Team HILL wins Palace Cup 2019

6th edition of Palace Cup tournaments, organized by Bridge24.pl foundation, was held from 24th till 28th April.

   Main event was the teams tournament with 10 invited teams participating. Formula of the tournament was double robin round (8 boards matches) followed by semifinals and final (48 boards). Pairs of the teams, eliminated from the tournament could start at the pairs tournament.

   After first Robin Round PEPSI team was leading, followed by the POLISH JUNIORS, but after second there was no sensation:

1.HILL                                   215.67 VP

(Joyce Hill, Łukasz Lebioda, Krzysztof Buras, Grzegorz Narkiewicz, Jacek Kalita, Michał Nowosadzki)

2.PEPSI                                205.52 VP

(Jacek Pszczoła, May Sakr,  Nikolaos Delimpaltadakis, Vasileios Vroustis, Michał Kwiecień, Włodzimierz Starkowski)

3.ZIA                                     205.02 VP

(Zia Mahmood, David Gold, Wojciech Gaweł, Rafał Jagniewski)

4.DE BOTTON                    196.78 VP

(Janet De Botton, Artur Malinowski, David Bakhshi, Dror Padon, Thor-Erik Hoftaniska, Tom Townsend)

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5.POLISH JUNIORS          185.95 VP

(Jakub Bazyluk, Krzysztof Cichy, Tomasz Kiełbasa, Kacper Kopka)

6.B.O.N.G.                         181.26 VP

(Justyna Stachowiak-Kluz, Tomasz Kluz, Piotr Nawrocki, Piotr Wiankowski)

7.HELLE                                               176.67 VP

(Rob Helle, Ed Hoogenkamp, Thomas Berg, Flemming Dahl, Piotr Tuczyński)

8.BRIDGE24.PL 2              160.85 VP

(Igor Chalupec, Bartosz Chmurski, Sławomir Kolarz, Kamil Nowak, Tomasz Sielicki)

9.HARRIS                            143.17 VP

(Jonathan Harris, Steve Root, Niall Igoe, Shahzaad Natt)

10.JENNY                            129.11 VP

(Jennifer Harris, Steve Capal, Eduard Malhasyan, Andrew Sobell)

   At the top of the Butler after Robin Round we could see:

J.Kalita                               HILL                       0.75/imp/board               144 boards

M.Nowosadzki                 HILL                       0.75                                       144

N.Delimpaltadakis          PEPSI                    0.70                                       104

V.Vroustis                        PEPSI                    0.70                                       104

K.Buras                              HILL                       0.67                                         88

G.Narkiewicz                    HILL                       0.67                                         88

D.Bakhshi                           DE BOTTON        0.66                                       112

D.Padon                              DE BOTTON        0.66                                       112

K.Cichy                                PL JUNIORS        0.60                                       144

K.Kopka                              PL JUNIORS        0.60                                       144

   In semifinals HILL met DE BOTTON, while PEPSI – ZIA. As David Gold of ZIA team had to visit hospital on Saturday, he was replaced with Mariusz Puczyński.

   PEPSI had a substantial lead from the start, and won comfortably 122.1-56 (+0.1 c.o., 40-15, 43-7, 39-34). Second semifinal match was very tight finally won by HILL 81.1-65 (+5.1 c.o., 24-12, 18-23, 22-18, 12-12).

   Final was won by HILL 86.1-61 (+0.1. c.o., 27-19, 19-14, 28-13, 12-15).

Winners - team HILL. From left: Igor Chalupec (President of Bridge24.pl Foundation), Grzegorz Narkiewicz, Krzysztof Buras, Joyce Hill, Łukasz Lebioda, Michał Nowosadzki, Jacek Kalita.

Runners up - team PEPSI. From left: Igor Chalupec (President of Bridge24.pl), Nikolaos Delimpaltadakis, Jacek Pszczoła, May Sakr, Michał Kwiecień, Vasileios Vroustis, Grzegorz Narkiewicz (Chairman od Bridge24.pl). Not pictured Włodzimierz Starkowski. 

At pairs, first day qualification won Thomas Berg – Fleming Dahl. Second were Tadeusz Biernat and Adam Brodowski.

Final A was won by the pair of HARRIS team – Niall Igoe and Shahzaad Natt. Second were Thor-Erik Hoftaniska and Tom Townsend, third – David Bakhshi and Dror Padon.

RESULTS

Winners: Niall Igoe and Shahzaad Natt with I.Chalupec and G.Narkiewicz

 Runners up - Tom Townsend and Thor-Erik Hoftaniska with I.Chalupec and G.Narkiewicz

At final B best were Polish juniors – Kacper Kopka and Krzysztof Cichy.

RESULTS

On Friday the Pro-Am tournament was played.

First were Justyna Stachowiak-Kluz and Bartosz Chmurski, second – Elzbieta Tomczuk – Michał Nowosadzki, third – Zdzisław Ingielewicz – Zia Mahmood.

 

Pro-Am medalists with Jacek Pszczoła. From left: Michał Nowosadzki, Zdzisław Ingielewicz, Jacek Pszczoła, Justyna Stachowiak-Kluz, Zia Mahmood, Bartosz Chmurski, Elzbieta Tomczuk.

Let’s look for a few boards from semifinals and final:

De Botton team was rather unlucky from the first board:

Board 1. Love all, dealer North

     

A K 5 2

K 6

A Q 10 7

8 7 6

 

N

W

 

E

S

 

9 8 4 3

A 8 4 2

K 5

A K 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

West

North

East

South

Malinowski

Buras

DeBotton

Narkiewicz

 

Pass

1 ♥

Pass

1 ♠

Pass

2 ♠

Pass

3 ♣

Pass

4 ♠

Pass

4 NT

Pass

5 ♥

Pass

6 ♠

All pass

 

 

With spades 3-2 6 is lay down and easy to play… Not this time:

 

J

Q 10 5 3

6 4 3

J 9 5 3 2

A K 5 2

K 6

A Q 10 7

8 7 6

 

N

W

 

E

S

 

9 8 4 3

A 8 4 2

K 5

A K 4

 

Q 10 7 6

J 9 7

J 9 8 2

Q 10

Kalita – Nowosadzki stopped in 3NT:

West

North

East

South

Kalita

Bakhshi

Nowosadzki

Padon

 

Pass

1 ♣

Pass

1 ♠

Pass

2 ♠

Pass

2 NT!

Pass

3 ♦!

Pass

3 NT

All pass

 

 

and HILL started with 10 imp lead. First part ended 24-2 for HILL. In second DE BOTTON recovered 5 imps, winning 23-18.

Not all DE BOTTON team slams were so unlucky:

Board 3
South Deals
E-W Vul

K J 2

K J 8 5 2

10 7

K 9 3

8 6

10 9

A J 6

A J 10 8 6 2

 

N

W

 

E

S

 

A

A Q 7 4 3

K Q 8 5 4

Q 7

 

Q 10 9 7 5 4 3

6

9 3 2

5 4

 

West

North

East

South

Malinowski

Buras

DeBotton

Narkiewicz

 

 

 

3 ♠

Pass

4 ♠

4 NT

Pass

6 ♣

All pass

 

 

This time about 70% slam was made. After spade lead, Artur played Q from dummy. North ducked, but the trap was corssed – declarer crossed to the hand with the diamond, ruffed a spade, again crossed to hand with a diamond and cashe ace of trumps, making the contract.

At replay North did not decided to bid 4, but it did not help EW pair:

West

North

East

South

Kalita

Hoftaniska

Nowosadzki

Townsend

 

 

 

3 ♠

Pass

Pass

Dbl

Pass

5 ♣

All pass

 

 

In the last quarter, DE BOTTON supporters could have some hopes – at board  3. they recovered 7 imps:

Kalita – Nowosadzki missed a good slam:

Board 15
South Deals
N-S Vul

K 8 5

6 5

9 8 6 5

Q 8 7 5

A J 6 4

A K

7 4 2

A K J 3

 

N

W

 

E

S

 

10 9 2

J 9 3

A K Q 10 3

10 4

 

Q 7 3

Q 10 8 7 4 2

J

9 6 2

 

West

North

East

South

Kalita

Bakhshi

Nowosadzki

Padon

 

 

 

Pass

2 NT

Pass

3 ♣!

Pass

3 ♦!

Pass

3 NT

All pass

Slam was also not played on the second table, but South decided to preempt there and had to pay for it:

West

North

East

South

Hoftaniska

Buras

Townsend

Narkiewicz

 

 

 

2 ♦!

Dbl

2 ♥!

Dbl!

All pass

Defenders had 8 easy tricks and scored +800.

In two next – 5 imps and the gap was reduced to 4 imps (65-69) but that was all and HILL advanced to the final.

The final also started well for HILL.

Kalita – Nowosadzki defended well against vulnerable game at board 2:

Board 2
East Deals
N-S Vul

10 9 4 2

9 8 6 3 2

9

A J 9

A Q 7

5 4

Q 10 8 7 4

K 4 3

 

N

W

 

E

S

 

K 8 6 3

J

K 5 3 2

Q 10 5 2

 

J 5

A K Q 10 7

A J 6

8 7 6

 

West

North

East

South

Kalita

Pepsi

Nowosadzki

Sakr

 

 

Pass

1 NT

Pass

2 ♣

Pass

2 ♥

Pass

3 ♥

Pass

4 ♥

All pass

 

 

 

Against 4♥ ♦7 was led to the king and ace. Then a low spade. Kalita entered with the queen and switched to a low club. Declarer had no chance.

On the other table after the same lead, declarer ruffed a diomaond and played a spade to the jack. West, after queen, continued diamond, not a club. Ruff in dummy, heart to the hand. Now a low spade and the contract was made.

HILL led 8 imps (27-19) after first quarter, but match was still tough, although low scoring.

PEPSI scored a 14 imps swing in second part:

Board 18
East Deals
N-S Vul

J 6 4

K 5

A J

K Q 9 7 5 4

10 9 7 2

8

K 9 7 5 4 3

6 2

 

N

W

 

E

S

 

A

A J 9 7 3 2

Q 10 8 2

10 3

 

K Q 8 5 3

Q 10 6 4

6

A J 8

 

West

North

East

South

Vroustis

Buras

Delimpalta

Narkiewicz

 

 

1 ♥

1 ♠

Pass

2 ♣

Pass

2 ♥

Pass

2 NT

Pass

3 NT

All pass

 

 

 

 Buras – Narkiewicz decided for 3NT, with strong heart holding and the danger of ruff. But real danger was in another suit… East has led diamomd and contract was 3 down vulnerable.

Pszczoła – Sakr played  spade game:

 

West

North

East

South

Kalita

Pepsi

Nowosadzki

Sakr

 

 

1 ♥

1 ♠

Pass

2 ♥

2 NT

4 ♠

All pass

 

 

 

 

4 ♠ by South

 

One spade ruff was not enough to beat it, 4♠ were made and PEPSI collected here 14 imps.

In third quarter HILL team scored two swings. First was the matter of the opening bid:

 

Board 7
South Deals
Both Vul

Q 10 3

K 9 2

9 8 7 4

J 9 4

J 7

Q 8 6

K Q 10 2

K 6 5 3

 

N

W

 

E

S

 

A 9 8 5 4

A J 10

J 6

A 10 7

 

K 6 2

7 5 4 3

A 5 3

Q 8 2

 

West

North

East

South

Starkowski

Buras

Kwiecien

Narkiewicz

 

 

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 ♠

Pass

1 NT

All pass

   
 

Kwiecień, playing 15-17 1NT, has choosen 1♠ and there was no way to the game. Nowosadzki qualify his hand to 1NT opening and Kalita checked for eventual five hearts, ending in 3NT:

West

North

East

South

Kalita

Delimpalta

Nowosadzki

Vroustis

 

 

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 NT

Pass

3 ♣

Pass

3 ♠

Pass

3 NT

All pass

 

 

  

10 tricks at both tables and 10 imps for Hill.

Next board was a slam:

Board 8
West Deals
None Vul

A 10 3

K Q 10 3

A K 4

A 10 6

7 6

4

Q 10 6 5 3 2

K 7 4 3

 

N

W

 

E

S

 

K 8 5 4

9 6 2

9 7

J 9 8 2

 

Q J 9 2

A J 8 7 5

J 8

Q 5

 Buras – Narkiewicz reached 6NT:

West

North

East

South

Starkowski

Buras

Kwiecien

Narkiewicz

Pass

2 NT

Pass

3 ♦!

Pass

3 ♠!

Pass

4 ♠

Pass

4 NT

Pass

5 ♣

Pass

5 NT

Pass

6 ♠

Pass

6 NT

All pass

 

Declarer was tested by a club (♣9) lead, but guessed correctly and made the slam.

On the other table Kalita with West hand opend 3♦ and NS could hardly be blamed for missing the slam:

West

North

East

South

Kalita

Delimpalta

Nowosadzki

Vroustis

3 ♦

3 NT

All pass

 

After this board Hill was leading 74-36. They lost 10 imps in the third quarter, in the last one PEPSI won 15-12, but it was not enough…