NEC Cup (Japan) Report

NEC Cup Report

After a morning sight-seeing at the Osaka castle and farewelling those on the Bridge with Beauchamp Japan Tour, I arrived at the NEC Cup held in the Yokohama Convention Centre. My team of Simon Hinge/Kim Morrison and Bruce Neill/Michael Ware got off to a reasonable start with 2 wins and 1 loss. My partner, Nathan Van Jole (Brisbane) and I sat down to play match 4 against a Japanese team.

Bd 26
All Vul
E Dealer
J 8 6 5 4 3
3 2
7 5 3 2
A
 
10 9 7
Q
A 10 9 6
Q J 9 8 3
[ 10 ] K Q
A J 10 6 5

K 10 7 6 5 2
  A 2
K 9 8 7 4
K Q J 8 4
4
 

N E S W
1 1 2
P 5

Nathan, sitting East, liked his 6/5 pattern. His courageous 5 bid made it difficult for the opponents to find their fit. There were no difficulties in the play here – 11 tricks – thank you, Nathan. Remember the chant: 6/4 – bid more; 6/5 – come alive!!!!

The team achieved a small win in this match.

The next morning our match against a strong Japanese team was covered on Bridge Base Online. I was sitting North and Nathan was South.

Bd 3
EW Vul
S Dealer
A K 4
A Q 9 8 6 2
A 6 4
10
 
9 8 5
10 5
Q 8 7
K Q 9 6 3
[ 3 ] Q J 3 2
K 7 4
K 5 3
7 4 2
  10 7 6
J 3
J 10 9 2
A J 8 5
 

N E S W
P P
1 P 1NT P
3 P 4 P
P P P

Nathan did well to accept my invitation with only 7 points -the exuberance of youth! I would have passed in his seat given all his Jacks but I am considerably older!!!!

The lead was 2, which I won with the Ace. I immediately finessed the J, losing to East’s King. East switched to the Q. I took the Ace and led the 2 to the Jack; then refinessed in , which won. Now I played a to the Ace and claimed 10 tricks. Well bid, partner….

This match ended in a tie: 32 imps all.

Match 6 vs Klinger team. Matt Mullamphy – North; Ron Klinger – South; Nathan – East and I was West.

Bd 23
All Vul
S Dealer
J 10 9 8 3 2
10 6
7 2
A 10 6
 
A Q 7 6 4
A K 7
K 6 3
8 5
[ 7 ]
Q 9 8 5 3
A Q J 10 9 5
7 3
  K 5
J 4 2
8 4
K Q J 9 4 2
 

N E S W
1 1
P 2 P 3
X 3 P 4

My 3 bid asked for more information. Partner bid 3, which he later assured me showed 6/5 in the reds. However, at the time, I was unsure whether he was 6/4 or 6/5. I suspected that 4 might be our best spot, rather than 5. 4 (and 5) make but 3NT would have been a disaster.

We lost this match by just 3 imps.

Match 7 vs India. I am North and Nathan is South.

Bd 8
Nil Vul
W Dealer
10 9 8 5
A K Q J 10
A
A K 4
 
K J 2
8 6
Q 8 7 5
9 6 5 2
[ 8 ] Q 6
9 5 4 2
6 4 3
Q 8 7 3
  A 7 4 3
7 3
K J 10 9 2
J 10
 

N E S W
P
2 P 2 P
2 P 3 P
3NT P 5NT  P
6NT P P P

We play 5NT as forcing to slam, asking partner to pick the correct slam.

I received a friendly lead, but still only made 11 tricks.

However, if I had opted instead for 6, I could have established the suit, providing there was no opening lead.

Yes, I forgot to listen to Ted – avoid 6NT, as it rarely makes!

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