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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) April 2013 English Bridge 43


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