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Camrose 2013 by David Bird

England Camrose Triumph!

ENGLAND FIELDED two very strong Murchan holding the singleton diamond Frances Hinden took advantage of a

teams for the 2013 Camrose championship. on lead. No, he led the ™K. That was defensive misjudgement on this deal

On the first weekend, played in January at twelve tricks and +1430. against Wales:

the La Mon Country Club in Belfast, we

were represented by Premier League win-

ners: Frances Hinden – Graham Osborne, E/W Game. Dealer West.

Jeffrey Allerton – Chris Jagger, with the ´ 83

addition of former world senior champions ™ A Q 10 5

David Price – Colin Simpson. t 10 8 6 5

® 10 5 4

´ 10 9 6 5 2 ´ AK74

™ Void N ™ 3

W E

t Q9 S t KJ7432

® AQJ862 ® K7

Chris Jagger

´ QJ

This was the auction at the other table: ™ KJ987642

t A

West North East South ® 93

Allerton Greenwood Jagger Anderson

3™ Dble 4™ 5™

Colin Simpson

Pass 5´ Pass 6´ West North East South

On this big deal from the match against All Pass Shields Osborne Kurbalija Hinden

Northern Ireland, both sides reached a Pass Pass 1t 4™

small slam in spades: Allerton bid a bold 3™, despite holding All Pass

only a six-card suit at Game All. Rex

Anderson could visualize a possible grand This was a disastrous auction for the Wales

Game All. Dealer West. slam and opened his account with a cue- pair, who allowed 4™ to play when they

´ QJ96 bid of 5™. This left Jagger on lead against had twelve tricks available in either black

™ 7 the eventual spade slam. You might think suit. Worse was to follow. Patrick Shields

t KQ54 this made it more difficult to find the led the tQ, won with the bare ace. Hinden

® A Q 10 8 diamond ruff. Jagger reasoned that a crossed to dummy with a trump and led

´ 32 ´ 5 player who pre-empts at the three-level the t6. Which card should East play on

™ K Q J 10 9 8 N ™ 652 nearly always holds a singleton in his this trick, would you say?

W E

t 9 S t A 10 6 3 2 hand. This was unlikely to be in trumps, Worried that declarer might hold the

® J752 ® 9643 since Jagger held only one trump. Perhaps missing t9, Filip Kurbalija played the tJ.

´ A K 10 8 7 4 it was in diamonds! He led ace and Curtains! Hinden ruffed in her hand,

™ A43 another diamond, giving England a swing delighted to see the t9 fall from West. She

t J87 of 17 IMPs. returned to dummy with a trump and led

® K the t10, covered by the tK and ruffed. A

third trump entry to dummy allowed her

to discard a black-suit loser on the

West North East South established t8 and the game was made.

Murchan Price Burns Simpson Excellent.

2™ Dble 3™ 6´ South was known to hold eight hearts to

All Pass West’s none. After one round of dia-

monds, this left her with four vacant

Simpson, who rarely uses two bids when places for the t9 compared with West’s

one will do, leapt straight to 6´. England twelve vacant places. The odds were

supporters feared the worst, with John Frances Hinden therefore ‘3-to-1 on’ that West held the t9

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