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April 2016 English Bridge

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THE CHANNEL trophy competition was held in

December and it was the turn of the Dutch Bridge

Federation to host this annual meeting in Utrecht,

south of Amsterdam. Three parallel competitions

were run: U25s; U20s; and U25 women. Our juniors

faced experienced teams from France, Belgium and

the Netherlands. The competition was run as an

intense 18 board double round-robin over three

days with 63 boards to play on the middle day.

The U20s team dominated their competition

winning every match to storm to victory. Having

fallen behind against the French in the first half of

their match, they overturned a 15 IMP deficit to

beat their arch rivals. Four crushing victories

against the Belgians and the Dutch set up a deciding

replay against the French for the title. A narrow

victory resulted in a debut Channel Trophy victory

for all six players. Congratulations to Ben Norton &

Sam Behrens, Kripa Panchagnula & Jonathan Clark,

and Liam Sanderson & Daniel Winter with npc

Michael Byrne. Kripa and Jonathan made their

England debuts (and what better way to start than

with a win). Liam and Daniel both represented the

U15 team in the European Championships earlier

in the year and it is encouraging to see they handled

the transition to U20 so well.

The following hand is taken from the penultimate

match against the Dutch and features Ben and Sam

bidding to an excellent grand slam.

Sam and Ben play the increasingly common

method of 5-card majors and transfers over a

prepared club so 1™ showed four or more spades.

2NT showed values and nine cards in the black

suits: either six clubs and three spades or five clubs

and four spades. South now bid 3´ showing a game

forcing hand with five spades. Having shown

controls via 4® and 4™, North now pressed on to

ask for keycards and when South showed 0 or 3 with

5t, North enquired further for the queen of spades

with 5™. 5NT showed the queen but no outside

kings. Sensing a grand slam could be on the cards,

6® asked for a third round control in clubs. With

his doubleton club, South proceeded to bid the

excellent grand slam without hesitation for +1510.

When the Dutch stopped in only 6´, this was a

valuable 11 IMPs towards a 36 IMP victory.

The U25 Women fielded three young players -

Jasmine Bakhshi, Megan Jones and Liz Gahan -

who were the youngest ever to represent their

country. Helen Holmes was also making her debut.

The more experienced Katy Lee and Laura Covill

with npc Sarah O'Connor completed the team.

They finished third with two excellent victories.

Considering some of the team were more than 10

years below the age limit it was definitely a very

creditable performance. Congratulations to all.

The U25s were represented by Shivam Shah &

Freddie Illingworth; Alex Roberts & Ankush

Khandelwal; Toby Nonnenmacher & Michael

Alishaw with npc Alan Shillitoe. Despite securing an

early lead, they slipped to third place behind

France, the winners. r

U20s victorious by Kyle Lam

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