BUDAPEST TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP - WEEK 8

When team GALIM is playing against team GAMAX, it’s something that most of the Hungarian players want to see. This was one of the matches that everyone could follow on our vugraph site this week in the Budapest Teams Championship. GAMAX won this time, but they are still only on the fifth place on the leaderboard since they postponed one of their earlier matches.

The playoffs have started in the I/B division, team ECOSOFT has the most points in the Major Group, they still lost none of their matches. Team LEÓ won 20 VPs this week and with this result, they are leading the Minor group.

Board 19 was a special one in the I/A division: at one table we can see a beautiful defense, at another there is a nice squeeze by declarer.
Let’s see the declarer play first. Csaba Konkoly should have gone down in 4♠, losing a club, a spade and two diamond tricks. After North took the trick with the jack of spades, he could have played his last spade and then declarer has no chance to make the contract, but he rather played his club in hopes of a ruff. Little did he know that Konkoly also had a singleton. Ruffing the next club in his hand, declarer took the king of hearts, ruffed his small heart and played the last two spades from dummy.
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South could spare a club on the first one, but after the second he found himself squeezed between diamonds and clubs. As he gave up the diamonds Konkoly won the last trick with the seven of diamonds winning a beer from his partner.
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Let’s see the declarer play first. Csaba Konkoly should have gone down in 4♠, losing a club, a spade and two diamond tricks. After North took the trick with the jack of spades, he could have played his last spade and then declarer has no chance to make the contract, but he rather played his club in hopes of a ruff. Little did he know that Konkoly also had a singleton. Ruffing the next club in his hand, declarer took the king of hearts, ruffed his small heart and played the last two spades from dummy.
He then took his high club and played a small one. East now only had to guess the spades right to make the contract. László Szilágyi knew this as well and he overruffed dummies eight with his king(!). He deceived declarer to think South has the jack of spades and alas, he tried to finesse it.
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