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THE annual County Tournament Directors South is in 3NT. He has seven tricks.
training course takes place this year over Only the highlighted cards remain in
the weekend of September 22/23 and will play. At trick nine, the lead is in dummy
be held at the Hinckley Island Paramount and South calls for the ♦6 but dummy
Hotel, Hinckley, Leicestershire. It starts at plays ♥6. East plays the ♥Q, South the John Pain
2pm on Saturday afternoon and finishes at ♦J and West ♥5.
about 3.30pm on Sunday. East leads ♣10 for the next trick but
The County Course is open to previously declarer thinks it’s a lead out of turn and
qualified Club Directors who want to move calls the TD. How should the TD rule? When West doubles North shouts: ‘How
to the next level. You should have at least a could you? Your partner hesitated.’ West
year’s experience of directing at a club and calls the TD and says his partner did not
preferably some experience of working or Question 2 hesitate. North and South will argue that
helping out at a County event. Many people Board 16. E/W Game. Dealer West. there was an enormous hesitation. West
have their application endorsed by their ♠ A K Q 10 8 6 5 2 none at all. East will agree that he thought
County Association, who pay the fees in ♥532 a little but he is entitled to think, isn’t he.
return for doing some County work when ♦— The TD lets the auction continue:
they return clutching the coveted certificate ♣K7
saying they have passed. Top level partici- ♠973 ♠— West North East South
pants can pass with distinction. ♥KJ8 W
♥ A Q 10 9 7 Pass 4♠ Pass Pass
The course covers a number of areas. ♦KJ73 S ♦ A 10 8 6 Dble Pass 5♥ Pass
There is an assumption that participants have a ♣Q53 ♣A984 Pass 5♠ Dble All Pass
reasonable knowledge of basic book rulings ♠J4
so you should be able to deal with, for ex- ♥64 Result: 5♠ doubled –1. N/S –100. The TD
ample, a normal revoke easily. But you will ♦Q9542 is recalled and North wants to know what
be faced with more difficult judgement ♣ J 10 6 2 he is going to do about such behaviour.
situations: hesitations, unauthorised infor-
mation and misinformation, and you will The cost of the course is £150 which
learn how to deal with players who breach West North East South includes all course fees and materials, one
the Best Behaviour at Bridge code. You will Pass 4♠ Pass Pass night dinner, bed and breakfast, Sunday
also participate in a real appeal. Dble !!! sandwich lunch, plus tea and coffee.
The course is a mixture of table simul-
ations, lectures and written assessment
(some of which is done in advance).
Here are two questions from last year’s
course (answers: page 40). If you answer
correctly, the course might be right for you.
♠ 432 ♠ K J 10 8
♦ 10 7 5 S ♦ K8432
♣ AJ8 ♣ 10 9
♥ A J 10 9
♦ AJ THE MAN WHO FORGOT TO SWITCH OFF
♣ 5432 HIS MOBILE PHONE AT A BRIDGE TOURNAMENT
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