December 2016 English Bridge
Gold Cup 2016 winners (from left to right)
Tom Hanlon, Boye Brogeland, Espen Erichsen, Simon Gillis, Espen Lindqvist, Zia Mahmood
Zia opted to respond 4™ rather than 3™ and won
the tK lead in the dummy. 'Small spade,' he said.
Leading towards the closed hand often causes a
problem. When Sally Brock played low, Zia won
with the ´Q and played a trump to the 10, South
winning and returning a trump.
One way home now is to lead the ®J. When South
covers, declarer ducks and South must then give a
trick in one or other black suit. In fact North had
signalled with the ´10 on the first round, so Zia
could simply lead to his ´9, setting up two club
At the other table West responded only 3™,
passed out, and went one down for a 10 IMP loss.
I will end with a great auction by Zia and Tom
Hanlon from the 7th set from the deal opposite.
Love All. Dealer South.
´ K 10 6 3
™ Q 10 2
t A 8 3
® Q 10 6
´ 7 5 4 ´ J 9 8
™ A 9 4 ™ 8 6 5
t K Q 9 7 t J 10 6 5 4
® A 9 7 ® 3 2
´ A Q 2
™ K J 7 3
® K J 8 5 4
West North East South
Brock Hanlon Myers Zia
Dble Rdble 1t 1™
Pass 2® Pass 3®
Pass 3t Pass 3´
Pass 5® All Pass
Zia had suggested 3-4-1-5 shape and Hanlon
leapt to the top contract of 5®. This made easily, for
the loss of two aces. At the other table Neil Rosen
(North) preferred 2NT over West's double, and was
raised to 3NT. A diamond lead put this two down
for a gain of 13 IMPs.
The Gillis team led by 95 IMPs with one 8-board
set to play and the match was conceded. Many
congratulations to the winners! r