Opponent plays a Spades back, on which I put a low from dummy. East starts to show discard problems symptoms, and, with some suffering, he leaves another Hearts. I take with my Q and play Diamonds to go back at dummy and run the 10.
What should East play? We would instinctively say a low one, while we will see this is the crux of the board. He plays a low one, my 10 wins the trick and on my A East is squeezed in three suits:
if he discards Clubs he sets my Clubs
if he discards Diamonds he sets my Diamonds
if he discards Hearts he is discarding a winner.
So he discards Hearts, hoping to find Q in his partner's hands. But this is not the case, so I can make 3NT+2, 100%.
What would happen if on 10 East plays the Queen?
I would have to take with A and, after playing a Diamond for dummy, on my A I would find myself in this situation:
Now East could serenely discard Clubs: in fact, my suit would be blocked and also by setting Clubs I would not be able to cash them!
Slava Cup ended with an only good new: on my way back I could find my luggage... (which was lost on my arrival).
Unfortunately this year we could not succeed in winning the tournament for the third time in a row.
Congratulations to Netherlands (Sjoert Brink, Berend Van De Bos, Sebastiaan Drijver, Jiris Van Lankveld, Herman Drenkelford), winner in Russia.
From yeserday evening we are in AbanoTerme, waiting for the guests of our vacation.
So, overthinking about bad boards, a good one came to my mind and I will tell you about it.
2 = positive 10+ with Clubs or balanced or Spades support
2 = 4+ cards in Hearts
2SA = relay
3 = 5431 hand, minimum (11-15)
3 = relay
3 = Clubs singleton
4 = sets Spades
4 = Cue Bid
4 = one time slowing, considering that I did a Slam invitation
5 = A, odd number of KC (including trump King)
5 = Cue Bid
6 = after describing his minimum hand, Claudio considered that J10 and J were interesting cards.
The opponent leads Clubs.
Claudio counts: 5 tricks in Spades, 2 tricks in Hearts, 1 trick in Diamonds, 1 trick in Clubs.
Two more tricks in Hearts can come from the eventual fall of the Q. Or they can come from two ruffs at dummy. Claudio can ruff if Spades are 2-2. There's no problem if Spades are 3-1 with three Spades in North, while, with three Spades in South, the opponent must also have 3 cards in Hearts so that he can't overruff Claudio's eventual ruff of the third Heart.
Besides, declarer needs that Clubs finesse works.
Thus, Claudio starts by putting the Q (and holding his breath).
When the Queen holds, he draws trumps and verifies the break: K and Spades to the Ace. After finesse's good outcome and finding out that Spades are 2-2 this is definitely a lucky board for Claudio.
He plays A and K and he can ruff two Hearts at dummy, discard a Diamond on the A and claim his 12 tricks (conceding only the last one).
How would things have been with a different Spades break? In that case, Claudio's brain would have to work... And at the right time we will discover how.
today in the afternoon we reached Moscow for the Slava Cup, the tournament organized every year in memory of Slava Grinuk.
Two competitions will take place, a pairs event and a teams event. We are participating the team event.
Here are the participating teams:
1. Diyan Danailov, Jerry Stamatov, Ivan Nanev, Rosen Gunev
2. Pierre Zimmermann, Franck Multon, Geir Helgemo, Tor Helness, Fulvio Fantoni, Claudio Nunes
3. Alon Birman, Dror Padon, Ilan Herbst, Lotan Fisher, Ophir Herbst, Ron Schwartz
4. Andrey Arlovich, Erikas Vainikonis, Ivan Semenov, Vitold Sliva, Krzysztof Buras, Grzegorz Narkiewicz
5. Alexander Dubinin, Andrey Gromov, Evgeni Gladysh, Mikhail Krasnosselski, Alejandro Bianchedi
6. Romain Zaleski, Philippe Cronier, Andrea Manno, Massimo Lanzarotti
7. Sabine Auken, Roy Welland, Juan Carlos Ventin, Boye Brogeland
8. Sjoert Brink, Berend van de Bos, Sebastian Drijver, Jiris Van Lankveld, Herman Drenkelfor
The tournament is divided into two stages.
First stage: teams play a complete round robin. The result of every match is converted into VPs according to World Bridge Federation official scale.
Second stage: the first and the second placed teams in the round robin play the final. The 3rd and the 4th play for the 3rd place.
There will be a carry-over.
The tournament is played at Danilovskaya Hotel. The opening ceremony took place at Savoy. Here is a photo:
You will be able to watch the tournament on BBO Vugraph at these times (Moscow local time):
Fr. February 21, 2014
11:00 - 13:00 – Round-robin. Round 1
13:15 - 15:15 – Round-robin. Round 2
16:30 - 18:30 – Round-robin. Round 3
18:45 - 20:45 – Round-robin. Round 4
Sa. February 22, 2014
11:00 - 13:00 – Round-robin. Round 5
13:15 - 15:15 – Round-robin. Round 6
16:30 - 18:30 – Round-robin. Round 7
18:45 - 20:45 – Final. Segment 1
Su. February 23, 2014
10:00 - 12:00 – Final. Segment 2 / Match for 3rd and 5th place. Segment 1
12:15 - 14:15 – Final. Segment 3 / Match for 3rd and 5th place. Segment 2
14:30 - 16:30 – Final. Segment 4 / Match for 3rd and 5th place. Segment 3
Guido left us and I still can't believe his life has been broken.
So now it's very difficult for me finding the words, becuase when I think about him I still see many near images and memories.
When we were in Turin for dinner, few weeks ago, there were Cinzia and Guido, Eleonora and Giorgino, Iolanda, my son Luca and me. We were all together in their Turin... They were so proud to have us with them in their magic town that they wanted to make us special guests. None of us could image that was going to be our last time together.
Guido was a so special man. He had a great intellince and when he was among people, in a completely spontaneous way he could demolish conventions and formal blocks. He could be ironic in a vivid, high-colored way, sometimes "racy", but he incredibly could always be adequate. In the years he taught all of us that formalities are not a form of respect, but of detachment, and that having fun, also by taking the mick out of each other, is another way to be friends and to love each other. Only acute and intelligent persons like Guido can succeed in these kind of magics.
I'd like to be able to say something positive, but truth is that without him, from now on, we are going to be more lonely. Bridge lost a Councilor and a Champion and a thought also goes to Lavazza team, which was for about thirty year like a second family for Guido.
Our pain is deepened as we know that our friend Cinzia is going through enormous suffering.
Dear Cinzia, I send you my strongest hugs waiting to be able to hug you in person.