Team Wilkenson wins Australian Open by slimmest of margins

Yes! The team of Wilkinson pulled out from impending defeat in its last-round match against the Hans team in the recently concluded Australian Open Team Selection. In Round 5, the Wilkenson team led by 206 IMPS against Hans team with 194 IMPS.

Then the Hans team rallied and scored vital points in these boards:

2015 Australian Open Team Selection

Board 25              North






West                     East

Wilkenson                           Ware

♠942                      ♠J3

♥Q8743                                ♥KJ1065

♦73                         ♦Q83

♣Q92                     ♣843







West     North    East        South

                                Pass       Pass

Pass       2NT        Pass       3♥

Pass       3♠           Pass       3NT       

Pass       4♣          Pass       4♥

Pass       4NT        Pass       5♣

Pass       6♣


West     North    East        South

                                Pass       Pass

Pass       1♣          Pass       1♥

Pass       1NT        Pass       2♠

Pass       2NT        Pass       3♣

Pass       4♦           Pass       5♦

Pass       Pass       Pass

The slam which the Hans bid garnered them 12 IMPS.

Then another swing board for the Hans team on Board 22:

Board 22              North






West                                                     East

Wilkenson                                           Ware

♠107                                                      ♠J6

♥K83                                                      ♥Q942

♦K8763                                 ♦QJ6

♣983                                                      ♣A1064







West     North    East        South

                                                Pass       1♣

Pass       1♥                           Pass       1♠

Pass       4♠                           Pass       Pass


West     North    East        South

                                                Pass       1NT

Pass       2♠                           Pass       2♥

Pass       2♠                           Pass       3NT

Pass       Pass                       Pass

The decision of the Hans team to go on to four spade was right which netted tem another 12 IMPS. The Wilkenson team chose to play in three notrump, which went down on a diamond lead.

The final score: Wilkenson 234 against Hans 233. What an exciting finish. A win by one imp is a win nevertheless. That is why our captain in the international tournaments exhorted to be extra careful with every point which could mean a victory defeat.

Results Manila Peninsula on February 4, 2015


Mila Camus-Margaret Kowok


Justo Manlongat-Susan Kwee


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