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on the fifth round of clubs. Ouch! At the Bermuda Bowl) as their last match started heart, forcing one or other defender to
other table Tony Waterlow and Paul Hackett against the current leaders, Germany. give him a ninth trick. Unerringly, Bocchi
stopped very reasonably in 4♠, for a loss Board 2 proved to be the board of the exited safely in clubs.
of 17 IMPs. championship:
E/W Game. Dealer South.
♠ K Q J 10 5
♦ A 10 9 6 4
♠ 9876432 ♠ Void
♥ Q 10 3 N ♥A 8 7 5
♦ K3 S ♦8 7 5 2
♣ K ♣A 7 5 4 2
♦QJ Norberto Bocchi
Hervé Mouïel ♣ J 10 9 8 6 3
Piekarek cashed his good clubs and led the
When England faced France in Round 7, heart two, Duboin rising immediately with
Hervé Mouïel found a pretty loser-on- West North East South the ten of hearts to exit safely with the
loser play: Duboin Smirnov Bocchi Piekarek queen of hearts to South’s king. Declarer
Pass had to surrender the last two tricks to East’s
Pass 1♠ Pass 2NT ♥A-8 and that was one down. A dazzling
Love All. Dealer West. Pass 3♣ Pass 3♥ performance by the defenders and Italy
♠AKQ62 Pass 3NT All Pass went on to win the match 25-5 VPs.
♦A9 Josef Piekarek’s 2NT showed clubs and he
♣ K J 10 ended as declarer in 3NT. What would you
♠ Void ♠J953 have led from Giorgio Duboin’s West hand?
♥ K Q 10 9 8 6 W N E ♥ 3
♦ 10 8 5 S ♦J762
♣ 9652 ♣AQ73
♠ 10 8 7 4
Photo: Stephen Wood
Photo: Stephen Wood
West North East South John Holland – John Armstrong
Jason H. Lévy Justin H. Mouïel
3♥ Dble Pass 4♠ England finished in a respectable 12th
All Pass place of the eighteen teams that qualified
for the second week. If this seems disap-
This time the contract was the same at both pointing, remember that there are many
tables, but only the Frenchman found the The Italian maestro chose the king of strong teams in Europe (as the England
winning line. Mouïel won the king of diamonds, potentially knocking out the footballers discovered recently). Congra-
hearts lead and played a trump to the ace, entry to the blocked spades! The contract tulations are due to John Armstrong and
West showing out. He continued with four can still be made, but the successful lines John Holland, who finished second out of
rounds of diamonds, throwing dummy's of play are complicated and to some fifty-three pairs in the Butler Table for the
heart losers. Justin Hackett won the fourth extent double-dummy. final week, averaging +0.64 IMPs per board.
round of diamonds and had no good Piekarek won the first trick with dum- Only Norway’s Lindqvist and Brogeland
return. He exited with the seven of clubs to my’s ace and played the queen of clubs to were ahead of them. Tragically, John
dummy’s ten, but declarer could then ruff a West’s king. When Duboin returned his Armstrong died shortly after the cham-
club in his hand for the tenth trick. remaining diamond to South’s queen, pionship. A very fine player and a true
The Italians had omitted former world declarer cashed the spade ace and led the gentleman of the game, he will be sadly
pairs champions, Fantoni and Nunes, from jack of clubs to East’s ace, West and the missed by his many friends.
their team in order to make way for a dummy throwing a spade. If Norberto The qualifiers for next year’s Bermuda
sponsor. As a result of this extravagance, Bocchi exits with a low heart now, declarer Bowl were: 1. Norway 299; 2. Russia 287;
they found themselves in seventh place can succeed by rising with the king, cashing 3. Germany 286; 4. Bulgaria 285; 5. Italy
(with only six teams to qualify for the his club winners and exiting with a low 279; 6. Netherlands 273.
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