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World Cup Bridge: Bangladesh defeat Morocco, fight with England

  • Published at 11:35 pm September 21st, 2019

Bangladesh got six IMPs in the very first board thanks to gaining part scores in both the tables as they made 3H in open room and 3D in the close room

Bangladesh won another match in the 44th Bermuda Bowl, also known as World Cup Bridge, as they beat Morocco in Wuhan, China Saturday. 

The win against Morocco, which is the only other amateur side other than Bangladesh, was expected but the men in red and green also made a valiant fight against title contender England and lost to Sweden, currently the second place holder in the same day. 

Bangladesh got six IMPs in the very first board thanks to gaining part scores in both the tables as they made 3H in open room and 3D in the close room. 

Another six points were earned in the fourth board, where Bangladesh set the opponents 2NT contract by one in the open room and made 2S with an overtrick in the closed room. 

Bangladesh earned a game swing of 12 IMPS in the next board as they set 5S contract in the open room by three and made 4H with an OT in the closed room on the both non-vulnerable situation. 

However, Bangladesh lost some IMPS in the last three boards that reduced the difference to 30-25IMPS as Bangladesh won by 11.48-8.52 VPS though they expected a bigger win. 

Earlier in the day in the first session, Bangladesh made a good fight against the strong England outfits. 

Although the Englishmen took an early lead thanks to a successful 6D contract in vulnerable against 3NT in the third board and continued earning some part scores but Bangladesh regained some ground in the later stage. 

Asifur Rahman Chowdhury, sitting north in the closed room partnering Moshiur Rahman, made a brilliant hand play to make a 3NT contract in 13th board while Shah Zia ul Haque and Rashedul Ahsan defended the contract before making a 5D contract in the next board. 

In the end though, Bangladesh lost by 41-25 IMPS (14.18-5.82 VPS). 

In the second session, Sweden were proved too strong against Bangladesh as the European side, which have now 296.28 VPs, just fraction short of top side USA 1 (296.94 VPS), beat them by 46-8 IMPs (17.85-2.15 VPs).

After 21 games Bangladesh have accumulated 121.67 VPs to be placed 22nd place in the 24-team event.

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