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Madala’s Grand Slam (but not a tennis one)

Posted on 27 September 2011

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 Brazilian Bridge Championship 2011-  Final 3rd Session – September 10, 2011. A Grand Slam,  but not a tennis one…  The four Major tennis tournaments, also called the Slams are the most important tennis events of the year in terms of world tour ranking points, tradition, prize-money awarded, strength and size of player field, and public attention. They are the: Australian Open, Roland Garros, Wimbledon, U.S. Open.

Currently, both the Australian Open and the US Open are played on hard courts, while the French Open is played on clay, and Wimbledon is played on grass. The “Grand Slam” is the winning of all four Major tournaments in a single calendar year; however, it has also been used for many years now to refer to any of the major tournaments. The term come from the bridge game and was applied to tennis for the first time in 1933. (Source: Wikipedia)

Agustín Madala play very good tennis, but not enough to win a Grand Slam, but talking about Bridge Slams, he almost never miss one.

Agustín added a new title to his already long list: the 2011 Brazilian Open Teams, playing with Diego Brenner and teammates: João de Deus Vaz da Silva Neto,  Mauricio Machado, Amilcar A. V. Botelho de Magalhães, Eduardo S.N.Barcellos. After winning the Round Robin, his team had to battle for 2 more days against the other 3 qualified teams to reach the Brasileirao 2011 and for sure this Bridge Grand Slam, that gave his team 16 IMPs, help them.

 Hand 12: Dealer West, N/S vulnerable

   Madala’s Table:

  1) Partner I have a one color hand, that plays at slam level

 2) I can help you in clubs

 3) OK, then choose between 6♠ or 7♣

  The other Table:

 In Madala´s table, the lead was the A, Brenner ruffed in dummy, played the J; West played small and Diego played his ♣K and continued with the ♣4, when East played a little club, he played the ♣9…LINE…trick… He continued with the ♣  and claimed…while Opps were asking for the Hawk-eye… A great bidding and play from Madala – Brenner.

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