17th European Youth Bridge Team Championships
Friday, 14 July 2000

Right start, wrong Finnish!

Kari Mäkikangas

Round 6. Board 10. Dealer East. All Vul.
  ª A J 8 6 3
© K Q 8 3
¨ K 7
§ 7 6
ª 2
© A 9 5
¨ 10 9 8 5 4
§ Q J 10 8
Bridge deal ª Q 9 7 5 4
© J 6 4
¨ 6 2
§ A 5 4
  ª K 10
© 10 7 2
¨ A Q J 3
§ K 9 3 2


The contract is 3NT by South, and West leads the queen of clubs.


We know that the Finnish declarer played hearts after winning the third round of clubs, but still this deal went to or X-files, because after a heart to the nine and king, declarer played a diamond to the queen and the ten of hearts. When West played the three, declarer let it ride.


The team awarded him a candy, and abandoned him for two days to allow time to analyse suit-combinations.




Its OK with Juniors


Many of the people here play regularly on OK Bridge, so we know they will be interested in the latest news of the second Internet World Bridge Championships, provide by our old friend Henry Francis. It also occurred to us that you might like to let people know your OK bridge handle. We will happily publish any that are handed in.


Shades of Alphonse Moyse

Alphonse Moyse would have been proud. The man who became famous for his espousal of playing games in 4-3 fits would have had nothing but admiration for Bjorn Wenneberg and P.G.Eliasson of Sweden. They found their 4-3 spade fit, and avoided the ill-fated 6-4 club fit. They did this despite the fact that Geir Helgemo of Team Turbo, Norway, made a negative double over 1D-2C.


This board, in the second half of a Region 5 semifinal in the OKbridge second annual Internet World Bridge Championship, made the difference. Sweden gained 11 IMPs, then held on for a 1-IMP victory, 59-58, and a place in the regional final

Israel Team Profile


Asaf Amit, 25, is the veteran of the team, playing his third European Juniors Championship. He is busy studying for a second degree in computer science.

His partner here is Yaniv Vax, 23, who works for e-bridge, an internet bridge service, and also a bridge club located in his own home. This year he won the national Israeli teams championship, playing in partnership with his father, and with his npc as a team-mate.

Yossi Roll, 25, is getting married this summer, and he will welcome IMPs as wedding gifts. He is ‘officially’ a student of accounting, but devotes most of his time getting updated on sports news and looking for casinos. He ‘works’ as a poker and rubber bridge player and when he has some spare time also works in the airport in the security department.

His partner is Ranny Schneider, 24. He works for a financial company, in his parent’s bridge club, and studies business management. He feels jealous about this partner getting married, and is looking here for suitable candidates.

They are the current Israeli junior champions, and won a major pairs tournament, just a few weeks before coming here.

Inon Liran, 25, who lives in a kibbutz, used to be a professional musician, playing the cello inn an orchestra, but now he studies for a degree in computer science. He tells everyone he has executed a ‘non-serious squeeze’, but no one seems to understand what this means.

Aran Varshavski, 25, is married, and works for a software start up. He has driven all the hotel staff crazy with providing him with Kosher food, because he cannot enjoy the cuisine here in Talya hotel.

The npc is Michael Barel, 30, working as a software engineer in a high-tech company. He played in the junior championship in 1994 in Arnhem, where three of the current juniors played in the schools team which won the bronze. (One of each partnership, Asaf, Ranny and Aran).


Board 5. IMPs. Dealer North. N-S vulnerable.
  ª A 9 5
© J 8 6 5
¨ 10 2
§ A 9 7 3
ª 10 8 6
© K Q 10 4 3 2
¨ 7 6
§ J 10
Bridge deal ª K 7 4
© 9 7
¨ A K J 9 5 4 3
§ 5
  ª Q J 3 2
© A
¨ Q 8
§ K Q 8 6 4 2


Table 1
West North East South
Helgemo Wenneberg Osbak Eliasson
Pass 1¨ 2§
Dbl Redbl 3¨ 3ª
Pass 4ª All Pass


Helgemo’s negative double could easily have steered the Swedes away from spades, but Eliasson decided to bring his four-card suit into the action on his second turn. Wenneberg, with two aces and a fit in both black suits, bravely bid the spade game


Helgemo led the heart king, and Eliasson immediately attacked trumps, crossing to the ace, and continuing the suit. B.G. Osbak rose with the king and led his last heart, but Eliasson pitched the diamond queen as Helgemo won with the queen.

He returned another heart to dummy’s jack, and Osbak ruffed and Eliasson overruffed. He drew the last trump and claimed with all good clubs, losing a diamond at the end. Plus 620


Table 2
West North East South
Kristrom Furunes Olofsson Aaseng
Pass 1¨ 2§
2© 3§ 4¨ All Pass


The bidding was too high when it got back to Lasse Aaseng. He liked his hand but didn’t feel he was good enough to go to 5} - which would have gone down one trick on two diamond losers and a spade. Bidding 4[ seemed far too great a gamble, so he passed. Jon-Egil Furunes, North, had good defence - two aces - and not enough to bid on to 5}, so he too passed.


After an opening spade lead to the ace and a spade continuation, Olofsson had to go down one, losing two spades, a club and a heart. Minus 50. But that still represented an 11-IMP gain in a match that was won by a single IMP.


Nineteen nations still remain in the competition. The United States still has 11 teams in Regions 4, 5 and 6. The other countries remaining are Spain, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Ireland, Russia, Ukraine, Hungary, Romania, Israel, Denmark, Sweden, Canada, Argentina, New Zealand, China, Australia and Germany.


The tournament will climax with a final in Birmingham, Alabama, USA, on Thursday, November 16, 2000 which also will be the opening day of the American Contract Bridge League’s Fall North American Championships in Birmingham. Each team reaching the final will be awarded $5000.


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