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REPORTS Women’s teams:
won Gold 3 – 18 October 2008
West North East South and we went into the final set 55 IMPs up.
Pass 1NT* However, the French came out with all guns
I GUESS it’s a little unusual to start a story Pass 2♥ Pass 2♠ blasting.
with the ending, but since most of you Pass 3NT All Pass
know the ending anyway it would perhaps *15–17
be a little stilted to pretend that you don’t.
We – myself and Nicola Smith, Heather As West, I led the four of hearts. Declarer
Dhondy and Nevena Senior, Catherine for Singapore did not make much of an
Draper and Anne Rosen, along with captain attempt: she won with dummy’s king,
Martin Jones and coach Sandra Penfold – crossed to her hand with a club and played
Photo: Ron Tacchi
went to Beijing to represent English the jack of spades. When I covered with the
womankind in the 1st World Mind Sports king she ducked, and I had little problem in
Games and beat the Chinese in the final by knowing what to do next. One down.
1 IMP to win the gold medal!
If the final seemed close, it was. However, Nicola Smith
the rest of the event wasn’t, as we led our
group in the round robin by a substantial On the first board they bid a thin slam in
margin all the way through, and won our the fourth suit – always very difficult. Then
knock-out matches comfortably. Indeed, they opened a Weak Two and when Nicola
the final also seemed comfortable until it Smith bid everyone’s 3NT in the fourth
Photo: Ron Tacchi
came to scoring the final set! This report seat, they doubled her and collected 500.
concentrates on our last four matches. The next result seemed normal as I opened
5♣ with my nine-card suit, but I went one
Round of 16 vs Singapore down and they couldn’t make anything. It
Nevena Senior was time to keep our heads down and make
This was a 56-board match, and although sure this didn’t continue:
we had a decent lead of 32 IMPs going into In the other room, Nevena Senior was
the final set, the match was by no means declarer. She won the heart lead in hand
over, although the Singapore women had and played the jack of spades, covered by Game All. Dealer South.
been playing as a team of four throughout the king and ace. Then she played four ♠2
and were, by their own admission, tiring: rounds of clubs, which forced West to ♥ K 10 4 2
discard a diamond and a spade. She now ♦ A Q J 10 3 2
cashed the queen of spades and exited with ♣42
E/W Game. Dealer East. a heart. West could take her four heart ♠ Q9754 ♠ A 10 8 6
♠AQ753 tricks but had to lead a diamond at trick ♥ Q7 W E
♥K2 twelve. I am sure that Nevena had not come ♦ 75 S ♦K94
♦Q65 this far to go wrong in the ending, but West ♣ J763 ♣ K Q 10
♣J87 gave her no chance to go wrong by exiting ♠KJ3
♠ K92 ♠ 10 6 4 with the king – and that was nine tricks. ♥AJ96
♥ AQ643 W
♦ K72 S ♦J98 Quarter-final vs France ♣A985
♣ 92 ♣ 10 6 5 3
♠J8 From now on the matches would be of 96
♥ J 10 9 boards, played over two days. On the first West North East South
♦ A 10 4 3 day we had steady gains and established a 1♣
♣AKQ4 healthy overnight lead of 44 IMPs. The first Pass 1♦ Pass 1♥
two sets of the second day saw small gains Pass 4♥ All Pass
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