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REPORTS

England wins

Seniors Camrose

ahead of England 2

Colin Simpson business, picking up a game swing on this West’s double on the second round, when

exhibit, rotated for convenience: his partner could not dredge up a response

to the opening bid, is dangerous and quite

FOR the first time the Seniors Camrose, revealing. John Holland’s 3® bid was the

generously sponsored by Bernard Teltscher, Game All. Dealer West. equivalent of a limit raise with four

was held in Scotland. The Scottish Bridge ´ A765 trumps. He then accepted his partner’s

Union and, in particular, the Western ™ Q 10 6 5 long-suit trial bid of 3t because of his

District made a great success of hosting the t A3 suitable diamond holding.

event at the Ramada Hotel near Glasgow ® 954 The defence started with three rounds

Airport. ´ K ´ 843 of clubs and declarer ruffed the third

On paper the two strongest teams ™ AJ94 N ™ 832 round. He led the nine of trumps, which

W E

appeared to be England and the England 2 t J52 S t Q864 was covered and won in dummy (note

team led by the Patron. Sad to report, in ® A K 10 3 2 ® J76 declarer’s lead of the nine because when it

the first of the two fourteen-board matches ´ Q J 10 9 2 was covered he could be sure the spade

your correspondent, playing for England ™ K7 king was a singleton, whereas if he led the

2, had an awful ‘senior moment’, being t K 10 9 7 trump queen he would be none the wiser).

unable to add up the number of key cards ® Q8 Gunnar Hallberg had two possible plays

his side possessed and bidding an inele- to secure his contract, either ruffing two

gant grand slam, off a cashing ace. At least diamond losers in dummy or taking the

it provided some merriment for the packed West North East South finesse against the jack of hearts. He

Vu-graph audience and those watching Short Holland Paterson Hallberg reasoned that West’s double must show

on-line. 1® Pass Pass 1´ most of the outstanding honour cards and

In their first match against the ‘auld Dble 3® Pass 3t assumed that West was likely to have a

enemy’, England showed they meant Pass 4´ All Pass 1-4-4-4 shape, meaning that the fourth

round of diamonds would be overruffed.

As it happened, either play would have

succeeded; however, he correctly opted for

the finesse to secure his vulnerable game

against a rather wet part-score in the other

room.

At the end of three days of competitive

but extremely friendly bridge, the leaders

were England, well clear of England 2 in

second place. Congratulations to Patrick

Collins and Malcolm Lewis, Ross Harper

and Paul Hackett, Gunnar Hallberg and

John Holland of the successful England

team, but our thoughts must go to the

family and friends of Denis O’Donovan,

who was to be part of the team but passed

away suddenly in April.

Photo: Paul Scannell

Results 1. England 195 VPs; 2. England 2

The winning England Seniors team (from the left): John Holland, Malcolm Lewis, 177 VPs; 3. Republic of Ireland 154 VPs; 4.

Gunnar Hallberg, Patrick Collins, Ross Harper and Paul Hackett, wearing the team shirts Northern Ireland 148 VPs; 5. Scotland 144

provided by the Seniors’ sponsors, Pharon Independent Financial Advisers Ltd VPs; 6. Wales 79 VPs. r

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