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Don’t Cry for me Argentina

Don’t Cry for me Argentina

By In 46th World Bridge Teams Championships On 27th August 2023

In the d’Orsi Trophy Argentina drew their final match against South Africa and then had to see if Sweden who trailed China 19-15, could pick up the big swing they needed on the two deals that remained.

In the Open Room, Sweden stole the pot in 2Picche, which failed by two tricks. The auction, might have been 1NT-(2Quadri*)-2Cuori-(2Picche)-All Pass (2Quadri promising spades and another suit).
In the other room NS bid up to 4Cuori and someone doubled.
The spotlight was on East. A minor suit lead allows the defenders to score the }A and play three rounds of diamonds, forcing dummy to ruff and ensuring a trick for the CuoriK for one down (it was only achieved once in the event). When East went with the Picche6 declarer could win with the king and advance the CuoriQ which resulted in 12 tricks, +1190 and 14 IMPs.
That moved Sweden into the final qualifying spot but they lost 6 IMPs on the final deal. When the scores flashed up that still left ) 0.17 of their advantage over Argentina intact.

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Mark Horton
Mark Horton

Mark Horton British journalist and expert player, was Editor of Bridge Magazine 1995-2017 and now edits the online publication Bridgerama+. At one time, his business cards were inscribed: Have Cards will Travel, but following the death of his most famous sponsor, the Rabbi Leonard Helman, he has tended to concentrate on his writing exploits (in 2018 he had five books published!). Anyone wanting to discover how to lose at bridge on a regular basis (and pay for the privilege) should feel free to contact him. He currently lives in Shrewsbury with his wife Liz.