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2011 Schapiro Spring Foursomes

EXTRA TIME DRAMA

by Derek Patterson

THE Schapiro Spring Foursomes is, for You have the hor- won . . . well, almost! As the last undefeated

many, the most eagerly awaited congress ´ Q rible feeling that team, Penfold could demand an extra eight

of the year. The main event is a knock-out ™ A K 10 9 6 3 2 the destination of boards and so the spectators were treated to

tournament with a twist – a team is t Q 10 8 the trophy may the dramatic final board:

eliminated only after its second defeat. ® 75 depend on your

Attracting top players from all over the decision and before

world, a successful campaign represents a making it, with no Love All. Dealer East.

truly considerable achievement. place to hide, you reconsider the auction: ´ KJ43

So imagine that you are in the final, ™ Void

sitting West in the closed room, playing West North East South t A94

extra boards against Sabine Auken and Zia Trendafilov Mahmood Karaivanov Auken ® A Q 10 8 6 2

Mahmood who have both won more Pass Pass ´ Q ´ 10 8

major championships than anyone can 1™ 2® 2NT1 3´ ™ A K 10 9 6 3 2 N ™ Q 8 7 5 4

W E

remember. In fact, it is the last board of Pass 4NT Pass 5®2 t Q 10 8 S

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the set. Your team has remained unbeaten 5™ 6´ All Pass ® 75 ® KJ

throughout the event and in total, you 1 Heart support 2 One key card ´ A97652

have played 263 boards already. You have ™ J

been ahead throughout the final but your What would you lead? t J72

illustrious opponents have gradually We shall return to this potentially ® 943

pegged back your lead and forced extra decisive deal later but first, please join me

boards. However, after some decent results on a guided tour of the event in general.

in this set, you feel that you have one hand The congress takes place over a bank- In the Open Room, Rumen Trendafilov,

on the cup. You pray for a quiet deal . . . holiday weekend with teams playing each suspecting the heart void in dummy and

just one more boring hand! other in 32-board matches. By losing twice, reasoning, therefore, that the defence

However, things never seem to be quite a team is eliminated from the main event would need at least one diamond trick,

that easy and before you know it, you find and becomes eligible for either the Punch- identified that it would be necessary to

yourself on lead to 6´, to be played by bowl or the Swiss Teams. In this way, the attack the suit immediately for fear of the

Auken, with this hand: congress caters for all keen tournament clubs being established for discards.

players – the Schapiro Showing great nerve, he placed the eight

Spring Foursomes really of diamonds on the table! The lead had

has got it all. struck gold, the slam failing by two tricks.

In the latter stages

each match becomes a West North East South

test of stamina as well as Assael Penfold Zorlu N. Senior

skill. This year, Penfold Pass 2´

became the last unde- 3™ 4´ 5™ Pass

feated team (which Pass 5´ Dble All Pass

would prove significant

later) and then went on In the Closed Room, Sandra Penfold

to beat Hinden by 4 decided not to look for slam. This paid

IMPs. In the other semi- dividends when East made a sharp double

final, Anita Sin clair, of 5´. West, unaware of the long club suit,

David Greenwood, Nafiz opted for a top heart lead, allowing

Zorlu, Salvador Assael, Nevena Senior to garner twelve tricks in

Sabine Auken and Zia her doubled game contract. A superb

Mahmood defeat ed combined effort for the Penfold team gave

Mossop, and so the final- them a thrilling and thoroughly deserved

ists were confirmed. victory (73-51 IMPs).

Penfold took an early Congratulations to Sandra Penfold,

lead but a fight-back Nevena Senior, Kalin Karaivanov and

From the left: Kalin Karaivanov, Nevena Senior, ensued and at the end of Rumen Trendafilov on their magnificent

Rumen Trendafilov and Sandra Penfold 32 boards, Sinclair had performance. r

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