The first session of the final saw some of the leading French pairs playing each other. In Board 7 Colette Lise and José Damiani met Catherine Saul and Paul Chemla.
East chose the aggressive spade lead and West´s queen forced out North´s ace. Now Paul Chemla faced four losers and had to find a way to get rid of one. A good lead therefore was topped by North´s bold counter. Small club to the ace, club finesse and a spade loser on K. Touche!
In the next round the East/West pair moved one table up to meet Daniele Gaviard and Hervé Mouiel. After a few bids East found herself in a dangerous situation:
What would you have done now? Bid 4, 5, 5? None of that: East passed. North lost the obvious four tricks and went one down (-200). Opening the score sheet revealed that it seems to be good enough to have a plus score on your side. So far 6 -3 by East/West and 3x = by North/South had found their way on the paper. North´s KJxx might cause trouble in spade contracts, as East will be shortened in trumps and will try a losing club finesse. But what about 6? Unfortunately, we seem to have lost this suit sometime in the 90s.
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Pairs Final Session 2
Even Homer Nods by Marc Smith
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