The French Ladies, i.e. the reigning champions of the Venice Cup, made a slow-ish start in Shangai, but they seem to get going. At Round 9 they trounced USA II, one of the main contenders, 25 to 0. One of their gains, Board 8, is a slight mystery to me.
-------- Brd 8 6 South AKQ8 None J84 QJT84 Cronier KQ8542 T9 75 J96432 QT6 952 32 96 Eythorsdot Pollack AJ73 T AK73 AK75 Willard W N E S ================ 1D 1S X P 2S P 3C P 4C P 4NT P 5D P 5NT P 6D P 7C P P P --------Efficient bidding led to the laydown slam. Nothing to remark here. The mystery was at the other table, where the Americans took 500... from 2S doubled! Unfortunately, gremlins were at work in Shangai, for the connection was lost during this board so the auction was not preserved. But when we peruse the scorecards from the other table, the mystery thickens, for we find the 2S contract quite often: in the Venice Cup, eight of the 22 N-S pairs let their opponents play 2S doubled for a meager 500!
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