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Netherlands-Israel EBTC Opatija 2014
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Here is a board-by-board breakdown of my observations from the video of the Netherlands-Israel match.

I decided to do this in the same format as Kit’s article. For obvious reasons I choose this match, as I was playing NS at the other table. Also: the very first video Boye presented in his video section was also the very first board of this match (6 with the finesse of the J). That board doesn’t feature in this article since they were declaring and this article is all about possible lead directing signals by board placements.

Out of 16 boards, FS were defending only 5 of them. That makes this a less suitable match then the Norway match, but suited my lazy inner self perfectly. About board placements: out of the 11 times they ended up declaring, Fisher took control of the tray/board 10 times and placed it in the middle. One time, board 7, it was Schwartz who picked up the board and put it in the middle.

The BBO records are available here

Updated: boards added for hands 1-15. 16 was unavailable

Verhees Jr
987
J109765
7
J104
Schwartz
4
KQ2
AQ1098
KQ96
Van Prooij
1063
84
J532
A732
Fisher
AKQJ52
A3
K64
85
W
N
E
S
 
1
P
1
P
2
P
2
P
3
P
4
P
4
P
4N
P
5
P
6
P
P
P
D
1
6 North
NS: 0 EW: 0
A
5
4
6
2
0
1
2
8
J
K
1
1
1
A
2
4
7
1
2
1
10
3
6
5
1
3
1
8
5
K
7
3
4
1
3
9
K
4
1
5
1
Q
J
2
6
1
6
1
7
 

Board 1: Fisher-Schwartz declare.

At 18:40 Fisher removes the tray, and places the board in the center of the table

Summary: No signal was given since F/S were declaring. (Running total: 0/0)

Verhees Jr
A9
3
AQ10763
9843
Schwartz
KQ54
95
954
KJ76
Van Prooij
J108732
A107
A1052
Fisher
6
KQJ8642
KJ82
Q
W
N
E
S
2
4
5
X
P
P
P
D
2
5X East
NS: 0 EW: 0
6
A
4
7
0
0
1
9
Q
8
2
1
1
1
6
2
Q
3
3
2
1
K
3
5
A
2
2
2
J
4
3
K
1
3
2
9
7
J
4
0
3
3
A
5
10
2
0
3
4
8
J
A
6
2
3
5
10
8
6
5
2
3
6
2
8
10

Board 2: East is declarer in 5x.

The bidding ends with the tray on Schwartz’ side of the screen. Fisher is on lead. Schwartz waits a while but ends up removing the tray and putting the board on his side of the screen at 26:10: a Club signal.

Fisher doesn’t lead his singleton Q of clubs, but leads top of his Heart sequence. At first glance you might expect North to signal for the Spade lead. The bidding however indicates that declarer holds 5+ and 4+. The 2 opening bid initially could have been just 6, but the 5 bid, combined with North’s Club holding makes sure declarer has 5+.

The lead you would want to signal for is Clubs.

Maybe signaling for trumps is rare, maybe Schwartz was contemplating the bidding which is why he took some time.

Fisher leads his singleton . Far from obvious lead. 

Summary: A Club signal was observed, and this hand would signal for Club. (Running Total 1/1)

Verhees Jr
87
AQ632
32
KJ93
Schwartz
KJ62
1054
K8
A874
Van Prooij
10954
KJ9
1076
Q106
Fisher
AQ3
87
AQJ954
52
W
N
E
S
1NT
P
3
P
3NT
P
P
P
D
3
3NT South
NS: 0 EW: 0
3
4
K
7
2
0
1
9
8
Q
5
0
0
2
A
10
J
2
0
0
3
2
4
6
4
0
0
4
6
5

Board 3: Fisher-Schwartz declare.

At 32:55 Fisher removes the tray, and places the board in the center of the table

Summary: No signal was given since F/S were declaring. (Running total: 1/1)

Verhees Jr
J
A3
KJ1098762
63
Schwartz
AKQ842
Q98654
8
Van Prooij
1097
1072
AQ43
Q102
Fisher
653
KJ
5
AKJ9754
W
N
E
S
4
4
5
6
P
P
7
X
P
P
P
D
4
7X West
NS: 0 EW: 0
K
7
6
J
1
1
0
8
10
J
6
3
2
0
2

Board 4: West is declarer in 7x.

The bidding ends with the tray at Fishers side of the screen.

At 37:55 Fisher removes the tray and puts the board on his side: a Club signal.

In the bidding Fisher jumped to 6 and now has a hand which would really want a club lead or switch.

Schwartz leads the obvious top Spade.

Summary: A Club signal was observed, and this hand would signal for Club. (Running Total 2/2)

Verhees Jr
K874
KJ8
AJ9
QJ4
Schwartz
J105
3
K10872
K1073
Van Prooij
A62
A109762
64
A5
Fisher
Q93
Q54
Q53
9862
W
N
E
S
P
1
P
2
P
2
P
2NT
P
3
P
4
P
P
P
D
5
4 East
NS: 0 EW: 0
9
Q
3
5
0
0
1
K
3
2
4
0
0
2
J
7
A
5
2
0
3
A
3
4
5
2
0
4
2
9
K
10
0
0
5
7
J
6
Q
3
1
5
6

Board 5: West is declarer in 4.

The bidding ends with the tray on Schwartz’ side of the screen.

At 42:45 the bidding finishes but Schwartz, the partner of the opening leader, leaves the board on the table. No preference.

Holding both minor Kings, he was unwilling to choose between them, although I guess you might still want to pick one to prevent a potential Spade lead from under the King. Because you would welcome a Spade lead from the Queen I guess No Preference is what you should signal.

Fisher leads a Club.

Summary: A No Preference signal was observed, and this hand could very well be signaling No Preference. (Running Total 3/3)

Verhees Jr
A1096
AQ2
Q96
854
Schwartz
4
KJ103
J754
AK109
Van Prooij
QJ73
876
A82
J32
Fisher
K852
954
K103
Q76
W
N
E
S
 
P
P
1
P
1
P
2
X
P
2N
P
3
P
P
P
D
6
3 North
NS: 0 EW: 0
Q
2
6
4
2
0
1
J
5
10
9
1
1
1
4
8
10
Q
0
1
2
5
A
2
6
1
2
2
J
2
3
6
1
3
2
5
A
K
9
2
3
3
3
8
9
10
1
4
3
K
3
7
4
1
5
3
7
6
K
8
0
5
4
A
3
7
Q
3
6
4
4
2
K
7
1
7
4
11

Board 6: Fisher-Schwartz declare.

At 46:15 Fisher removes the tray, and places the board in the center of the table

Summary: No signal was given since F/S were declaring. (Running total: 3/3)

Verhees Jr
Q1064
AJ
K54
8653
Schwartz
AK
108654
Q8
AKJ10
Van Prooij
5
Q932
AJ73
Q942
Fisher
J98732
K7
10962
7
W
N
E
S
P
P
1
P
1
P
2
P
2
P
P
P
D
7
2 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
5
A
2
7
1
1
0
K
4
7
3
1
2
0
J
9
K
6
1
3
0
8
3
2
K
0
3
1
4
K
5
2
1
4
1
Q
A
6
4
2
4
2
2
3
J
4
3
5
2
10
5
A
7
1
6
2
10
Q
7
8
3
7
2
9
A
5
J
2
7
3
10

Board 7: Fisher-Schwartz declare.

At 56:55 Schwartz removes the tray, and places the board in the center of the table

Summary: No signal was given since F/S were declaring. (Running total: 3/3)

Verhees Jr
KJ87
J94
J963
QJ
Schwartz
A104
3
AK542
10862
Van Prooij
95
K108752
8
AK95
Fisher
Q632
AQ6
Q107
743
W
N
E
S
 
P
1
1
X
1N
X
2
P
2
P
3
P
4
P
P
X
P
P
P
D
8
4X East
NS: 0 EW: 0
7
3
A
8
1
1
0
5
2
10
6
2
1
1
5
7
J
2
0
1
2
J
3
5
Q
3
2
2
2
J
A
5
1
3
2
5

Board 8: East is declarer in 4x

The bidding ends with the tray on Fishers side of the screen. He shoves the tray over. At 66:00 Schwartz removes the tray and puts the board in the center of the table: Diamond signal.

Schwartz opened the bidding with 1 and Fisher doubled the final 4 contract. With AK in Diamonds, North would prefer to get a Diamond lead. Not sure if you have to signal Diamonds to get it, but if you would signal for a suit, it would definitely be Diamonds.

Summary: A Diamond signal was observed, and this hand would signal Diamonds. (Running Total 4/4)

Verhees Jr
A652
632
Q874
93
Schwartz
KQ109
K108
A652
64
Van Prooij
J74
AJ97
1093
AJ2
Fisher
83
Q54
KJ
KQ10875
W
N
E
S
1
P
3
P
P
P
D
9
3 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
2
8
9
Q
3
1
0
3
2
K
7
1
2
0
4
2
K
3
3
3
0
J
4
A
3
1
4
0
6
A
5
9
2
4
1
9
K
8
2
3
5
1
Q
6
5
J
3
6
1
8
A
9
4
0
6
2
3
10
9

Board 9: Fisher-Schwartz declare.

At 77:30 Fisher removes the tray, and places the board in the center of the table

Summary: No signal was given since F/S were declaring. (Running total: 4/4)

Verhees Jr
J65
9765
107
AJ63
Schwartz
A10
J
KQJ9843
1085
Van Prooij
98432
Q2
A62
Q97
Fisher
KQ7
AK10843
5
K42
W
N
E
S
 
P
1
P
2
P
2
P
3
P
3
P
3
P
3N
P
P
P
D
10
3NT South
NS: 0 EW: 0
3
5
9
K
3
1
0
5
7
J
A
2
1
1
Q
2
6
8
2
1
2
7
4
J
10
0
1
3
A
3
4
3
0
1
4
9
J
6

Board 10: Fisher-Schwartz declare.

At 83:25 Fisher removes the tray, and places the board in the center of the table

Summary: No signal was given since F/S were declaring.(Running total: 4/4)

Verhees Jr
A10432
9765
97
J2
Schwartz
9765
82
43
AQ843
Van Prooij
KJ
AJ104
AJ86
765
Fisher
Q8
KQ3
KQ1052
K109
W
N
E
S
1NT
P
P
P
D
11
1NT South
NS: 0 EW: 0
3
5
K
8
2
0
1
J
Q
A
6
0
0
2
7
2
10
K
3
1
2
10
J
Q
7
1
2
2
3
6
Q
7
3
3
2
K
2
3
5
3
4
2
9
4
A
6
1
5
2
8
8
2
9
1
6
2
4
4
5
9
1
7
2
8
A
3
5
2
7
3
J
Q
6
4
3
8
3
11

Board 11: Fisher-Schwartz declare.

At 87:50 Fisher removes the tray, and places the board in the center of the table

Summary: No signal was given since F/S were declaring. (Running total: 4/4)

Verhees Jr
J6
J743
J93
AQ74
Schwartz
K942
AKQ8
AQ106
10
Van Prooij
8
1092
742
KJ9853
Fisher
AQ10753
65
K85
62
W
N
E
S
P
1
P
1
P
4
X
P
5
P
P
6
P
P
P
D
12
6 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
A
10
8
2
0
0
1
1

Board 12: Fisher-Schwartz declare.

At 98:25 Fisher removes the tray, and places the board in the center of the table

Summary: No signal was given since F/S were declaring. (Running total: 4/4)

Verhees Jr
Q105
A5
AJ2
KQ852
Schwartz
A7
Q1087
K1083
A73
Van Prooij
K42
9643
9
J10964
Fisher
J9863
KJ2
Q7654
W
N
E
S
 
1
P
1
1N
P
P
2
P
P
X
P
2N
P
3
P
P
P
D
13
3 East
NS: 0 EW: 0
5
A
3
9
0
0
1
K
A
4
7
1
1
1
K
9
6
2
2
1
2
J
6
2
3
2
1
3
6
4
Q
7
0
1
4
5
7
K
3
2
1
5
2
8
10
A
1
2
5
7

Board 13: East is declarer in 3.

At 104:40 the bidding finishes. The bidding ends with the tray on Fishers side of the screen. He shoves it over. Schwartz doesn’t remove the tray. No Preference.

The most difficult board of the set IMO. As North, what would you want partner to lead? You have honors in all suits, so maybe no preference is the way to go. I think I would have signaled for a Spade lead in order to maybe get a third round Spade ruff. Schwartz gives it some thought but ends up not giving a preference. Reasonable, but definitely not everybody’s choice I would think.

Summary: A No Preference signal was observed, and this hand could be signaling No Preference. Also Spade preference is reasonable, but since no preference is a reasonable option: I will add one to the running total. It seems that is how Kit also worked (correct me if I am wrong). (Running Total 5/5)

Verhees Jr
93
A6
53
10987632
Schwartz
A65
Q4
Q107642
54
Van Prooij
Q1087
10985
KJ98
Q
Fisher
KJ42
KJ732
A
AKJ
W
N
E
S
P
1
P
1NT
P
2
P
3
P
3NT
P
P
P
D
14
3NT North
NS: 0 EW: 0
8
A
3
4
3
1
0
2
6
Q
9
1
2
0
4
5
K
A
0
2
1
5
10
J
2
2
2
2
10
K
9
5
3
3
2
J
3
2
8
3
4
2
3
3
4
10
2
4
3
K
8

Board 14: Fisher-Schwartz declare.

At 109:35 Fisher removes the tray, and places the board in the center of the table

Summary: No signal was given since F/S were declaring. (Running total: 5/5)

Verhees Jr
AK
Q1083
106
KQ1032
Schwartz
843
AK7652
J83
A
Van Prooij
1097
J94
94
J9754
Fisher
QJ652
AKQ752
86
W
N
E
S
1
1NT
2
4
4
5
P
P
5
P
P
P
D
15
5 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
A
3
9
2
0
0
1
K
4
7
5
0
0
2
3
A
7
6
1
1
2
A
4
8
3
1
2
2
J
4
2
6
1
3
2
5

Board 15: Fisher-Schwartz declare.

At 122:50 the bidding finishes, but Fisher gets up from the table before removing the tray. It seems as if he is getting some water to clear his throat. At 123:20 he returns and at 123:50 he picks up the tray and places the board in the center of the table

Summary: No signal was given since F/S were declaring. (Running total: 5/5)

Board 16: Fisher-Schwartz declare.

At 127:45 Fisher removes the tray, and places the board in the center of the table

Summary: No signal was given since F/S were declaring. (Running total: 5/5)

 

Conclusion

Not as much work for me as for Kit. He provided the framework and on top of that, I only had 5 boards where Fisher-Schwartz were on lead. I hope this helps.

 

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