April 2016 English Bridge
This was the full deal
N/S Game. Dealer South
´ K 9 6 2
™ K 2
t A J 9
® J 9 5 4
´ 8 ´ A J 10 7 5 3
™ 9 8 6 4 3 ™ 5
t 10 3 t K 8 7 6 2
® 10 7 6 3 2 ® 8
´ Q 4
™ A Q J 10 7
t Q 5 4
® A K Q
• Don't put all your eggs in one basket! This
contract will make if the diamond finesse
works, but discovering the distribution
affects the odds.
• There are times when the opponent's
bidding gives you the opportunity to give a
better definition than if they had remained
silent. A common case in point is when the
opponents intervene over one of a minor
with 1™. Now you can make a negative
double to show a four card spade suit, and
bid 1´ to show five or more. If they had
not intervened, your 1´ response would
have been four plus cards in the suit, so less
On this hand, the opponent's
intervention gives you a chance to show a
good five card suit since with most
ordinary shapes you would either pass or
double. Since there are many more times
when the opponents intervene and cause
us a headache in the process, we should
welcome those times when it works in our
favour and use it wisely. r
CHARLOTTE VINE - 1933-2016
Charlotte Vine, who has died aged 82, was
President of Middlesex County Bridge
Association from 2004 until her death.
Charlotte was born in London in 1933 but was
evacuated to Cirencester following the outbreak
of WWII. She went on to study at Wycombe
Abbey and then Birmingham University.
Unlike many woman of her age, Charlotte
always worked. She had a shop selling nursery
furniture and baby goods in Preston Road,
Wembley for many years and then worked at
Walls Ice Cream as a market researcher. Latterly,
until retirement, she worked in legal services.
A long standing member of the EBU, Charlotte
joined Pinner Bridge Club in October 1980 and
became a committee member in November 1998.
In 2000, she assumed the Chair. Charlotte served
as Chairman until April 2003 and remained on
the club's Tournament Committee until last year.
Charlotte won numerous club and county
events. She was always keen to encourage new
players and very often offered to play with them.
One such person wrote, on hearing of her
passing, 'She had a gift of explaining to the less
experienced, in the nicest possible way, how they
had completely messed up a hand.'
For her unstinting dedication to bridge at club
and county level, Charlotte was awarded an EBU
Dimmie Fleming Award in 2015.
Charlotte married Basil Vine in 1956. The
marriage was dissolved in 1981. She is survived by
her son Sid and daughter Terri. Another son,
Richard, predeceased her. r
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