Palace Cup 2016 - Daily Bulletin No 3

D A I L Y   B U L L E T I N

Editor: Marek Wójcicki

No. 3                                                                                                  Saturday, April 3rd, 2016

PROGRAM FOR TODAY

10.30 a.m. Teams Tournament     SF 1/3             Pairs Tournament - rounds 13-15

12.30 p.m.  Teams Tournament     SF 2/3             Pairs Tournament - rounds 16-18

2.00 p.m.                            Lunch

3.00 p.m.    Teams Tournament     SF 3/3             Pairs Tournament - rounds 19-21

5.00 p.m.    Teams Tournament     F1/4                 Pairs Tournament -finals, rounds 1-4

RESULTS

TEAMS TOURNAMENT

Final results of the Robin Round:

  1.ZIA                                                          229.21

  2.VAINIKONIS                                              201.75

  3.BRIDGE24.PL A                                         193.94

  4.MARKOWICZ                                            191.11

  5.ZAWADA                                                  188.52

  6.INGIELEWICZ                                           186.56

  7.DE BOTTON                                             184.39

  8.CARLO BOSSI PARFUMES                          154.23

  9.BLACK                                                    139.41

10.BRIDGE24.PL B                                        128.88

There were emotions till the very last board… In the ZAWADA - BRIDGE24.PL A match in the last board down 2 would eliminate BRIDGE24.PL A, down one - MARKOWICZ; in fact the contract was made and ZAWADA pairs have to play pairs…

SEMIFINALS PAIRINGS:

ZIA - MARKOWICZ  c.o. 7.1

VAINKONIS - BRIDGE24.PL A c.o. 5.1

 

BUTLER OF THE ROBIN ROUND

1.Zia Mahmood                    ZIA                             0.83 imp/board           144 boards

   David Bakhshi                   ZIA                             0.83 imp/board           144 boards

3.Artur Malinowski                 ZIA                             0.68 imp/board           144 boards

   Jacek Pszczoła                  ZIA                             0.68 imp/board           144 boards

5.Apolinary Kowalski             MARKOWICZ               0.63 imp/board           144 boards

6.Kamil Nowak                     CARLO BOSSI              0.54 imp/board           128 boards

   Piotr Tuszyński                 CARLOBOSSI                0.54 imp/board           128 boards

8.Grzegorz Narkiewicz          INGIELEWICZ                0.52 imp/board           144 boards

   Krzysztof Buras                INGIELEWICZ                0.52 imp/board           144 boards

10. Julian Klukowski            MARKOWICZ                 0.50 imp/board             64 boards

 

PAIRS TOURNAMENT

Standings before the second day:

  1.G.Gardynik - J.Wojcieszek               153.09

  2.S.Kolarz - L.Sztyrak                        149.14

  3.D.Filipowicz - K.Martens                   138.80

  4.M.Eggeling - T.Gotard                     132.91

  5.A.Jaszczak - S.Niajko                      132.46

  6.C.Bałdysz - A.Sarniak                     130.79

  7.M.Cichocki - K.Pikus                       126      from the teams tournament
  8.P.Zawada - W.Strzemecki                126      from the teams tournament
  9.K.Buras - P.Jurek                           124      from the teams tournament
     Z.Ingielewicz - J.Stępiński               124      from the teams tournament
11.T.Townsend - N.Sandqvist                122      from the teams tournament

12.T.Charlsen - T.E.Hoftaniska              122      from the teams tournament
13.J.De Botton - G.Helgemo                 122      from the teams tournament

14.M.Bartkowski - A.Wyszyński             120.07

15.K.Nowak - P.Tuszyński                     120      from the teams tournament

16.R.Sakowicz - P.Miechowicz                120      from the teams tournament
17.A.Byzdra - M.Witek                         120      from the teams tournament

18.J.Dmowski - W.Talar                       119.32

19.J.Figlus - Z.Papierniak                     118.67
20.G.Hallberg - P.Bertheau                    118      from the teams tournament

21.A.Black - W.Whittaker                      118      from the teams tournament
22.P.King - A.McIntosh                         118      from the teams tournament

23.P.Szymonik - T.Urbański                  117.07

24.M.Kraśnicki - P.Teleszyński              116.25
25.I.Chalupec - B.Chmurski                 116      from the teams tournament
26.T.Sielicki - P.Tuczyński                    116      from the teams tournament

27.R.Jaśkiewicz - M.Urbański               115.54

28.A.Dudzik - M.Kliś                            113.16

29.K.Kleinrok - T.Kluz                          111.06

30.K.Dufrat - J.Żmuda                         110.89

31.A.Majcher - A.Majcher                      110.02

32.M.Miłaszewski - S.Szenberg              108.60

33.A.Kozikowski - U.Kielichowski           104.78

34.M.Kwiecień - P.Zatorski                    104.00

35.M.Krupowicz - S.Zawiślak                  93.38

TABLE PRESENCE

Player by capital „P” knows more than us, lesser mortals… Let’s look at the board from the last match of the Robin Round, where the ZIA squad faced CARLO BOSSI PARFUMES. In on of the boards the leaders of the tournament did not find the best of the possible contracts:

West

North

East

South

MALINOWSKI

  SAKOWICZ

  PSZCZOŁA

  MIECHOWICZ

Pass

Pass

1 ♥

Pass

1 ♠

Pass

4 ♣

Pass

4 ♦

Pass

4 NT

Pass

5 ♥

Pass

6 ♠

All pass

 

K 8 7 3

9 3

A Q 9

9 4 3 2

 

N

W

 

E

S

 

A Q 10 5

A K Q J 10 8

K 3

5

 

May be, taking into account diamond cue bid and 2 key cards response, Pepsi could bid 6♥, not 6♠?Any way, 6♠ does not look bad…

North led the club ace, and South followed with the queen. North, without any sign of hesitation, continued a club… Declarer ruffed, and.. How should he continue?

Standard line is to draw the trumps from the top. But Artur cashed ace of trumps - both opponents followed - entered the hand with the diamond queen and played a spade, finessing with the ten when North followed with a low trump… It was the only way to make the contract - it is a complete board:

Board 20
West Deals
Both Vul

J 6 4 2

6 2

10 6 2

A K 7 6

K 8 7 3

9 3

A Q 9

9 4 3 2

 

N

W

 

E

S

 

A Q 10 5

A K Q J 10 8

K 3

5

 

9

7 5 4

J 8 7 5 4

Q J 10 8

I asked about this unusual, against the a priori probabilities, line of play…

Artur responded: “It was obvious… North continued clubs very fast, without any hesitation… And, last, but not least, I played this board at the vuegraph… Show must go on! ”

I have to add that there was one more declarer who made this contract in exactly same way. Who? Geir Helgemo.

TO DOUBLE OR NOT TO DOUBLE, IS THIS THE QUESTION?

 

The same match… 1984 Olympic Champion Tuszynski overcalled after Zia 1♣ opening 1♥ with: ♠ 7 ♥ K 8 6 5 3 ♦ 8 6 5 ♣ A Q J 3, partner preempted slightly, and the opponents propelled to a slam:

West

North

East

South

K Nowak

Bakhshi

Tuszynski

Zia

 

1 ♣

1 ♥

1 ♠

3 ♥

4 ♠

Pass

4 NT

Pass

5 ♠

Pass

6 ♠

Pass

Pass

?

 

Would you like partner to lead hearts? NO! You want him to lead a club… If he has one of course… How to manage it? Each matured enough pair has the appropriate tool - Lightner’s double - “Partner, please, lead dummy’s first suit”. So Piotr doubled. Zia, similar to his teammates, knows that the show must go on and redoubled. Not only for the kibitzers joy of course. He has some solid arguments. Look at the complete board:

Board 17
North Deals
None Vul

A K Q 4

J 8

10

K 10 9 8 6 4

6 5

Q 10 4 2

9 7 3 2

7 5 2

 

N

W

 

E

S

 

7

K 9 6 5 3

8 6 5

A Q J 3

 

J 10 9 8 3 2

A 7

A K Q J 4

 

West

North

East

South

K Nowak

Bakhshi

Tuszynski

Zia

 

1 ♣

1 ♥

1 ♠

3 ♥

4 ♠

Pass

4 NT

Pass

5 ♠

Pass

6 ♠

Pass

Pass

Dbl

Rdbl

All pass

 

 

 

 

Declarer claimed overtrick when the dummy was shown. 1820… At replay, 1010 for 6♠ and the overtrick. It was not easy do discover key cards with the void in partner’s opening suit… There was only one match - INGIELEWICZ vs VAINIKONIS - were both North - South pairs bid a grand.

Once again at that match the request “Partner, please, do not lead my suit” was the subject of the board. Ryszard Sakowicz preempted 3♠ with ♠ K J 7 6 4 3 2 ♥ A 8 3 ♦ 4 ♣ 4 3, and the opponents have reached the slam:

West

North

East

South

MALINOWSKI

  SAKOWICZ

  PSZCZOLA

  MIECHOWICZ

 

 

 

Pass

1 ♣

3 ♠

Dbl

4 ♠

4 NT

Pass

6 ♦

Pass

Pass

?

 

 

He decided to double… It is well known problem of modern bridge. What exactly the Lighter’s double mean? Shows "one defensive trick", asks for the “unusual lead” or lead at the first suit bid by dummy, or shows the void… This time partner misread the signal and led a club… It was very expensive:

Board 19
South Deals
E-W Vul

K J 7 6 4 3 2

A 8 3

4

4 3

A

J 4 2

Q J 6 2

A Q J 6 2

 

N

W

 

E

S

 

10 5

K 10 9

A 10 9 8 7 3

K 10

 

Q 9 8

Q 7 6 5

K 5

9 8 7 5

 

Declarer took the trick with the king, entered a dummy with the spade ace and played a trump queen. When North followed low, ace was played, club ten cashed followed by the spade ruff. Now three hearts were discarded to the clubs and slam was made…

 

West

North

East

South

MALINOWSKI

  SAKOWICZ

  PSZCZOLA

   MIECHOWICZ

 

 

 

Pass

1 ♣

3 ♠

Dbl

4 ♠

4 NT

Pass

6 ♦

Pass

Pass

Dbl

All pass

 

 

1540 and 14 imps for ZIA, as at the replay 5♦ was bid and made with overtrick.

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