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World Cup Bridge: Bangladesh beat Russia in fifth day

  • Published at 08:39 pm September 19th, 2019

Bangladesh had a horrible fourth day, when they conceded three heavy defeats, but the fatigued side made outstanding resurrection as they beat a strong Russia side in the first session of the fifth day

Bangladesh made a recovery after a devastating day in the 44th Bermuda Bowl, also known as Bridge World Cup, as they won one, lost one and offered a very good fight in the other one in the fifth day of the competition in Wuhan, China Thursday. 

Bangladesh had a horrible fourth day, when they conceded three heavy defeats, but the fatigued side made outstanding resurrection as they beat a strong Russia side in the first session of the fifth day.

In the second board, the Russian pair in the close room bid an ambitious slam in hearts but went down by one against Asifur Rahman Chowdhury and Monirul Islam that gave Bangladesh 13 IMPS as Shah Zia ul Haque and Rashedul Ahsan made 4spade with an overtrick in the open room.

Russians gained 10 IMPs in the fourth board but lost 13 in the next one as they went down by one, a doubled mini slam contact, and the men in red and green kept their composure to retain the advantage till the end as they clinched the match by 41-31 IMPS (12.8-7.2).

But the story for Bangladesh in the second round was different with mighty Poland taking a huge toll on them as they failed to gain even a single IMP in the 16-board match. 

Against Zia and Asif in the close room and AHM Kamruzzaman and Moshiur Rahman in close room, Polish team earned three game swings along with some part scores to end the one-sided affair as 51-0 IMPS (19.25-0.75 VPS). 

The result is disappointing but not unexpected as the Bangladeshi players, who play for passion and cannot afford to be full-time like professionals, ought to feel fatigued in the mega event that runs for several days and demand extreme level of mental and physical endurance from players. 

However, the men, who are hoisting the red and green flag with pride, made a valiant fight in the last session of the day and almost prevailed against strong USA 2 outfits. 

Kamruzzaman and Moshiur failed to bid a game in fourth board conceding 10 IMPS and a disastrous -1100 for getting down by four in a 4S doubled contact saw them giving away another 14 points in the ninth board. 

But the pair made games in 13th and 14th board while Zia and Arfiur defended well to help the side claw back but in the end the match ended with 46-41 IMPS as Bangladesh earned 8.52 VPS.

With those Bangladesh have now 102.34 VPS after 15 boards and are 22nd in the 24-board tournament.

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