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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. June 2013 English Bridge 15


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