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A memorable hand 60th Birthday Anniversary
STONE Bridge Cub have been in
existence for the last sixty years and to
THE following deal occurred in the which appears in books on expert card show that they are still forward-
Carousel Cup in Amsterdam, the top play. Win the spade ace and advance the thinking they have just ordered a set of
invitational teams event where our Junior diamond nine. If it holds, draw trumps Bridgemates, the wireless electronic
and Under-20 teams had the opportunity and claim. If it loses, a heart can be ruffed scoring devices. This has been made
to test themselves against the best in in dummy and trumps drawn. possible with a donation of half the cost
Europe: The more difficult scenario is a club from Brewin Dolphin Securities of
lead, likely to be a singleton. Without Town Road, Hanley, Stoke on Trent.
seeing through the backs of the cards, a To celebrate all this the club invited
♠ A753 first round finesse against the jack of Andrew Robson to give two seminars,
♥ J7 diamonds is unlikely. The strange, but each attended by over eighty players.
♦ AK9 winning line is to win the club ace and The celebrations continued with the
♣ KJ62 return the queen. If West ruffs, there is club’s annual dinner the following day,
♠ 642 ♠ K Q J 10 9 plenty of time to test the diamonds and attended by one hundred and eighteen
♥ Q9862 N ♥ 10 3 ruff a heart for twelve tricks. Should West people. The guest speaker was Michael
♦ J742 S ♦ 3 refuse to ruff, it is a reasonable assumption Amos, the new EBU Youth Officer.
♣ 5 ♣ 10 9 7 4 3 that he is looking at a trump trick, so The club has almost one hundred and
♠ 8 revert to the diamond finesse. forty members and keeps that number
♥ AK54 Both the above plays appear to be partly through the teaching that takes
♦ Q 10 8 6 5 counter-intuitive, but they equally rely on place at the club for beginners and
♣ AQ8 retaining trump control: i.e. if a trump improvers, and partly through its web-
trick has to be lost, lose it early to avoid site, www.stonebridgeclub.co.uk, main-
problems later. tained by club member Brian Wiggins.
South deals and opens 1♦, and North Stone B.C. President, Kath Adams, has
responds 1♠. Playing a weak no-trump, Send us a good deal from actual play and been researching the minute books and
South should respond 1NT, the least of all if our judge, Colin Simpson (who has says the final word ought to go to Mr
evils. If, however, the strong no-trump is provided this month’s deal) likes it, we E.C. Parr who, in 1958, said: ‘The social
being used, then South’s next bid is very will publish it in this column. Entries by side has ever been this club’s strong point
difficult. 1NT is too weak and 2♥ is too e-mail to email@example.com and its friendly atmosphere the envy of
strong. 2♦ doesn’t feel right and 2 ♣ or by post to the Editor, 23 Erleigh Road, other bridge clubs for miles around.’
creates problems later. If the red suits Reading RG1 5LR.
break kindly, 7♦ makes easily; however, it
is hard enough to get to the small slam.
Perhaps North should respond 2 ♣, game
forcing, and South can bid out his shape
without the constraints of a reverse.
Romance across the table
IN June 2003 four players from the Peter-
Try covering the East-West hands and
borough Bridge Club, Richard Brewer, Mike
decide on the best line to make 6♦ on a
Kennedy, Marion and Trevor King went off
spade lead. In fact, it is the type of deal to play bridge at the Shrewsbury Congress.
Little did they know that after the Swiss
Teams life was going to change for one of
2007 3rd EUROPEAN them!
OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS: In the last but one round Trevor looked at
the team they had drawn, and said to Mike
ENGLAND’S ROLL OF HONOUR and Richard: ‘You’re going to enjoy playing
Mixed Teams (Gold): Heather and against these two women.’ One of them
Jeremy Dhondy (with Matilda and Lilo was Jurdy Pearce from Cardiff. Richard’s
Popilov of Israel; see article on page 7). team lost by 1 VP, but he got the girl!
Mixed Teams (Joint Bronze): Janet Jurdy moved to Peterborough a year later,
de Botton, Artur Malinowski, Nevena but on 10th June 2007 she returned to
Senior and Nick Sandqvist.
Cardiff with Richard for their wedding in the
Women’s Teams (Silver): Heather
fairy-tale setting of Castell Coch. Five bridge
Dhondy, Nicola Smith, Sandra Penfold,
Nevena Senior (with Israel’s Matilda clubs were represented: Cardiff, Rhiwbina,
Popilov). Orton, Peterborough and Kendal.
Open Pairs (Silver): Nick Sandqvist Richard and Jurdy now play most of their
and Artur Malinowski. bridge at Peterborough and Orton, but
Women Pairs (Silver): Nevena Senior also enjoy weekend congresses around
and Sandra Penfold. England and Wales. Richard and Jurdy Brewer on their wedding day
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