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E/W Game. Dealer South.

´ A Q 7

™ A K Q 10 9

t 7 5

® A 10 7

´ 10 9 ´ J 6 3 2

™ 8 6 3 ™ 4

t 10 8 6 3 t A Q J 9 4

® Q J 4 2 ® 8 5 3

´ K 8 5 4

™ J 7 5 2

t K 2

® K 9 6

West North East South

Allerton Dhondy Jagger Callaghan

Pass

Pass 2NT Pass 3®

Pass 3™ Pass 4´

Pass 5® Pass 5t

Pass 6™ All Pass

3® was Puppet Stayman, asking initially for fivecard

majors. Dhondy showed five hearts and 4´

enquired for key-cards (Kickback Blackwood). 5®

showed four key-cards and Brian Callaghan's 5t

then located the ™Q.

Chris Jagger led the ®5 to the six, jack and ace.

Dhondy drew trumps in three rounds. What now?

If spades were 3-3, she could throw a diamond on

the fourth spade, return to her hand with a trump

and lead towards the tK. If this lost to the ace, she

could fall back on a finesse of the ®9. How ever,

Dhondy placed the ®Q with West, not ex pec ting

East to lead from ®Q-8-5 into a 2NT opener. She

therefore led a diamond to the king immediately.

When Jagger rose with the ace and played another

club, Dhondy rose with dummy's king and played

two more rounds of trumps. Jagger retained all his

spades, throwing diamonds. When the ace and

queen of spades dropped the 10-9 offside,

Restricted Choice (along with East's diamond

discards) strongly suggested that East held a spade

guard. Dhondy duly finessed the ´8 for +980.

At the other table Graham Osborne also opened

2NT on the North cards but Frances Hinden very

reasonably settled for 4™.

Meanwhile, the Allfrey team continued to do well.

This was their biggest Saturday firework, in the

match against Dunn:

Game All. Dealer West.

´ J

™ J 10 5 3 2

t A K 9 3 2

® 4 3

´ A K Q 9 6 ´ 8 5 3 2

™ 9 6 ™ K Q 8

t J 6 5 4 t Q 10

® J 9 ® Q 8 7 5

´ 10 7 4

™ A 7 4

t 8 7

® A K 10 6 2

West North East South

Robson Hydes Allfrey Ewart

1´ Pass 2™ Pass

2´ Dble Redble 3®

Pass Pass Dble Pass

Pass Redble All Pass

Four Hearts is a good and makeable contract on the

North-South cards. North's hearts were too weak

for a 2™ overcall and a vulnerable 2´ Michaels bid

would be a bit much. Alexander Allfrey's 2™ showed

a good raise to 2´ (2´ would have been weaker) and

Robson signed off in 2´.

Alex Hydes contested with a double and Allfrey

redoubled. David Ewart responded 3® and perhaps

Allfrey should have passed this. When he doubled,

this ran to North and he redoubled for rescue into

one of the red suits.

It was clear to South that the redouble was SOS.

However, he fancied his chances in 3® redoubled,

expecting North to have some sort of club support.

Robson led the ™9 to the ten, queen and ace. Declarer

gave up a spade and Robson played his remaining

heart, discarding a spade on the third round. When

East switched to a trump, declarer can escape for one

down by playing any card but the ®10. Still hoping to

make the contract, Ewart inserted the ten. West won

and returned a trump, which meant -1000 for two

down. At the other table, North-South were silent

and West failed by two tricks in 3´.

The final standings were: 1. Allfrey (Robson,

Bakhshi, McIntosh, Forrester, Gold) 293.79 VPs;

2. Dhondy (Callaghan, Brock, Myers, To) 243.24;

3. Fegarty (Curtis, Kendrick, Milman, Barden, Mestel)

202.87. The de Botton team (Erichsen, Malinowski,

Naqvi, Sandqvist, Townsend) won Division 2. r

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