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February 2015 English Bridge

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LEARNED QUOTATION

I WAS amused to read David

Burn's comment on classical

heroes returning home late

('Bandersnatching', December

2014). He must have heard the

same joke that my mother used

to tell over forty years ago: when

Odysseus returned after many

years away, his wife commented,

'Where have you been? Your

shepherd's pie's in the oven.'

Diana Beamish, Eynsford

IT'S A FUNNY OLD GAME

TONY Forrester's recent successes

have reminded me of an amus ing

happening at the July 2014

Seniors Congress, which we

heard the great man was going to

attend.

Playing in the teams event, my

team lost the first two matches

heavily and were then assigned

to the bottom table which was a

triad. On giving this news to my

team members, I was heard to

say: 'At least we won't have to

play Tony Forrester!'

As we moved to the triad,

coming from the other direction

were . . . Tony Forrester, Brian

Senior, Norman Selway and Nick

Irens - they had lost their first

two matches heavily, too!

George Pilcher, Deal

The Irens team were presumably

practising for the Teltscher Trophy

Trials which, with the addition of

David Kendrick, they won in

December 2014 in a closely-fought

contest - only 16 VPs covering all six

competing teams.

PERMITTED METHODS

I HAVE had an idea for a threelevel

continuation after a 1NT

opener.

I realise that a 4-4-4-1 idea

where you bid the short suit with

values for game already exists. I

was thinking that this could also

be used for a 5-4-3-1 or 5-4-4-0

hand where the five-card suit is a

minor. For example, partner

opens a weak 1NT and you hold:

´AJ10 ™ Q1096 t 2 ® KQJ74.

I would encourage a bid of 3t

here to show one of the hands

mentioned above.

Jonathan FeBland, by email

It's that time of year when gadgets

are at the forefront of budding

theorists' minds. Additions and

amendments to permitted methods

take effect from August 1st and

appli cations to change any thing

must be received by the L&E by the

end of February - see page 60.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

HAS English Bridge ever debated

the profile of teams entering

major teams events in England?

I appreciate that Bridge Great

Britain, not the EBU, run the

Gold Cup but is the decline in

the number of teams entering

that com pe tition repre sentative

of other knockout teams events?

According to my calculations,

there were 174 entries for the

Gold Cup in 2013, 164 entries for

2014 and 146 entries for 2015.

My feeling is that the success of

countries in sporting events is

helped greatly by widening the

pool of participants who play

against each other at a high level,

within their own country. Most

of the prestigious bridge tourna ments

around the world are

teams events and so should the

focus in England not be on in creasing

the numbers playing in

teams events played in England?

With this in mind, might the

Premier Leagues be extended? Of

course there would be significant

geographical problems in that

extension being nationwide to

Divisions 3, 4 etc. so might the

answer be region alisation at

lower levels, similar to the

football league structure?

John Hayton, Leeds

Ian Payn, Chair of the Tournament

Committee, replies: One of the pur poses

of the Premier League is to

select teams for the Camrose, and I

can't help but feel that the Selection

Committee (under whose aegis the

Premier League is run) would not be

keen on extending it to the extent

that it be came a nationwide league.

Intro ducing a different national

league, under the Tournament

Committee, is a possibility, and I'm

sure that a detailed proposal for

such would be carefully looked at. I

must admit to some surprise at

seeing that Mr Hayton hails from

Leeds: if ever there were an advert isement

for strong teams competi tions

within a county, Yorkshire

would be it: my TC colleague Phil

Mason tells me that there are eleven

(!) divisions in the Yorkshire League,

and that the county also takes part

in the Northern League, which has a

further three divisions. More power

to Yorkshire's elbow! r

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