Maurits van der Vlugt
On Friday afternoon the VuGraph match was between Hungary and The Netherlands. Gábor Winkler for Hungary is surely the biggest player of the championships, in the literal sense of the word. He showed not to be afraid of some self-mockery as he gave the VuGraph crowd a full view of his black T-shirt with the words "Mister XL" on it in very large print. Gábor showed that the XL does not only apply to his figure however:
Surprisingly the bidding was identical in both rooms:
North showing a weak (sic) hand with both majors and South bidding the obvious game. In the closed room, Schelte Wijma for the Netherlands quickly took care of this contract by leading the king of hearts, resulting in a swift one off. On VuGraph, West, Péter Trenka, decided to go passive and led a trump. After two rounds of those declarer, Simon de Wijs, took his extra chance by playing three rounds of diamonds. If these break a club is discarded on the thirteenth diamond and South exists in clubs to leave opponents to open up the heart suit. As it was, the diamonds did not break and declarer was left to his own devices to tackle the hearts. But not for long. On the third round of diamonds Gábor Winkler gave an Extra Large signal, discarding the ©10! This did not disturb the Dutch declarer too much, and although he probably would have guessed the heart position anyway with the help of East's take out double, he gratefully added 10 Extra Large IMPs to his scoresheet. After which The Netherlands went on to win the match 21-9.
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