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England’s first medals

at the European

REPORTS

Open Championships

THE 3rd European Open Bridge Champ- One deal which contributed to the

ionships (‘Open’ in the sense that all events outcome was the following, where the

are transnational, so partners and team- Dhondys produced an effective auction:

mates can be from anywhere in the world)

took place in June in Antalya, Turkey, at

the beautiful ‘World of Wonders’ resort. E/W Game. Dealer North. Colin Simpson

The first event was the Mixed Teams, ♠986

contested by over seventy teams from ♥ J 10 8 5

twenty-four different countries. English ♦863 Against silent opponents, the Dhondys bid:

interest was held throughout and our first ♣963

medals were guaranteed when we had a ♠ AKJ ♠ 10 7 4 3 West East

semi-final line-up of Janet de Botton, ♥ AK94 N ♥— Jeremy Heather

W E

playing with Artur Malinowski, Nevena ♦ Q 10 5 4 S ♦AKJ 1♣

Senior and Nick Sandqvist, against ♣ A8 ♣KQJ754 1♥ 1♠

Heather and Jeremy Dhondy who had ♠Q52 2♦1 3NT

teamed up with Matilda and Lilo Poplilov ♥Q7632 4♣ 4♦2

from Israel. The match was tight through- ♦972 5♠3 7NT4

out with good aggressive bridge from both ♣ 10 2 All Pass

sides. 1

Fourth suit forcing

2

Cue-bid

3

Grand Slam Force for clubs

4

Expressing confidence!

ANOTHER UNIVERSITY EIGHTS RACE

The key to the auction was the jump to

3NT, which, since the 2♦ bid was not game-

forcing, showed extra values. When Jeremy

Dhondy bid 5♠, Heather was expected to

bid a grand slam if she held two top

honours in clubs – and she duly did! At the

other table, Nevena Senior and Nick Sand-

qvist bid to 6♣, making with an overtrick.

To the losing de Botton team the Bronze

Medal and for the Dhondys the opportu-

nity to try for Gold against the Russia

team. After an early lead for Dhondy, the

Russians fought back strongly but in a neck-

and-neck finish our team won after a

successful appeal. Incidentally, this is the

second time the Mixed Teams has been won

on an appeal, as well as being the second

time in the short history of the event that an

THE much publicised race on the Thames result for many years, and now the series English pair was part of the winning team.

is not the only exciting Oxbridge eights is 6-4 to Cambridge.

After the elation of our first medals, the

contest. One week after the boat race, Matches are played in a friendly fashion,

competition continued with Mixed Pairs

thirty-two Dark and Light Blues celebrated followed by dinner in a college, but

the 10th Annual Alumni Match in Trinity the bridge standard is high. Alumni followed by the Open, Ladies and Senior

College, Cambridge. Sixteen players from interested in playing should contact one or Teams and ended with the Open, Ladies

each university vied over 32 boards, the other of the two captains: John Robbins at and Senior Pairs. In the next edition there

result of two team-of-eight matches deter- johnrobbins@waitrose.com (Oxford) or will be an opportunity to give further

mining the final score. John Newman (Cambridge) at whatmore. coverage to our successes, but meanwhile

Cambridge won by 17 IMPs, the closest canisay@virgin. net turn to page 21 for news of all the English

Medals. Well done to all concerned.

www.ebu.co.uk August 2007 English Bridge 7

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