2010 Premier League
by Derek Patterson
THE Premier League has become one of Phil King led the ace of diamonds and con- by Michael Byrne and Mike Bell. Even so,
the most prestigious events in the bridge tinued with the eight of clubs. Erichsen it appeared that Rosen had finished one
calendar. With two divisions, each of eight realised that if he won in dummy and fol- VP short.
teams, this year’s competition attracted lowed with a low heart, he would be res- However, the Rosen team was requesting
most of the country’s top players, who tricted to two heart ruffs, spelling defeat a ruling. Byrne had gone down in 2´
would be vying not only for a highly- unless the ace of hearts came down in doubled after being cut off from dummy’s
coveted victory, but also for selection for three rounds. The bidding had made it winners. He felt that if he had been made
the 2011 English Camrose team. clear that the heart ace would be with West aware of the opponent’s possible distri-
After the first weekend in Solihull, the but how could he exploit this knowledge? butions, he would have made his contract.
Rosen team had established an early lead Courageously, relying on the club jack He called for the director! Dummy had
in Division One. This was due, in part, to being onside, he called for a low club from been dead but could a director’s ruling
a victory over the team led by Bernard dummy! This remarkable play allowed the give it the kiss of life and resurrect Rosen’s
Teltscher, a result which later proved to heart suit to be established by leading challenge?
be of great significance. Meanwhile, the towards the king. Bid boldly, play boldly! A split-ruling was enough for the Rosen
Fegarty team had risen to the top of Divi- Despite this board, the battle for the team to gain one VP. The scores were level
sion Two. Raymond Brock Trophy had become very and now the entire 2010 Premier League
By the end of the second weekend, the close. In the final round, Rosen played was decided by referring to the result of
early leaders had consolidated their posi- Crouch and with twenty boards to be the earlier Rosen – Teltscher match; Rosen
tions with the Rosen team extending its played, the provisional scores were: Crouch had won in dramatic fashion.
lead to 20 VPs. As the 2010 Premier League 126, Rosen 125, Teltscher 124. Warm congratulations to Neil Rosen,
bandwagon rolled into London, it seemed A very strong finish put Teltscher Martin Jones, Norman Selway, Espen
as though the leaders had merely to turn (Bernard Teltscher, Victor Silverstone, Erichsen, Michael Byrne and Mike Bell for
up to secure victory in their respective Tony Forrester, David Gold, David an excellent achievement and a hard-
divisions. Indeed, the Fegarty team did stroll Bakhshi and Tom Townsend) on 130 VPs. earned victory. Further congratulations to
to victory! However, in Division One a The hopes of the Crouch team (Peter Paul Fegarty, Catherine Curtis, Cath
defeat for Rosen gave the chasing pack Crouch, Derek Patterson, Glyn Liggins, Jagger, Sarah Teshome, Jonathon Mestel
hope. Willie Whittaker – defending champions) and Dave Kendrick for a superb perfor-
In match six, Espen Erichsen and were crushed by a late run of great results mance in Division Two. r
Norman Selway, playing for Rosen, starred
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