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THE 33rd bridge encounter between the 020 8661 8866

two Houses of Parliament took place, once A competition you can all enter

again, at the sumptuous premises of the

Crockford’s Club in London W1. It was TAKE A look at the play situation below

sponsored by Stephen Perry of London and give your answer. Please include a

Export, and run by the EBU with assistance brief explanation of your reasoning.

from Andrew Robson, resplendent in a There are three categories in our comp-

black suit, sandals and no socks. etition: for players up to and including

The running score being 16 all, both County Masters; for those up to and

teams were determined to prevail. including Regional Master; and for those

The 2007 Lords v Commons match, with higher ranking.

played as a Teams of Eight with aggre-

gate scoring, started off with the Commons

in a frisky mood: they amassed 1480 points This twin-pack of charming playing

♠ 8 cards (‘In Bloom – Poppy and Rose’) is

over the first seven boards, and were well

♥ 8764 the prize on offer as we start a new

pleased with themselves. Traditionally, the

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Lords make their come-back in the second

♣ KQ5 PIATNIK is giving a prize for each of

half of the match, after the lunch break – the three winners.

when members of the Lower House N

perhaps enjoy their wine more than their W E


Upper counterparts. This year, however,

the Lords staged an onslaught as from playing cards now on sale online.

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Board 8, and eventually run away the For more information visit

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winners with a net score of 4820 points.

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The match is always played in the

♣ J 10 3 Entries to Julian Pottage, 17 Beach

friendliest of spirits and calls for the

Director are unheard of. Few of the Road, Porthcawl CF36 5NH, or e-mail Entries

competitors are familiar with duplicate

must arrive by August 20.

bridge practice – and some don’t have Please indicate on the top left-hand

West North East South

much experience at rubber bridge either! 1♠ corner of the envelope, or in the e-

Most of them, though, are endearingly Pass 2♦ Pass 2NT mail subject line, the category for

conscious of the fact that they would not Pass 3NT All Pass which you are entering. Julian Pottage

stand much chance of representing the will judge the entries and the first

country at bridge, and often turn to the West leads the ♥3 and East plays the ♥K. correct answer drawn in each category

kibitzers for advice. One such occasion How do you set about the play? will win a prize.

was when two enterprising MPs bid to a

small slam and claimed twelve tricks at the

end of play. Their disconsolate opponents

turned to bridge writer David Bird, who

had been kibitzing, asking how they could

have beaten the contract. ‘But you have

beaten it!’ replied a perplexed David,

proceeding to demonstrate that only eleven

tricks had been made. Amid much

blushing and laughter, the correct result

was then recorded, contributing to the

Lords’ victory. (EJ)

The teams: COMMONS: Michael Mates

(Captain), Evan Harris, John Hemming,

Tony McWalter, John Marek, Nick Palmer,

Bridget Prentice and Robin Squire.

LORDS: (left to right in the picture):

Lord Harrison, Lord May, Lord Kalms,

Lady Billingham, Lord Baker, Lady

Henig, The Earl of Caithness and Lord

Skelmersdale (Captain). August 2007 English Bridge 23


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