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World Cup Bridge: High flying Bangladesh struggle in fourth day

At the end of day four, after 12 round of matches, Bangladesh are now 22nd in the 24-team tournament with 80.27 VPS

Update : 18 Sep 2019, 07:59 PM

After three days of success Bangladesh faced some harsh reality in the 44th Bermuda Bowl, also known as World Cup Bridge, as they lost all three games in the fourth day Wednesday in Wuhan, China. 

Bangladesh, who beat strong sides like Norway and India in the first three days, played the first session of day four against New Zealand and the men in red and green struggled to offer much competition. 

In the eighth board, in the open room, Moshiur Rahman and AHM Kamruzzaman went down by one in a 3NT contract but Zia ul Haque and Asifur Rahman Chowdhury failed to defend the opponents’ contract in the close room conceding 12 IMPS.

New Zealand earned another game swing in the 13th board and earned 10 more IMPS in the next board by getting 3 down in a 5clubs doubled contract of Moshiur before finishing the match with 54-14 IMPS (18.09-1.91 VPS).

Bangladesh’s woes worsened in the second match as they faced the heaviest defeat against the Netherlands, losing by 79-6 IMPs (20-00) VPS. 

Zia and his partner, Monirul Islam failed to make a 4h contract in the second board to hand the opponents 10 IMPS. 

In the sixth board, the Dutch pair in the open room successfully made a grand slam against Kamruzzaman and Asifur while Zia and Monirul bid only 6S resulting 13 IMPs to the men in orange. 

The experienced Dutch players kept on the pressure as Bangladesh capitulated and in the end the match ended as a one-sided affair. 

Bangladesh improved their performance against Canada but still it was not enough to save them from the blushes of a big defeat. 

Zia and Asifur failed to defend a 5H doubled contract conceding 650 points in the first board while Zaman and Moshiur could gain only 300 by doubling opponents at 5S in the close room to see Canada start with eight points. 

The north American side continued the tempo and in the end won the match by 47-12 IMPS (17.45-2.55 VPS).

At the end of day four, after 12 round of matches, Bangladesh are now 22nd in the 24-team tournament with 80.27 VPS.

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