This was the last board from Round 7 in Tenerife:
Board 20, West dealer, both vul
7 6 4 3 9 5 A 8 J 10 7 5 3 K Q 10 5 2 A J 8 A J 8 6 3 2 J 9 6 3 K Q 10 7 5 9 4 2 --- 9 K Q 10 7 4 4 2 A K Q 8 6Bulgaria demolished Spain by 63 to 6, but neither EW pair will be proud of their performance on this board.
West North East South pass pass 1H 2C 2S 3C 4S pass pass 5C pass pass dbl all pass(Similar auction at the other table).
E-W can make either 5D or 5S, and it takes a difficult 9S lead to beat 6D [it was bid twice and made twice at other tables] but at both tables they elected to double 5C. Were they too Law-abiding?
Insult was added to injury when they both found the defence to let 5Cx make! Both Wests led the ace of hearts and then, despite seeing dummy, switched to... a diamond. Declarer drew trumps, discarded his diamond loser on a heart and claimed 750. He must have been sorely disappointed when he learned later that this was only worth a push.
In the France vs Netherlands match, the board was almost passed at the one-level! East opened 1H, Quantin as South did not overcall 2C (probably put off by his heart strength), West replied 1S and both North and East passed... but obviously South bid 2C in the passout seat. This propelled the auction to 4S but N-S saved the day by going to 5C. Even if the Dutch did beat 5C doubled by one trick, they had lost the board on the bidding (as it so often happens) because at the other table the French were allowed to play 4S.
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