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2011, September 22: Italian Club Teams Championships

 

And one learns...

 

 by Ana Roth y Fernando Lema

 

 

 And one learns….
that one can really endure,
that one is really strong,
and that one can learn in each good bye.

Author: Jorge Luis Borges

 

 Note: we sent this article by e-mail to Fantoni before publishing it, and asked him about some bidding details...who were included... TYVM Fulvio...
 

 The 22 of September, thanks to the BBO VG, people all over the world could watch the Italian Club Teams Championships 2011 semifinals and learn from the best bridge masters. Playing for the Angelini Team, were: Benito Garozzo; the legend, with Leonardo Cima, and the great partnership Fantunes (Fulvio Fantoni and Claudio Nunes) that as usual, continued to develop high level performances.

 

 Hand 22: Dealer East, E/W vulnerable.   

  Mina  
 

7

K 4

J 10 9 7

A Q 8 7 5 3

 
Garozzo   Cima

J 10 9 8 6 5 2

10

8 6 3

K 10

A K Q 4

Q 8 3

K Q 4

6 4 2

  Fornaciari  
 

3

A J 9 7 6 5 2

A 5 2

J 9

 

 

West

North

East

South

Garozzo

Mina

Cima

Fornaciari

   

1NT

3

4

5

5

Fin

  East opened 1NT(15 to 17) vulnerable and Fornaciari overbid 3. Garozzo said 4, showing his long spades and leaving no space for a 4 opps bid. Mina didn't doubt and declared 5, but Cima didn't hesitate too and finished as a 5 contract declarer. He couldn't avoid loosing a heart and 2 clubs in the first 3 tricks, later he also lost a diamond trick for 2 down.

 

 On the other table, in N/S were Fantoni-Nunes and in East/West Comella-Buratti and the auction was:

 

West

North

East

South

Comella

Fantoni

Buratti

Nunes

   

1NT

3

4

5

5

6

Double Fin    

 

 The bidding started exactly the same; but Nunes didn't pass over Buratti´s 5 and declared the heart slam, Comella doubled.

 

 The contract is always cold, but in this case the lead was the K so Nunes made the 13 tricks scoring 1310 IMPs.

 

 The play: Claudio won the lead with the A, played a heart to the J, and continued with the J, playing the Q from dummy, to continue with the 8, pitching his spade looser. When West didn't ruff, he claimed 13 tricks. The hand scored 15 IMPs for Angelini Team. With their foot still on the accelerator, the hand 23 arrived, and Fantunes showed again their incredible skills.

  

Hand 23: Dealer South, All vulnerable.   

  Mina  
 

A J

A 4

K Q J 9 6 2

J 9 3

 
Garozzo   Cima

K 10 2

Q J 10 9 8

A 10 7

10 2

9 8 7 6 5 4

7 5 3

8 4

8 4

  Fornaciari  
 

Q 3

K 6 2

5 3

A K Q 7 6 5

 

 

West

North

East

South

Garozzo

Mina

Cima

Fornaciari

   

 

1

1

2

Pass

3

Pass 3

Pass

3NT

 

 When South closed the contract in 3NT North passed....very different was the auction in the other table:

 

West

North

East

South

Comella

Fantoni

Buratti

Nunes

   

 

1

1

2

Pass

3

Pass 3

Pass

3NT

Pass 4

Pass

4

Pass 4

Pass

4NT

Pass 6

fin

 

 

  When Nunes said 3NT, Fantoni continued bidding showing a good club support and slam intentions, Nunes now showed his heart control (denying diamond control and so showing 2 or 3 small diamond cards). Fantoni´s 4 informed his partner about his diamond and spades control. When Nunes 4NT showed an even number of keycards, Fantoni decided to say 6 (to play): I prefer to play in diamond, because I want to be protected from a spade lead just in case you have the Q. As you can see the contract is always cold. Another 1370 points and 12 IMPs for the "Angelini" team that won the semi-final...to play the finals against the Allegra Team...