The first swing went to Penfold, but the and queen would fall together. When they
following board was the first of three which
were to prove very expensive for them:
did, he just had one further spade to lose.
At the other table, the bidding had
subsided in 3´ by West, which gave de 2013
Botton an 11 IMP swing. Another 19 IMPs
Game All. Dealer East. were to follow in the next two boards and THIS YEAR'S England vs Ireland
´ 9 de Botton went on to win by 16 IMPs. friendly international was a thorough-
™ J98 Congratulations to the four team members ly enjoyable event hosted by Bradford
t QJ82 featured here plus Janet de Botton and Bridge Club. Great credit must go to
® A K 10 5 4 Artur Malinowski. Elaine van Heel and her team of
´ KQJ52 ´ 843 helpers, who not only prepared all the
™ K7 W E
™ Q6 HHHHHH delicious food, but also arranged a
t A653 S t K 10 7 4 team of local hosts to provide the vis-
® 87 ® QJ92 The Spring Foursomes is of course more
itors with overnight accommodation.
´ A 10 7 6 than its main event for the Schapiro
™ A 10 5 4 3 2 Trophy, exciting though that is with its
t 9 unique double-elimination format.
® 63 A consolation event, the Punchbowl, is
open to teams eliminated before the
evening of the third day of play; it has a
West North East South round-robin qualifier followed by a mini
Karaivanov Sandqvist Trendafilov Burn knockout. If that is not enough to sustain
Pass Pass interest, there is a third, more relaxed,
1´ 2® 2´ 3™ event for the Hamilton Cup – a Swiss
Pass 4™ All Pass teams that takes place on the Bank Stuart Davies and George Bak
Holiday Monday. show off their commemorative bowls
David Burn elected to pass the South hand This year the Punchbowl went the
The event began in Dublin in 1993
in second seat since it was not suitable for north-of-England team of Alan and Kath
in the hope that it would lead to
a weak two, having four cards in the other Nelson, David Robinson and Jeff Smith.
major as well as two aces. This did not stop The Hamilton Cup was won on a split tie Ireland rejoining the Camrose series,
them from reaching a very thin vulnerable by the (mostly Scottish) team of Paul which they did in 1998. Nevertheless,
game, though. No lead defeats the Barton, Samantha Punch, Tim Rees and the friendly matches have continued
contract, but Burn had to play carefully to Brian Spears. as a unique format which currently
make it. The ´K lead was taken with the The event attracted a good number of brings club and county players, along
ace and a spade ruffed in dummy. Now the junior players. Pride of place went to the with officials from the two countries,
®A-K were followed by a third club, Scottish team of Philip Morrison, Frazer into contact with international
crucially discarding the diamond from Morgan, Philip Stephens and Alex Wilkin- bridge.
hand. This left Trendafilov on play as East. son who, despite losing a life in the first Peter Stocken, former EBU Chair-
Without any winning options, he tried a round (unsurprisingly given that they man, has been associated with the
low trump, but Burn rose with the ace, were playing the England Open team for event more or less from the outset,
ruffed one more spade, crossed back to the Bermuda Bowl), went on a winning while Philip Mason, Chairman of
hand by ruffing a diamond and led a low streak all the way to the quarter-finals
Yorkshire CBA, became involved in
trump, crossing his fingers that the king where they lost to Penfold. r
1996, when Bradford last hosted the
event, so it was fitting that they both
played in the England Officials team.
Peter was partnered by Sally Bugden,
EBU Chairman, while Philip played
with James Bugden.
As hosts, Yorkshire provided the
England County Team of Stuart
Davies, George Bak, Gill Copeland
and Steve Blackburn, and also the
Club team of Julia Staniforth, Gill
Photo: Gordon Rainsford
Woodcock, Judith Biles and Stephen
After a closely-fought match
England won by 372 to 348 VPs.
(With thanks to
the Yorks CBA website)
Punchbowl winners: from the left: Alan Nelson, Jeff Smith, Kath Nelson and David Robinson.
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