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Pablo Ravenna

 

   

 

 

Partnership Bridge...

 

by Ana Roth 

Fernando Lema

                                                   

During the weekend of 6 and 7 November 2010, was played the grand final to define the Open Team and the Ladies Team
who will represent Argentina in the South American Championship in Asuncion, (Paraguay) 2011.

It is important to note that the two countries best placed will represent the Zone III in the next Bridge World Championship:
Netherlands 2011.

In this trial, as last year too, my son Pablo Ravenna played in one of the open teams while my husband Fernando Lema played in the other one.

At the end of the match Pablo´s team was the winner: Pablo Ravenna- Pablo Lambardi and Hector Camberos - Carlos Pellegrini.

On Monday, over breakfast with Pablo and Fernando I asked them about some interesting hand, and both agreed that none was actually
memorable, but unwittingly they started talking, including some hands and here is one I want to tell you.

 

Board 19, dealer South, W/E vulnerable

 

 Ravenna was South and received:

 

K Q 4 2
5
A 7 6 4
Q 10 5 3

 

The bidding:

 

West

North

Easst

South

Ricardo Cardoni

Pablo Lambardi

Fernando Lema

Pablo Ravenna

     

1

Pass

2*

Doblo

4

Pass

Pass

5

Fin

 

* weak

 

 

 Lead: K

 

Down came the Dummy:

 

10 8
7
Q J 9 8 3 2
J 7 6 4

 
 

K Q 4 2
5
A 7 6 4
Q 10 5 3

 

 

 Declarer played the 8 from dummy, Lambardi the 3 and Fernando won the  first trick with the A.

 

 He continued with three TOP trumps, Ravenna played his 5 the first time and a spade and a little club the second and third, meanwhile

Lambardi played heart the three times...4, 8, 10....

 

Finishing the hearts, Fernando played the K...

 

¿What do you do with South cards?

 

 1) If you play the A and declarer has 2 diamonds...he wins the hand, he will be able to pitch his hand loosers in dummy's diamonds.

 

 2) If you dont play the A and the K is only declarer´s diamond...he wins the hand...loosing only two more clubs...bidding suggests declarer

has a club honor, and you are watching your Q and dummy's J...

 

 For the play and the bidding you already know that declarer has:

 

 1) Only one spade card

 

 2) 8 hearts

 

 3) Does he have two diamonds and two clubs? or one diamond and three clubs?...all other combinacion is irrelevant, the contract is cold.

 

 ¿How can you now...instead of guessing?

 

 Pablo played the A the correct card...and commentted, that it was easy, ¿Why easy?  I asked him, so he added:

 

 Pablo (for Lambardi) without seeing the A, Fernando had not played yet,  and since my K lead,  did not indicated who had the A,

knowing that my K could win the first trick, played the 3, and that card explained me the whole story.

 

 ¿So easy? How is that?

 

 The 3 showed a club honor and at last 2 diamond cards, if Pablo had a single diamond he would have show it in his first card. And added:

 

 When dummy appeared, Lambardi knew immediatly that the key of the hand was to show me his attitud and distribution, after the third heart

round I could see that my partner´s distribution was 6-3-2-2, 6 spades from the bidding and 3 hearts from the playing.

 

 Also. if I had any doubt, his first heart the 4, confirmed the exact distribution.

 

 So Fernando...couldn pitch his club loosers...and went one down...

 

 In the other room, "the Pablos"´s mates, let play 4, one down, so the hand gave them 5 IMPs, but if Fernando could win the hand it would had

cost them 11 IMPs.

 

 The complete hand:

 

 

J 9 7 6 5 3
10 8 4
10 5
A 8

10 8
7
Q J 9 8 3 2
J 7 6 4

A
A K Q J 9 6 3 2
K
K 9 2

 

K Q 4 2
5
A 7 6 4
Q 10 5 3