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Ned Paul’s

Christmas Quiz


Entries must reach the Editor (23 Erleigh Road, Reading RG1 5LR or e-mail

not later than 4th January 2008. The first correct entry out of a hat will win a copy of Peter

Hasenson’s ‘British Bridge Almanack’; EBU vouchers to the value of £15 and £10 respectively

to second and third. Solutions and winners’ name in the February issue.

Q1. Bridge evolved from whist towards Bermuda Bowl first played and

the end of the nineteenth century. which nation was the first

In which year were the first Laws winner?

of Bridge published in England?

Q9. The Venice Cup, the Women’s

Q2. The modern version of bridge World Team Championship was

dates from 1925 when American first played in 1974. How many

tycoon Harold Stirling Vanderbilt times and in what years have Q16. How should you play this card

introduced a new scoring table British teams won? combination to ensure three

during a cruise from San Francisco tricks?

to New York. What was the name Q10. In the following auction South’s

of the ship on which Vanderbilt double is generally played for take-

sailed? out, showing support for the unbid AJ85

suits. N

Q3. The first international bridge match W



was held in 1930 when an Ame- West North East South

rican team captained by Ely Cul- 1♣ 1♠ Dble K942

bertson played an English team at

Almacks Club in London. The This is the ‘Negative’ or ‘Sputnik’

Americans won by 4835 total Double, so called because it was Q17. What is the score at duplicate for

points over 200 deals (no trumps introduced in the same year that 2♠ doubled plus two overtricks

declarations were worth 35 points Russia launched the first ever vulnerable?

a trick at the time). Who was the artificial satellite. In which year

English captain? was Sputnik 1 launched? Q18. Which famous British player was

the first woman World Bridge

Q4. The Acol system of bidding came Q11. The famous Blue Team, undefea- Federation Grand Master?

to prominence in England in the ted in World and European bridge

1930s. It was named by its founders from 1957 to 1969, represented Q19. Playing Roman Key-Card Black-

after a bridge club in the Acol which country? wood, what is the correct bid with

Road, Hampstead, in London. the following hand?

Who were the original four Acol Q12. The World Seniors Pairs was first

players? played in 1960. Who were the first West North East South

winners? 1♠ Pass 3♠ Pass

Q5. In which English county is the 4NT Pass ?

village of Acol? Q13. How many master points do you

need to become an EBU Premier

Q6. England hosted the European Regional Master? ♠ KQ53

Bridge Championships in 1933 ♥ J 10 7 6

but had to wait until after World Q14. Charles Anderson-Pelham, second ♦ A7

War II to win. In what year did Earl of Yarborough, was famous ♣ J87

England first win the European for offering £1000 to anyone who

Championships? held a thirteen-card hand with no

card higher than a nine – on Q20. The following quote is attributed

Q7. And when did England first win condition they paid him £1 each to which famous woman champ-

the Women’s European Champ- time they did not! What are the ion from a different sport?

ionships? true odds against holding a ‘Bridge is a lot more than just a

‘Yarborough’? card game. It is a cerebral sport.

Q8. The Bermuda Bowl is awarded for Bridge teaches you logic, reasoning,

the World Team Championship of Q15. In which EBU competition do quick thinking, patience, concentra-

bridge. In which year was the ‘honours’ count? tion and partnership skills.’ December 2007 English Bridge 7


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