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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

Pass 1t

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

Pass 1t

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

® K

´ 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

´ 5

™ K 9 5 3

t A K 7 6 5 2

® 8 7

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Camrose Glory by David Bird

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