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was right to keep them to myself. Surely our watch opponents bid uncontested to 7t, the queen to exploit the extra practical

men hadn’t bid slam? on an auction suggesting a big diamond chance that a defender may fail to cover

fit. If declarer has the ace of diamonds the with king-doubleton.

contract must fail on any lead, but what if Graham Osborne’s play on our final

Game All. Dealer East. it is in dummy? Perhaps if you lead a low deal owed nothing to good fortune:

´ K54 diamond the suit will be distributed as

™ J 10 9 3 below:

t AQ5 Love All. Dealer North.

® KJ6 A 10 9 x x x ´ Q 10 9 8 7

´ Q92 ´ A J 10 7 Dummy ™ A7

™ 862 N ™ K7 Declarer t A92

W E

t 10 9 3 S t J86 QJxx ® A 10 6

® 10 8 7 4 ® Q932 ´ 62 ´ KJ43

´ 863 Might declarer go up with the ace, trying ™ Q W

N

E

™ 8542

™ AQ54 to drop your partner’s singleton king? t KQJ76543 S t Void

t K742 Quite possibly. So a low trump it is, then – ® 87 ® KQ953

® A5 a cunning plan if ever there was! Sadly, the ´ A5

full deal looked like this: ™ K J 10 9 6 3

t 10 8

West North

East South ® J42

Small King E/W Game. Dealer South.

Pass 1™ ´ AK2

Pass 2NT1 Pass 3NT ™ KQ94 West North East South

Pass 4™ All Pass t A 10 9 6 2 Hinden Osborne

1 Game forcing with heart fit ® 2 1´ Pass 1NT

´ Q 10 3 ´ J9854 4t Pass Pass 4™

N

What really happened was this. Cameron ™ J73 W E

™ 10 8 5 All Pass

Small for Ewart elected somewhat un - t K73 S t J

fashionably to attack against this blind ® 8753 ® QJ64 The tK was led to the ace, ruffed, and a

auction with the two of spades, ducked to ´ 76 trump correctly returned. Osborne drew

the ten. At trick two Philip King switched ™ A62 three rounds of trumps discarding a dia-

to the seven of hearts (!) echoing Hall- t Q854 mond, and played ace and another spade to

berg’s three of diamonds a fortnight ® A K 10 9 the ten and jack. East returned the king of

before. Should declarer rely on the heart clubs hoping West had the jack but

finesse, or rise with the ace and rely on the Osborne played that card himself, ducked

club finesse to discard a spade? When the Declarer had no option but to run the lead in dummy and claimed, announcing the

club finesse lost, he was one down. round to his queen and make his grand ruffing spade finesse. How did declarer

Despite this setback Mossop prevailed slam. Left to his own devices he might know to play West for his actual shape,

19-11 in VPs to close the gap to 4 with have started with the ace, playing for rather than 3-1-8-1 including the king of

Hinden and fast-finishing Allfrey 14 VPs singleton king on his left; in theory it’s just spades? Answer: with a singleton club West

back in joint third. The penultimate match as good a chance as leading the queen would surely have led it at trick one.

between Mossop and Hinden featured more playing for singleton jack on his right. In Maximum wins for Hinden and Allfrey

deceptive defence. practice (some consolation for the open- and a small defeat for Ewart left all three

Holding tK-7-3 and not much else, you ing leader), I suspect he would have led teams with a chance of winning going into

the final round. Hinden beat Ewart 23-7 VP

but could Allfrey better that with a third

maximum of the weekend against Simon

Cope’s all but relegated team? No, they

couldn’t. Cope showed great pride in restric-

ting Allfrey to a small win and second place.

So Frances Hinden, Graham Osborne,

Jeffrey Allerton and Chris Jagger win the

Premier League and will represent England

in the 2013 European Champions Cup and

their choice of Camrose weekend. To Allfrey

the conso lation prize of the remaining

Photo: Simon Cochemé

Camrose weekend. Rosen (Neil Rosen,

Martin Jones, Michael Byrne and Duncan

Happer) took Division Two and will return

to the top flight in 2013 alongside runners-

up Penfold (Sandra Penfold, Nevena and

Division 1 winners (from the left) Jeffrey Allerton, Graham Osborne, Frances Hinden, Chris Jagger Brian Senior, and Alex Hydes). r

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