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6th EUROPEAN OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS

Benito Garozzo Returns

by David Bird

Mixed Pairs Suppose East is super-human and rises off in 6t. When Peter Schaltz sacrificed in

with the ™A, switching to the ®4. What 7®, Boye took the opportunity to make a

THE 2013 European Open Championships should declarer do then? Since East cannot forcing pass – showing first-round club

in Ostend began with a Mixed Pairs. Several hold the ®A or he would be too strong for control and inviting a grand slam for a

England participants reached the final: Sally a Weak Two, declarer should play the ®2. second time. Tonje could then place him

Brock and Barry Myers (finishing 12th), West can take the ®Q and ®A but the club with good diamonds, the major-suit aces

William Frisby partnered by Austria’s Eva suit will then be blocked. Declarer will at and a club void. She bid 7t, completing a

Caplan (34th), Nevena Senior and Nick least pick up +400, salvaging a 16% score. wonderful auction, and there were no

Sandqvist (39th), Jenny Cooper partnered Rosenn Gunev and Desislava Popova of problems in the play.

by Tim Rees of Wales (49th), also Catherine Bulgaria took gold (57.55%); France’s Sylvie Sadly for them, there were no IMPs in

Seale and Thomas Paske (52nd). Willard and Marc Bompis claimed the silver the plus column either. At the other table

There was interest in the bidding and (57.27%); Netsy Sayer (Turkey) and Zahari the bidding from Peter Fredin and Nadia

the play on this deal from the final: Zahariev (Bulgaria) won bronze (56.45%). Bekkouche was equally impressive:

Mixed Teams West North East South

Love All. Dealer North. E.Erichsen Bekkouche H.Erichsen Fredin

´ K95 The second event was the Mixed Teams. 2t Dble

™ 76 The Troll team (Helen and Espen Erichsen, Redble Pass 2™ 3t

t Q 10 8 6 4 playing with Norway’s Tonje and Boye 4™ 4NT Pass 7t

® 10 8 7 Brogeland) flew the English flag. They All Pass

´ 10 4 2 ´ 76 finished fourth after thirteen rounds of

™ 82 N ™ A Q J 10 9 4 Swiss Teams, qualifying for the bronze In the match for the gold and silver

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t 732 S t 95 medal match. There was some great medals, South played in 6t at one table.

® AQ953 ® J64 bidding on this spectacular deal: This was the auction at the other table:

´ AQJ83

™ K53 West North East South

t AKJ N/S Game. Dealer East. Grümm Smederevac Lindermann Wernle

® K2 ´ KQJ86 Pass 1®

™ 6 5® 5´ Pass 5NT

t Q952 Pass 6t Pass 6´

West North East South ® J43 Dble All Pass

Popova D’Ovidio Gunev Cronier ´ 72 ´ 10 9 5

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Pass 2t Dble ™ K94 W E ™ Q7532 South opened with a strong 1®. West

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2™ Pass Pass 2´ t Void t 643 made a (lead-directing) Lightner Double

Pass 3´ Pass 3NT ® A K Q 10 8 7 5 2 ® 96 of 6´, hoping to receive a diamond ruff

All Pass ´ A43 followed by a club trick Two possible

™ A J 10 8 drawbacks of the Lightner Double were

East opened a Multi and West’s 2™ was to t A K J 10 8 7 exhibited on the same deal. Firstly, East

play opposite a Weak Two in hearts. What ® Void held five hearts and only three diamonds,

would you say as North when partner so therefore chose a heart as the opening

rebids 2´? Some Norths passed. At the table lead. Secondly, there would have been no

where I was watching, North leapt to 4´! West North East South second trick even after a diamond lead.

Catherine D’Ovidio’s 3´ looks exactly right. D.Schaltz T.Brogeland P.Schaltz B.Brogeland The gold medals went to Netherlands-

Phillipe Cronier suggested 3NT as the final Pass 1t Austria (Huub Bertens, Marion Michielsen,

spot and that ended the auction. 5® 5t Pass 5™ Jovi Smederevac, Ricco van Prooijen,

West led the ™8 and East very reasonably Pass 6t 7® Pass Martine Verbeek and Sascha Wernle),

played the ™10, to preserve communica- Pass 7t All Pass beating the silver medallists Austria (Iris

tions. Declarer, who had been fearing ™A Grümm, Arno Lindermann, Martin

and a club switch, claimed eleven tricks for Boye’s 5™ was a cue-bid, inviting a grand Shifko and Terry Weigkricht). The Danish

a fine 76% score. The result was the same slam. Tonje, who had already done her bit Schaltz team edged out Troll by 61-47

for all the declarers in 3NT. by bidding 5t on a modest hand, signed IMPs and claimed the bronze medal.

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