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and on that basis East should play low on Gold’s Multi 2t showed a weak-two in a West North East South

the second round of diamonds. A further major, 22-24 balanced, or a strong-two in Phelan Forrester Reddan Gold

clue was that West would surely have bid a minor. 2´ was pass-or-correct and the 3™ Pass Pass Pass 2t

at some stage if his shape was 6-0-1-6 or response to Stayman denied a major. For- Pass 2´ Pass 2NT

similar. (At the other table, Jagger opened rester’s 5NT then asked partner to ‘pick a Pass 3t Pass 3™

1® on the West cards, the England pair slam’. Forrester judged that 6´ on a 4-3 fit Pass 4t Pass 4NT

eventually claiming +300 against 5™ would be a better contract than 6NT Pass 5´ Pass 7™

doubled for a 12-IMP swing.) The four North-South pairs in the other All Pass

England beat Northern Ireland (20-10), matches subsided in 3NT (making eleven

Scotland (16-14), Ireland (19-11), CBAI tricks three times and twelve tricks once). As before, Gold’s 2t was the Multi and

(22-8) and drew 15-15 with Wales. They Wilkinson and Stephens for Scotland, 2´ was pass-or-correct, facing a weak-

led the field with 92 VPs ahead of however, bid and made 6NT at the other two type. 3t was a transfer to hearts, 3™

Northern Ireland’s 87. table of this match. showing a heart fit, and 4t indicated

Forrester won the club lead and shortage. When RKCB located the ´A

The Second Weekend continued with the three top hearts, and the ™K-Q, Gold could count

throwing a diamond from dummy. A thirteen tricks if the club suit delivered

The second weekend was contested at the diamond to the ace was followed by the five tricks. If partner’s shape was 4-5-1-3,

City North Hotel in Meath. England fielded king of clubs, for a diamond discard, and there would be a good chance of this. If

Tony Forrester – David Gold, Alexander a club ruff. After a diamond to the king, instead partner’s shape was 5-5-1-2, the

Allfrey – Andrew Robson and David Forrester ruffed dummy’s last club with presence of the ®J or ®10 would

Bakhshi – Tom Townsend, who will be our the ´9, overruffed with the ´10. He ruffed enhance the prospects beyond that of a

representatives in the Bali Bermuda Bowl. the tQ with the ´J, leaving him with ´K 3-3 break. Bravely, Gold bid the grand

™9-8 opposite ´A-8-3 in the dummy. West slam!

held ´Q-7-5. Forrester cashed the ´K and

continued with a heart, ruffing with

dummy’s ´8. It had been a brilliant

dummy reversal followed by a trump

coup! The idea of leaving the play of the

trump suit until the very end is one that

the legendary Benito Garozzo sometimes

favoured.

England lost to Northern Ireland 14-16

but beat Wales 18-12 and Scotland 25-4 to

Tony Forrester

open a 17.5 VP lead over Ireland. An 8-22

David Gold

On the following deal, played against loss to Ireland reduced this lead to a wor-

Scotland, a somewhat unexpected contract rying 3.5 VPs and everything would With clubs 4-2, England supporters on

was reached. Forrester produced some depend on the final round. BBO feared the worst. However, when

magical card play to rescue the situation. Gold won the trump lead and played three

The Final Round more rounds of trumps . . . East discarded

a diamond and then (yes!) a club. Gold

E/W Game. Dealer North. Much as I would like to feature one of the scored five club tricks, gaining a big swing

´ A83 other England pairs on my last deal, I against 6™ at the other table, instead of

™ A7 really cannot omit this grand slam from losing a big swing.

t AK94 the final match against CBAI (the Ireland England went on to win this match by a

® AK76 2nd team). If you are English, sit back and massive 139 IMPs to 6 (25-0 in VPs).

´ Q 10 7 5 ´ 62 enjoy it! England scored 90 VPs on the second week-

™ J42 N ™ 10 6 5 end, leaving this combined result:

W E

t Q53 S t J62 England 182, Ireland 170.5, Northern

® 832 ® Q J 10 9 5 E/W Game. Dealer West. Ireland 161, Wales 146, Scotland 119,

´ KJ94 ´ A9865 CBAI 103. Many congratulations to our

™ KQ983 ™ K Q 10 7 3 two teams on this emphatic win! r

t 10 8 7 t 3

® 4 ® 65

´ J32 ´ Q4 LADY MILNE TRIALS

™ 942 N ™ 86

W E CONGRATULATIONS TO Jane Moore

West North East South t K 10 7 6 4 S t QJ982 and Gillian Fawcett on winning the

Spears Gold Barton Forrester ® J3 ® 10 8 7 4 Lady Milne Trials. They will be joined on

2t Pass 2´ ´ K 10 7 the England team in Scotland this

Pass 2NT Pass 3® ™ AJ5 month by Susanna Gross and Sally Brock,

Pass 3™ Pass 5NT t A5 Pauline Cohen and Lizzie Godfrey, who

Pass 6® Pass 6™ ® AKQ92 came respectively second and third.

Pass 6´ All Pass

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