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with the ™K, play the tJ to dummy's tQ. If East has

tK-x-x and holds up, you finesse the t8 and play

the tA. You can then reach dummy with a spade,

making an overtrick. To defeat the contract after

this start, East must win the first diamond and

switch to a club.

After the first weekend, Dhondy led on 85.61 VPs,

ahead of Crouch (71.53), Mossop (65.22) and Allfrey

(63.15). The Dhondy team contained Heather

Dhondy and Sally Brock, two big stars of the current

England women's team. At the time of this event,

these were the top world rankings for women:

1. Nicola Smith (England) 2992 MPs

2. Catherine D'Ovidio (France) 2919 MPs

3. Heather Dhondy (England) 2890 MPs

4. Sylvie Willard (France) 2859 MPs

5. Sally Brock (England) 2836 MPs

Since then Brock has moved up to second place,

behind Smith, thanks to their gold medal in Sanya.

Here is a big deal from the second weekend where

bold bidding by the Allfrey team was rewarded:

Love All. Dealer East.

´ Void

™ J 10 7

t K Q 8 7 6 4

® A K 10 8

´ A Q J 4 ´ 5 3 2

™ A 9 4 ™ K Q 8 6 5 3

t J 5 3 t 9

® 9 6 2 ® 7 4 3

´ K 10 9 8 7 6

™ 2

t A 10 2

® Q J 5

West North East South

Allerton Bakhshi Jagger McIntosh

2™ 2´

3™ 4t Pass 4™

Pass 6t Pass Pass

Dble All Pass

South had a moderate hand for his overcall and

many players would simply raise 4t to 5t.

McIntosh took the stronger action of cue-bidding

his heart control and David Bakhshi leapt to 6t.

Jeffrey Allerton made a Lightner double, asking for

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the lead of dummy's first-bid suit. East led the ´3 to

dummy's ´6 and West's revealing ´J. Bakhshi ruffed

and drew trumps in three rounds, ending in the

dummy. He then led the ´7, discarding a heart

when West declined to cover. (If West had covered,

two club entries remained to the dummy to set up

and enjoy the spade suit.) Bakhshi continued spades

and ended with a doubled overtrick for +1190.

West North East South

Forrester Hinden Gold Osborne

2t 2´

Pass 3t Pass 4t

Pass 5® Pass 5t

All Pass

David Gold opened with a multi 2t, Tony Forrester

maintaining a discreet silence, and it was simply too

difficult to reach the diamond slam. 13 IMPs

changed hands.

Allfrey won all his matches handsomely on the

second weekend, leaving these three teams in the

lead: Allfrey 158 VPs, Dhondy 154.84 VPs, Crouch

117.27 VPs.

The third weekend began with a clash of the two

leaders. The first board was an awful one for

Dhondy. Barry Myers and Sally Brock reached a club

slam with two aces missing. At the other table,

Forrester and Gold strayed into 5´ but Brian

Callaghan failed to deliver a club ruff that appeared

to be the only defensive chance. This set the tone

and Allfrey eventually won by 17.44 VPs to 2.56.

In the next match, vs Hinden, Heather Dhondy

read the cards well in this borderline slam:

Division 2 winners (from the left): Tom Townsend,

Nick Sandqvist, Janet de Botton, Artur Malinowski,

Waseem Naqvi (missing: Espen Erichsen).

Photo: Simon Cochemé

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