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2011 Toronto Spingold 2011 – Round of 32: A close match

Posted on 30 July 2011

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2011 Toronto Spingold – Round of 32. This year the Spingold 2011, received two South American teams, one of them was an Argentine-Brazilian Team, the Ventin Team: Juan Carlos Ventin, Pablo Lambardi, Joaopaulo Campos; Miguel Villas-Boas; Alejandro Bianchedi – Ernesto Muzzio. And Alejandro Bianchedi told us this story…


Ventin-Zimmerman Round of 32: Spingold 2011. In the first set of the Round of 32, in one table, were playing: Alejandro Bianchedi – Ernesto Muzzio vs. Tor Helness – Geir Helgemo.  

Hand 1: Bianchedi doubled for take out, 2♣… Muzzio pass to penalize…Final Contract: 2♣ doubled, Helgemo went 4 down…vulnerable… 1100.

Hand2: Bianchedi became declarer of a 4♠ contract, a bad trump distribution…3 down.

Hand 3: Helgemo plays 1NT…4 down.

Hand 4: Bianchedi once again becomes declarer, now in 4♠, trumps are 5-1…1 down.

Hand 5: Muzzio is now declarer of a 4 contract, he finds out, he has 3 inevitable losers (AKA) and Qxx  is OFF…1 down. 

At this point the whole table started laughing … 5 hands … 13 penalties … the only hope was Helness…he was still undefeated… just because he had not even touched the cards… but the story did not ended here …

Hand 6: 3NT by Helness… 2 down…Welcome to the club… salute him; Bianchedi…

Hand 7: Bianchedi, received a balanced 18 HCP, opened 1NT (very cautious…indeed). Helgemo end up playing: 3; 3 down… 

Geir was improving his average…11 penalties in 4 hands… 

Hand 8: Muzzio, ended the spell with a 2♣ contract…Opponents and partner congratulate him: Well Done!! A water toast! The match continued, again Bianchedi went down in 4♠, but in the next hand the Monaco pair arrived to an excellent contract…

How do you play 7 by South?


Helgemo took the trick with dummy’s A, continued with Q, J, A, a little one. Now another heart, but Muzzio ruffed with the 8, declarer played the 10… a diamond won in hand (diamond was 4-1), one down…

To win the hand, Helgemo has to play a little diamond from dummy at trick 1, winning with the 5… or the 7 from dummy… Bad luck…NO? In the other room, Ventin – Lambardi in a complicated contested bidding, played 6 scoring 1370, 16 IMPs for the south Americans who won the set by  23…they won 16 more in the second set, but loose 25 in the third and 26 en the fourth set…a total of 12 IMPs difference for Monaco…Really, a close match…



by Alejandro Bianchedi, Ana Roth & Fernando Lema

The picture of Alejandro Bianchedi – Ernesto Muzzio is by Catalina Robles, whom we thank a lot.

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