As last year I played the pairs with Sam and then the teams partnering Jenny with Tim and Sam. We started off with a 5th place in the Friday afternoon teams, worth a small prize, and then scored about 45 VPs in the first three matches in the Swiss Teams.
Friday also saw our conquerors in the Gold Cup, McGinley, lose to de Botton in the quarter-final of the Gold Cup.
Saturday was the Swiss Pairs. Sam and I came 8th last year but could only manage 11th this time. Coincidently Tim and Jenny were on the same score as us at half time and at the end, but we always managed to avoid playing each other. Sam and I played reasonably well but could not get near the top of the field early enough ... perhaps we needed another couple of rounds!
Meanwhile de Botton and Collins were winning their semifinals and would meet in the 64-board final on Sunday.
After the bridge on Saturday we had a quick drink in the bar and then went to one of the parties happening around the place. Despite trying to leave around 2am, Fiona persuaded a number of us not to go and we continuing chatting until 4am ... including one of the de Botton team who would be playing later in the morning!
It was the continuation of Swiss Teams for us on Sunday. Three wins in the afternoon left us well positioning but a heavy defeat in the evening left us too much to do. We finished with two big wins and, if results went our way, could have won, but in the end we finished 3rd well behind the first two. But we'd have settled for that prior to the event.
The Gold Cup final had a tremendous finish. It was relatively close throughout and de Botton entered the final set about 15 IMPs up. But a few poor boards near the start meant it was down to 4 IMPs with 4 boards to play. In the end the match was settled by the play of a 2♣ contract and de Botton won by 1 IMP.
What about some hands? Well I find these weekends quite tiring and all the hands seem to collapse into a singularity, but these two seem to have escaped:
Your opening bid?
I passed and the auction continued ...
The other interesting hand was just an opening bid problem:
Your call at green (nv v vul)?