Zia   v/s   Hamman

The Macallan competition was played in London during January 1999, and carried a sizeable purse. All the "who's who in Bridge" were there. 16 pairs participated and the scoring was IMP. The result of each match were compared with the average of the 8 tables in play (the datum) and the resultant score was then converted to IMP's. In effect, your "partners" at the other table was the average of the 8 matches.

 

On day 1, Zia/Robson were pitted against Hamman/Soloway when this hand arose:

 

Board 12; Dealer West; N/S Vulnerable

    Robson
S- 93
H- KQJ10
D- A842
C- 1095
 
Hamman
S- 7
H- A8763
D- KQJ
C- Q743
  Soloway
S- KQ8654
H- 942
D- 75
C- 62
      Mahmood
S- AJ102
H- 5
D- 10963
C- AKJ8
West
Hamman
1 H-
2 C-
Pass
North
Robson
Pass
Pass
Pass
East
Soloway
1 S-
2 H-
Pass
South
Zia
Pass
Dble

 

Justin Hackett, playing with Nichola Smith had a similar auction save for the last double. Smith was -3, making two hearts, two diamonds, and a club.

 

What happened to Hamman?

 
Against Hamman, the defense was merciless. Robson led the trump king. Hamman won the second trump play and led a spade. Zia won the ace and returned a diamond to Robson's ace.

Robson cashed his two remaining trumps, and exited with a diamond. Hamman cashed the third diamond, and was forced to play a club from hand.

This Robson won cheaply with the nine and he pressed the fourth diamond. Zia made three more clubs for 4 down, 800, and a well-earned 11 IMP's.

For the record, Mahmood/Robson finished in 5th place with Hamman/Soloway close on 6th. What is funny is that both pairs shared the same spoils of 750!


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