30 English Bridge April 2016 www.ebu.co.uk
THE FIRST weekend of the 2016 Camrose took
place in the CityNorth Hotel near Dublin. The
England team was Michael Bell and David Gold,
Alexander Allfrey and Andrew Robson, David
Bakhshi and Tony Forrester, npc David Burn.
England's biggest IMP pick-up came during their
first encounter, against Wales:
West North East South
Plackett Gold Pownall Bell
Dble Redble 2® 2t
Pass 3® 3´ Pass
4´ 5t Pass Pass
5´ Dble All Pass
Bidding five-over-five is not often a winning
tactic, but Richard Plackett knew of a good fit in the
black suits and the vulnerability was in his favour. If
declarer can somehow divine the club position, he
can escape for two down (one down on a singleton
trump lead). What would happen?
Bell led the tK and Gold signalled with the tQ.
A heart to the ace and a low heart return forced
Mike Pownall to ruff. South's 2t, facing a redouble,
had announced a minimum (but shapely) hand, so
it was just about possible for declarer to read the
club position correctly. He finessed the ®Q,
however, losing to North's king. After ruffing the
heart return, he had to play a club to escape for
three down. When he preferred to cash the ´A first,
Gold was able to ruff the second round of clubs
with the ´J, draw East's last trump and score a heart
trick for +1100. How many IMPs would this bring
in? Let's see.
West North East South
Allfrey Richards Robson Pottage
1´ Dble 4´ Pass
Pass 5t 5´ Pass
Pass 6t All Pass
Bidding six-over-five when you have previously
stopped in five is not often a winning tactic. What
do you make of the 6t bid? Sometimes such a bid
can be justified by 'Well, we're not going to get rich
by defending a non-vulnerable 5´, so it may be
better to attempt a below-par vulnerable slam.'
Here, perhaps Richards may have expected a void
spade from his partner, particularly if he took
South's pass as forcing, encouraging him to bid on.
A spade lead went to the king and ace, the
defenders then claiming their club trick. Allfrey was
eventually squeezed in the majors for one down. 14
IMPs to England.
Right, let's enjoy some great bidding from
Bakhshi and Forrester, facing Northern Ireland.
Turning to the next hand, what action should
Forrester take when he receives a single raise in
spades? At the other table Rex Anderson bid just 4´.
Forrester asked for more information with a 2NT
relay. Bakhshi could have bid 4™ or 4® with 4-card
support and a singleton in the bid suit. His 4t
suggested no side-suit singleton but excellent
diamonds. He was happy to make such a forward
N/S Game. Dealer East
´ K J 7
™ A Q 7 4
t Q J 10 8 3
´ Q 10 8 6 3 ´ A 9 4 2
™ J 10 8 2 ™ 6
t 4 t 9
® A Q 2 ® J 10 9 6 5 4 3
™ K 9 5 3
t A K 7 6 5 2
® 8 7
Camrose Glory by David Bird
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