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April 2016 English Bridge

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West North East South

Burns Bakhshi Lindsay Forrester

Pass 1t Pass 1´

Pass 2´ Pass 2NT

Pass 4t Pass 6´

All Pass

move because he had already limited his hand with

2´. The slam was easily made and it was 13 IMPs to

England.

After a magnificent performance by our six

players, England was in first place on 85.35 VPs with

a record lead over the second team, on 48.47.

The second weekend was played at Llandrindod

Wells in Wales. The England team was David

Mossop & Alex Hydes, Jason & Justin Hackett,

David Price & Colin Simpson, npc Richard Fleet.

England opened the second weekend with an allout

assault against the Auld Enemy from north of

the border.

West North East South

Mossop Gordon Hydes Kane

Pass Pass

Pass 1™ Pass 2®

Pass 2t Pass 2NT

Pass 3t Pass 3™

Pass 3NT All Pass

This tricky deal provided England with one of

their four double-figure swings in the set.

With a combined 26 HCP and no 8-card fit,

reaching 3NT seems almost inevitable. David

Mossop opened the defence with a low spade lead to

his partner's nine and declarer's ten. Declarer

crossed to the ace of clubs, unblocking that suit, and

then tried a low heart towards his jack. Alex Hydes

won with the ™Q and tabled the ´Q,

simultaneously smothering dummy's jack and

skewering declarer's king. The defence scored four

spade tricks and two hearts to set the contract by

two, appearing to be a fairly normal result. But, on

the other table, Jason opted for the less aggressive

2™ preference with his second bid, leading to 4™.

East has an almost impossible lead problem. Even

with known diamond length on his right, Short did

not fancy a trump from A-Q-x and settled for a low

spade. In fact, only a club, a low diamond or the

queen of spades keeps the defence in the game.

Declarer played low from dummy and, when East

took his ace, Justin unblocked the jack from his

hand. Declarer won West's diamond return,

unblocked the club ace, took the spade finesse, and

discarded his three diamond losers on dummy's

black-suit winners. A diamond to the king returned

the lead to hand, and a heart towards dummy's jack

now ensured that the defence could only claim two

trump tricks. Ten tricks: +420 and 11 IMPs to

England.

Scotland rallied in the second half of the match,

halving the deficit, but that was still a 30 IMP win

for England, who were off and running again.

England won nine matches out of ten and the

final scores were:

Weekend 1 Weekend 2 Total

1st England 85.35 59.87 145.22

2nd Wales 43.81 62.11 105.92

3rd WBU 48.47 55.12 103.59

4th Ireland 46.19 54.79 100.98

5th Scotland 37.26 39.73 76.99

6th N Ireland 38.92 28.38 67.30 r

Game All. Dealer West

´ K 9 8 5

™ 4 3

t A K Q 10 3

® J 3

´ J 6 ´ 7 3

™ K Q J 5 ™ 10 8 7 6 2

t 6 5 t 9 8 7 4

® Q 10 9 7 6 ® K 2

´ A Q 10 4 2

™ A 9

t J 2

® A 8 5 4

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W E

S

Love All. Dealer East

´ J 7

™ K 9 6 5 4

t A K J 6 3

® A

´ A 8 6 4 3 ´ Q 9 5

™ 10 8 3 ™ A Q 2

t 4 2 t Q 9 7 5

® 10 7 6 ® 8 5 4

´ K 10 2

™ J 7

t 10 8

® K Q J 9 3 2

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W E

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