inserted the ten from Q-10-x on the first led a small trump and when the ten
round – an unlikely play. appeared, he rose with the ace and finessed
the nine on the way back, prepared to lose Terry Udall
Achieving the Impossible a trump provided they broke 3-2. When
East showed out, he tested the diamonds by Terry Udall died on 11th
playing the king and queen only and, when January 2013, aged 84. Terry joined
they too failed to break, most players would the West of england Bridge Club as a
have surrendered, knowing that if a heart young man. This started him on his
were ruffed, it would not be possible to bridge journey which led him, in
capture the queen of spades. 1963, to purchase the Wessex Bridge
But Besse was made of sterner stuff and Club which he ran for thirty-three
led a club from hand. West realised that a years. Over the years the club thrived
ruff would avail him nothing and so dis- and was for many years the largest
carded a heart. Next came the ™A-K and a club in dorset, indeed one of the
heart ruff in dummy and, with the king largest in the South West. It also had
Jean Besse most of the top players in the County.
now singleton, the queen of spades seemed
The position in trumps is very similar to a uncatchable. The ace of diamonds was It was Terry’s efforts, aided by his
hand played by Jean Besse in an earlier cashed and this ending reached: wife, Gigi, that gave the club its des-
European Championship and first reported erved excellent reputation; the club
by Carl Dickel: met six days a week, which meant
´ K that there was always bridge avail-
™ — able. Terry was recognised as the
N/S Game. Dealer East. t 7 most knowledgeable and respected
´ K932 ® 6 director in the area and the sessions
™ A2 ´ Q7 ´ — were always well organised and ran
t A743 ™ — N ™ J smoothly.
® AK6 t J
t — He played few National events yet
´ Q765 ´ 10 ® — ® QJ achieved the rank of 26 Star Premier
™ Q743 N ™ J 10 6 5 ´ J8 regional Master, being second in the
t J 10 8 2 S t 9 ™ — National list for this category.
® 9 ® Q J 10 8 7 4 3 t 6 He became interested in bridge
´ AJ84 ® — administration and especially with
™ K98 what was known in 1967 as the
t KQ65 Southern Counties association. This
® 52 A club was led and the diamond loser was was a grouping of the present
discarded. It mattered not whether East Counties of dorset, Hampshire and
continues with a club or heart, as Besse the Isle of Wight, Wiltshire and the
As South, Besse reached the good contract would ruff either card with the eight. West’s Channel Islands. By the early 1980s
of 6´ and received the lead of the nine of queen was trapped and once again Jean Terry was its representative to the
clubs, which he won with dummy’s ace. He Besse had achieved the impossible. r eBU and a member of the eBU laws
& ethics Committee. The growth of
the eBU meant that changes had to be
made to administration. among many
BRIDGE ENGLAND SIM PAIRS national changes, the Southern
Counties re-structured to evolve into
NATIONAL WINNERS its present form of four distinct asso-
ciations. Terry was there helping in
the formation of each.
He was dorset’s chairman from its
creation in 1987 until retiring in 2003.
In recognition of these many years of
devoted service, in 2005 Terry
received the eBU dimmie Fleming
award. This, he said, meant more to
him than any other bridge success.
after retiring, Terry continued play-
ing bridge, primarily with Gigi, and
was a regular face at the Bourne-
Tuesday 5th February winners (left), Ian Dalrymple and George Delafield from mouth and Poole Bridge Clubs.
Kingsbridge Regal Bridge Club, and Wednesday 6th winners, Anders Voge and Julian He will be sadly missed.
Cotton from Young Chelsea Bridge Club.
(Miles Cowling and Ron Heath)
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