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REPORTS Open teams:

Well done

Beijing, China

England! 3 – 18 October 2008

Tony Gordon driving seat. Accurate play by Jason Hackett another diamond and Jason crossed to

earned England a game swing on the deal hand with the ace of clubs and ran the

below from the second session: ten of spades to East’s jack. After the jack

AT the 1st World Mind Sports Games in of hearts was covered by the queen, king

Beijing the seventy-one teams in the Open and ace, declarer continued with the king

Teams were divided into four groups and N/S Game. Dealer South. of spades and ruffed East’s ace. A trump

after a round robin the top four teams in ♠ KQ865 to the king was followed by the queen of

each group qualified for the knock-out ♥ A32 spades, as declarer discarded a heart, and

stage. Germany and the USA were the ♦ K8 when the nine fell from West he could

strong teams in England’s group and Ger- ♣ KJ6 draw the last trump with dummy’s jack

many ran out comfortable winners, but ♠ 932 ♠ AJ74 and throw his remaining hearts on

England were in contention for a qualifying ♥ K4

W

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♥ J 10 9 6 dummy’s winning spades to bring home

position throughout and grabbed second ♦ AJ97643 S ♦ Q2 his contract.

place from the USA in the last round. That ♣ 9 ♣ 10 4 2

result was more significant than it seems, ♠ 10

as it meant England ended up in the ♥ Q875

opposite half of the draw to such teams as ♦ 10 5

Italy, Norway, Poland and the USA. ♣ AQ8753

In the last sixteen England beat Bulgaria

by 45 IMPs as most of the matches followed

Photo: Ron Tacchi

the form book. In the heavyweight contests West North East South

in the top half of the draw, Poland de- Gromoeller Justin Kirmse Jason

feated the USA by 27 IMPs and China held Pass

off a late rally by Brazil to win by 9 IMPs. 3♦ Dble Pass 4♦

The four-man team from Romania had Pass 4♠ Pass 5♣ Nick Sandqvist

done very well to reach the last eight, but All Pass

they were no match for a confident England The last session had a somewhat surreal

team who won as easily as the 267-146 North has an awkward bid over 3♦. At the air about it as ill-judged attempts by one

IMPs score-line suggests. The other quarter- other table the German North had over- of the German pairs to recover some IMPs

finals produced wins for Germany, Italy called 3♠ and did well to go only one down. saw them concede 4700 points in penalties

and Norway. Justin Hackett chose to double 3♦ and that over the course of four boards. The match

left his brother at the helm of a 5♣ contract was clearly over and one of their players

that seemed to have three inescapable was unwell, so Germany conceded half-

losers, but Jason found the winning line. way through the session. The final score

was England 275 – Germany 141 IMPs.

The other semi-final between the 2005

World Champions, Italy, and the current

World Champions, Norway, was expected

Photo: Ron Tacchi

to be a close contest, but Italy won the

first session by 48 IMPs and never looked

back. With one session to play, Italy led

Photo: Ron Tacchi

by 99 IMPs and Norway conceded the

Jason Hackett match.

It should be noted that this was not the

England trailed Germany by 8 IMPs half- same Italian team that had struggled at the

way through their 96-board semi-final, Justin Hackett European Championships. Claudio Nunes

but they gained 82 IMPs over the next two and Fulvio Fantoni had been returned to

sessions to put themselves firmly in the Michael Gromoeller began with ace and the fold, and Giorgio Duboin’s new

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