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IN July, the Junior European Teams Championships

will be held in Tromsø, situated in the north of

Norway. The European Championships is the

pinnacle of the two-year cycle and will see England

fight it out against its bitterest rivals in a gruelling

20-board all-play-all round robin. The prize is a

spot in the World Championships and European

Medals and our Juniors will certainly be hoping to

compete for these.

The journey to this event has already begun and

the Juniors have been putting the hours in training

online, at the training weekends with guest speakers

such as Jon Cooke and David Burn and also playing

in events up and down the country. The following

hand is taken from the Premier League and sees our

Juniors battle it out against some of the best players

the country has to offer. Here is one of our most

promising young pairs, Freddie Illingworth and Ben

Norton, in action:

Love All. Dealer East. Teams.

´ 10 4 2

™ J 8

t A Q 5 3

® Q 5 3 2

´ A Q J ´ 7 6

™ 9 7 5 2 ™ A 10 3

t 8 2 t K 10 9 7 6

® K 8 6 4 ® J 10 7

´ K 9 8 5 3

™ K Q 6 4

t J 4

® A 9

West North East South

Illingworth Norton

Pass 1´

Pass 2´ All Pass

Freddie led the seven of hearts, declarer covering

with the jack and Ben winning the trick with the

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ace. Ben switched to a trump to Freddie's jack and

Freddie now correctly switched to the eight of dia monds

to Ben's king. A trump was returned and

Freddie was now able to win with the queen and

draw a third round of trumps. Now, when Freddie

exited with a diamond, declarer was condemned to

a club or a heart loser for one off. Note that any

other defence, such as a club switch by East at trick

two, will allow declarer to establish dummy's ®Q

for a diamond discard and make his contract. The

more vigilant of you will of course note that

declarer can make his contract if he does not cover

the opening lead with the jack.

Of all the players in the room, Freddie and Ben

were the only pair to set 2´ which was the contract

at nine out of ten tables! However, as I'm sure you

can all predict, the only pair not to be in 2´ were

team-mates who were sadly in 3´.

So, what next? The Juniors will be working hard,

playing more competitions within the country and

also across the Channel against our European rivals.

Next up will be the Peggy Bayer and Junior Camrose

against the Home Nations with England keen to

defend both of these titles from last year and,

following these, the White House competition

against countries from all over the world, held in

Amsterdam. Keep your eyes peeled for these results

and also for any Juniors you might be facing at your

next congress! r

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JUNIORS 5TH

IN CZECH REPUBLIC

AN England team were ifth in an international

event in Hluk, Czech Republic, which

inished on 30th November.

The team of Laura Covill, Stephen

Kennedy, Ben Norton and Freddie Illingworth

were competing in the Junior Team

Champion ships of the Czech Republic. They

were sixth in the initial Swiss Teams and then

won the play-off for ifth place.

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The Road to Tromsø- by Kyle Lam

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