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Where have all
the women gone . . . ?
I ALWAYS eagerly look forward to the a heart and a club. Declarer now cashes the
National Women’s Teams event, the ace of clubs, and exits in spades. West can
premier competition for women in this cash her three spades, but then must lead
country. It’s a chance to do away with the away from the king of hearts. Even now
men, and settle down to two and a half days declarer is not necessarily home, as she must Catherine Jagger
of competitive bridge at the comfortable guess to play West for the king rather than
Paramount Island Hotel in Hinckley. The the jack of hearts.
competition has an excellent teams format: This sort of play is known as a ‘strip takes some reading of the situation to be
this year, two round robins followed by 32- squeeze’, as you first squeeze West, then successful.
board knock-out matches, with a Swiss strip her exit cards, and finally throw her
Teams consolation event. in. It is most often used in 3NT when you Whitelaw Cup winners: Heather Dhondy,
This year was no exception, but where have eight tricks, but in order to set up a Nicola Smith, Michelle Brunner, Rhona Gol-
have all the women gone? The fifty teams ninth you would need to give up five tricks denfield, Sarah Teshome, Catherine Jagger.
that used to turn up only a few years ago to the defence. But, as we saw here, Swiss Teams winners: Sandy Davies, Carol
were down to seventeen. Come on, ladies – technique is not enough and it always Kelly, Pam Pearce, Lindsay Geddes.
it’s never too early to get your entry in for
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♥ Q 10 8 6 brief details of your reasoning.
♦ 10 9 4 There are three categories in our
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A spade went to the jack and was ducked.
Another spade was returned, which
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setting up the suit. Eventually West gained ♣ Q
the lead with the king of hearts and the Entries to Julian Pottage, 17 Beach
contract was one down. Road, Porthcawl CF36 5NH, or e-mail
Hand records are a wonderful thing; firstname.lastname@example.org. Entries West North East South
careful perusal revealed that nine tricks must arrive by December 20. 1NT1 2♠
were there to be made. The key play is at Pass 3♠ Pass 4♠
Please indicate on the top left-hand All Pass
trick one: if declarer takes the first spade in corner of the envelope, or in the e-mail 1
dummy and immediately drives out the ace subject line, the category for which you
of diamonds, then when a spade comes are entering. Julian Pottage will judge West leads the ♣10. East wins with the
back she can win and put West under some the entries and the first correct answer king and continues with the ace. What is
pressure. On the run of the diamond suit drawn in each category will win a prize. the best line for the contract?
West must keep her spades, and thus pitches
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