A big congratulation to the winners of the NAP
Jordan Cohen and Barry Senensky, representing District 2, were the winners of the North American Pairs.
Serensky and Cohen at the Memphis NABC
Cohen and Serensky just managed to qualify for the final when they had a poor evening session. But they really poured it on in the final. Jordan remembered something his father had told him; “Late in a matchpoint session pay attention to guys who are not in it any more.” He pointed out that they might not be concentrating and were more likely to give up some tricks. Jordan was able to got almost all the matchpoints on two boards in the same round from one such pair when he took advantage of small defensive errors to make extra tricks on squeezes!
On the first hand West opened a 12-14 notrump in fourth. Jordan South balanced 2♠ showing spades and a minor. East doubled and this was passed out
West got off to a good lead the ♠ J.Jordan won win the ♠ Q and played a diamond up to the king and continued diamonds. East won the ♦Q and played the ♠ A and another clearing the suit. Jordan continued with a diamond and West won and cashed the fourth diamond before switching to a heart. East played the ♥ Q and Jordan ducked. If East returns a club at this point the contract will be set. But East erred and made what seemed to be a reasonable return of another heart. This gave Jordan the opportuniity he needed. Jordan cashed the remaining spades and West was squeezed in clubs and hearts. 2♠x doubled and making.
On the next board believe it or not, Jordan was able to make an extra tricks (and a lot of matchpoints) when East once again made a small error and allowed Jordan to squeeze West in the same two suit.