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CLUB PLAYER’S Bridge People

BIDDING QUIZ

ON each of the following problems,

RINGING THE CHANGES

you are West. What should you bid

SOME people are quite happy to carry on exam, to become an International Bor-

with each hand on the given auction?

doing the same job throughout their life, deaux Educator). ‘These trips,’ says Phil,

Julian Pottage gives the correct

but Phil Cooke of Bath is not one of them! ‘are strenuous (very long days), but always

answers on page 33.

Originally an electronics graduate, Phil memorable.’

worked with the top experts in the field. A Phil also receives many invites to wine

career in high tech led to becoming Chair- tastings and seminars (100 wines per

Hand 1 W N E S man of the Research and Development session is not exceptional), which all led to

´A 1´ Pass Society, as well as lecturing at Sussex him founding a Wine Appreciation Circle

™A542 2t Pass 2´ Pass University. The latter and giving courses and

tAJ8763 ? led to developing three talks, as well as tastings,

®K 4 hobbies – rambling, to various charities,

cooking and bridge – clubs and societies. His

which helped change new career as a Wine

Phil’s life – twice! Expert is thriving and

Hand 2 W N E S He first combined his talks are very

´J9732 1® Pass cooking and bridge by popular, as they include

™Q2 1´ Pass 1NT Pass playing with friends guidance on how to

t A 10 2 ? after a meal, where good taste, insights into the

®8 6 4 wine enhanced the am- history of wine as well as

bience. However when, how it is produced, the

late in life, he met Sally, grape varieties, the wine

now his partner, they regions, and many other

Hand 3 W N E S decided to move to such topics. And they are

´K852 1NT Pass Bath, and Phil’s bridge, often accompanied by

™K86 ? honed by lessons with tastings of quality bread

tJ8732 the late Freddie North, together with his and cheeses!

®3 university career and dinner parties, all What about the bridge? ‘A lifetime of

came to an end. Phil had to start afresh. going up learning curves had proved

His first step, on Sally’s advice, was to addictive,’ says Phil, ‘and after I started

transform his appreciation of wine from a playing again I took up duplicate. If I get

Hand 4 W N E S hobby into a qualification. Phil obtained interested in something, I like to have a

´AJ9542 1™ Pass 1NT the Wine and Spirit Educational Trust level of knowledge to be able to have a

™86 ? Diploma in two years. This led to giving sensible discussion with an expert, so lots

t K 10 3 2 evening courses at the University of Bath, of reading. Sadly, it was too late in life to

®3 which were an instant success. He then become an expert player!’

became a member of the Association of Helping partner Sally to learn bridge led

Wine Educators (after passing another to the idea of teaching it, so after sitting

exam). This membership leads to invites more exams, Phil qualified as an EBUTA

Hand 5 W N E S from wine producers, so Phil has had teacher and opened his own bridge school.

´ 10 8 5 1™ Pass trade wine trips to Portugal, Spain, Italy, All this does not leave much time for

™9 1NT Pass 2® Pass Champagne, Burgundy, Loire, Beaujolais, rambling, but Phil likes to keep something

t K Q 10 9 5 3 ? and Bordeaux (this last led to another in reserve for the next stage in his life . . . r

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Hand 6 W N E S Large selection of bridge and golf gifts and accessories

´AJ3 1t Pass 1´

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