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Matushko – Krasnosselski wins the Invitational pairs in Riga

Georgi Matushko and Mikhail Krasnosselski Riga Invites 2019Georgi Matushko together with Mikhael Krasnosselski from Russia won the Invitational pairs tournament in Jurmala, Latvia.

24 pairs played 7 rounds (4 boards in the round) and Russians with 72 IMPs were the best, second place went to Swedish-Danish combination of Peter Fredin and Henning Ostergaard with 47 IMPs and the 3rd place went to Latvian-German pair Janis Ilzins and Thomas Gotard with 37 IMPs.

Before the last round Russians were just 4 IMPs ahead of Jelena Alfejeva and Karlis Rubins from Latvia. Huge victory in last round was won in two boards: at first Latvians reached 6 which was down one on 4-1 trump distribution, two boards later Matushko found the defense of the year:

Bidding was easy: Rubins, sitting West, opened 1NT in the second seat, Alfejeva bid 4♣, showing both majors and Karlis ended playing 4♠. Matushko found the lead of A, took the trick and played a heart. Krasnosselski took heart queen and ace and gave a heart ruff – that was the setting trick and 10 IMPs for the Russian pair.


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