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partnership with Antonio Sementa had even though Italy led throughout, contract in the other room, so Italy

proved to be an instant success. England were not outclassed and appeared to be heading for a game swing

Here is Fulvio Fantoni, the world’s top- pushed them all the way as Italy’s winning when they reached 4♥, as there seemed to

ranked player, in action in the semi-final: margin of 30 IMPs testifies. be no way the defence could take more

than one spade, one diamond and one

club. However, that does not take into

E/W Game. Dealer South. account Gold’s opening lead, which was

♠ 10 4 the ♥10!

♥ AK54

♦ A7642

♣ J9

Photo: Ron Tacchi

♠ AQ7 ♠ 82

N

♥ Q96 W E

♥ J 10 7 2

♦ Q S ♦ K 10 9 8

Photo: Stephen Woodd

♣ 10 8 7 6 4 3 ♣ Q52

♠ KJ9653 Artur Malinowski

♥ 83

♦ J53 David Gold and Tom Townsend were

♣ AK England’s best pair and impressed many

observers, so it is appropriate that they David Gold

feature in my final offering below:

West North East South One could argue that if Gold did not hold

Fantoni Molberg Nunes Aa the king of hearts he would have at least

1♠ Game All. Dealer South. one black king-queen and might have

Pass 2♦ Pass 2♠ ♠ A65 preferred to lead from such a holding, but

Pass 3NT Pass 4♠ ♥ AQJ852 Alfredo Versace did not believe that Gold

All Pass ♦ K7 would daringly underlead the heart king,

♣ 97 so he rose with dummy’s ace in the expect-

3NT was the popular contract for North- ♠ K 10 3 2 ♠ QJ84 ation that Tom Townsend would follow

N

South on this deal, and it was usually de- ♥ K 10 W E

♥7 with the bare king. When the lowly seven

feated by three tricks after a club lead from ♦ AQ2 S ♦ 10 8 5 4 3 appeared instead, he knew he had been

West, but made after a heart lead from ♣ K863 ♣ Q54 fooled. Declarer’s only hope now was to

East. As Italy had wrong-sided 3NT at the ♠ 97 make three club tricks, so at trick two he

other table, Fantoni had to find the ♥ 9643 led the nine of clubs from dummy. If

winning defence against Terje Aa’s 4♠ to ♦ J96 Townsend had followed with a low club,

avoid an adverse game swing. He began ♣ A J 10 2 declarer would have succeeded in his

with his singleton queen of diamonds objective, but Townsend covered with the

and declarer won with dummy’s ace, as queen and Versace had to concede defeat.

Claudio Nunes followed with the ten, and West North East South England’s twelfth place at the European

then ran the ten of spades round to Gold Lauria Townsend Versace Championships in Pau had hardly been

Fantoni’s queen. Pass the recipe for success at world level, but a

With the sight of all four hands it can be 1NT1 2♦2 Pass 2♠3 change of personnel and some luck in the

seen that declarer needs to lead towards Pass 2NT4 Pass 3♥ draw had produced a remarkable transfor-

his jack of diamonds after all of West’s Pass 4♥ All Pass mation.

trumps have been drawn, so the winning 1

15-17 Congratulations to David Gold and Tom

defence is for West to use his trump entries 2

Major one-suiter. Townsend, Jason and Justin Hackett,

to attack dummy’s heart entries, and 3

Pass or correct Artur Malinowski and Nick Sandqvist, non-

Fantoni, with the help of his partner’s ten 4

Good hand with hearts playing captain Phil King, and coach Simon

of diamonds at trick one, which implied Cope, for winning a well deserved Silver

the king but not the jack, did indeed find medal.

the winning heart switch. Aa won in

dummy and played a second trump, but Top three:

Fantoni won and played a second heart. 1. Italy; 2. England; 3. Norway.

Aa now had to hope that Fantoni did not

Photo: Stephen Woodd

hold the remaining trump, but when he

played a diamond towards his jack, Nunes NOTE: THE CLOSING

rose with the king and gave his partner a DATE FOR THE YEARLY

ruff to defeat the contract.

MASTER-POINT

England had performed well in rea-

ching their first-ever major final, but Tom Townsend COMPETITION IS THE FIRST

Italy were a class act and were expected POST ON 26TH JANUARY 2009.

to dominate their confrontation. However, A spade lead had defeated England’s 3NT

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