Zimmerman team wins the Division National Open

The leading pair of this team are of course Fantoni-Nunes. I write now about the next pair of the team: Helness and Helgemo. Wikipedia provides us the highlights on the life of Tor Helnes:

“Tor Helness (born 25 July 1957 or 1958) is a Norwegian professional bridge player. He was a stalwart on Norway junior and open teams for thirty years before moving to Monaco. Through 2012 he was won four world championships in teams-of-four competition. As of June 2013 he ranks tenth among Open World Grand Masters and his regular partner Geir Helgemo ranks ninth.”

In the final match of the Zimmerman team against Soulet the pair Helness and Helgemo provided us an insight on how they reached their slam of six diamonds.

This was Board 5.                                                                             North






West                     East

Helgemo                              Helness

♠K1093                 ♠A8

♥K982                                   ♥QJ6

♦Q852                   ♦AJ974

♣7                          ♣AQ10



                                ♠ Q74




In  previous columns I had written about the difficulty to reach in a slam in the minors. The bidding by the East-West pair of Soulet went this way to a final contract of three notrump:


West     North    East        South

                Pass                       1♦           Pass

1♥           Pass                       2NT        Pass

3NT        Pass                       Pass       Pass


The bidding by Helness and Helgemo had a system where their three heart bid by Helgemo and then continued by him with bidding four diamonds. He by passed three notrump selected Helness to bid six diamonds.


West     North    East        South

                Pass       1♦           Pass

1♥           Pass       2NT        Pass

3♥*        Pass       3NT        Pass

4♦           Pass       6♦

Results of the Alejandro Duplicate Game on January 20, 2015.


Margaret Kwok-Joli Kansil

Sylvia Alejandro-Cherly Keay

Justo Manlongat-Winston Arpon


Manila Peninsula

on January 21, 2015


Justo Manlongat-Susan Kwee

Sylvia Alejandro-Margaret Kwok

Paul Potassy-Joli Kansil


Cambridge Club

on January 22, 2015


Susan Kwee-Barry Randle

Cora Rodriguez-Elie Esteban

Cheryl Keay-Sylvia Alejandro


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