French Open Team Championship

Zimmerman won the 2014-2015 French Open Team Championship

The team captained by Pierre Zimmermann (with Frank Multon, Fulvio Fatoni, Claudio Nunes, Tor Helness, Geir Helgemo) won the 2014/2015 French Open Team Championship. Zimmermann defeated in the final match the team captained by Philippe Soulet (with Bernard Payen, Michel Lebel, Thierry de Sainte Marie, Erick Mauberquez, Christophe Oursel) by 252-116.

The final stage of the French Open Team Championship (Division Nationale Open Par Equipe) was held from January 24-25, 2015.



Sylgen 1 is my username on Bridge Base Online. My regular partner from England is Mike Swain and his username on BBO is golfermike.

Here is an interesting  hand:

Match 4706

Board 6                 North

Dlr: East                ♠9652




West                                     East

Sylgen 1                               Golfermike

♠108                                      ♠A73

♥AQ10843                           ♥6

♦A                                          ♦KQJ

♣KJ103                 ♣Q98752






West     North    East        South

Sylgen 1                               Golfermike

                                1♣          Dbl

1♥           Pass       2♣          Pass

6♣          Pass       Pass       Pass

After the opening bid by golfermike South doubled. I bid my heart suit. Golfermike rebids his clubs. I only have fourteen high cards points, but the Ace of diamonds singleton and the terrific club support I decided to bid the slam. Golfermike with excellent play made the contract.


Terrific defense against the grand slam in hearts

Match 5037

Board 3

Dlr: S                      North





West     East

Sylgen 1               Golfermike

♠J1060  ♠K9732

♥J86      ♥105

♦52         ♦Q108743

♣108752               ♣






West     North    East        South


Pass       1NT*     Pass       3♣

Pass       3♥           Pass       4♥

Pass       4NT        Pass       5♣

Pass       5♦           Pass       5♠

Pass       6♣          Pass       7♥

Pass       Pass       Dbl         Pass

Pass       Pass

The auction: after North asked for the keycards, North further asked if South had the queen of trumps and South said yes. South also assured of the clubs control after North six clubs bid. So South bid the grand slam in hearts. Then partner golfermike doubled the contract. Look at my hand sitting west. I had only two jacks. I reviewed the bidding. I concluded that with South had also the queen of trumps, it would not be right to make the safety play of leading trumps in a grand slam contract. So I decided to lead from spade holding: j106. Bingo! it was the lead golfermike was asking for. We had an excellent defense against the grand slam for down one.

Results of Alejandro Duplicate Game for January 27, 2015

Justo Manlongat-Winston Arpon

Sylvia Alejandro-Harumi Ieda

Hector Tarrazona-Abraham Rivera

Manila Peninsula on January 28, 2015

Justo Manlongat-Susan Kwee

Salma Lall-Nena Ramirez

Jopet Maliwat-Sylvia Alejandro

Cambridge Club on January 29, 2015

Abla Assad-Margaret Kwok

Cynthia De Guzman-Sylvia Saarde

Winston Arpon-Hector Tarrazona


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