European Open Championships - Ostende 2013
Hi all :)
The road to success has many milestones... Our goal was reaching the final of the Mixed Pairs Championship :)
Then, in the final, domino effect: I will avoid to hurt your sensitivity and I won't tell you about our disasters...
Yesterday we went back at the table for the Mixed Teams Championship. With Claudio and Federica and our friends Katia and Alessandro we will do our best to go on enjoying this Championship.
See you soon for some updates
we reached the final of the Mixed Pairs Championship.
I'd like to tell you about a nice board played by Iolanda.
1 = Polish Club
1 = 0-7
X = we don't have agreements, but any interpretation can work here
3NT = being 4/3, playing NT is ok... besides Iolanda is playing the hand and I am sure she will make :)
So the contract is 3NT by Iolanda (South).
After the A lead, West plays the Q, East discarding and Iolanda taking with the K.
Now she can count: 3 tricks in , 2 tricks in , 1 trick in (already made) and one more trick in (in fact she has 9 and 10x).
She needs 2 more tricks, and so:
- must be divided 3-3
- have to be guessed.
Iolanda plays a , on which West follows with a low card and dummy with 8. East takes and plays a . Iolanda takes with the A, plays the A, then to the K and discovers that are 3-3. She cashes the fourth and discards a on it.
Now she plays and when East follows with a low card she just counts: West showed 7 points in , 2 points in ... then he must have the A, too. So she plays the J.
Total: 3 tricks in , 3 tricks in , 2 tricks in , 1 trick in . Well done partner :)
Hi all :)
after few days in Italy and the lesson in Falconara we are now going to Ostende, in Belgium, where the European Open Championships will be held.
Claudio and I are participating these events:
Mixed Pairs tournament
I am going to play with my wife Iolanda, while Claudio is playing with his partner, Federica Sani.
This competition will be held on:
- Saturday, June 15th (qualifications)
- Sunday, June 16th (qualifications)
- Monday June 17th (final)
- Tuesday June 18th (final).
Mixed Teams tournament
We are participating the Mixed Teams tournament in this formation:
Monaco FN (FN stands for Fantunes :)): Katia Pignatti-Alessandro Puglia, Federica Sani-Claudio Nunes, Iolanda Riolo-Fulvio Fantoni.
A fierce team of friends coming from different towns: Monte-Carlo, Palermo, Roma and Bergamo! :)
The competition will be held on:
- Wednesday June 19th, 5 matches 10 boards each
- Thursday June 20th, 5 matches 10 boards each
- Friday June 21st, 5 matches 10 boards each
Open Teams tournament
We are playing this event with our usual team: Pierre Zimmermann-Franck Multon, Geir Helgemo-Tor Helness, Claudio Nunes-Fulvio Fantoni.
- Saturday June 22nd (qualifications)
- Sunday June 23rd (qualifications)
- Monday June 24th (Round of 16 and round of 8)
- Tuesday June 25th (Semifinal and Final)
What about all these events?
In this tournament being good players of course matters, but at the same time in every match few boards are played and consequently even good luck has its importance.
And what about the Open Pairs tournament? Not this time: June 26th is my son's Luca's birthday and we have to celebrate :)
See you soon for some updates from Ostenda