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2nd WORLD BRIDGE GAMES

Lavender Girls* Win Gold (Again)

by Tony Gordon

THE WORLD Bridge Games, previously grand slam. There are several lines of play

known as the Bridge Teams Olympiad N/S Game. Dealer South. available in 7´ but Susan Stockdale was

but now part of the World Mind Sports ´ AK98752 spared the headache of working out the

Games, took place in Lille, France, in ™ Q J 10 best line when Cecilia Rimstedt chose the

August. There were sixty-one countries t 98 six of hearts as her opening lead.

participating in the Open teams, forty- ® 4 England’s opponents in the semi-final

three taking part in the Women’s teams ´ 10 ´ J3 were France and they also had the temerity

and thirty-four in the Senior teams. All ™ 8763 N ™ K954 to establish an early lead, but the Lavender

W E

three England teams had the potential to t K54 S t 7632 Girls imposed themselves in the latter stages

make an impact in their respective ® Q9872 ® J63 of the match to register another comfort-

events, but only the Lavender Girls ´ Q64 able win, this time by a margin of 51 IMPs.

fulfilled their potential, so that is where ™ A2 Accurate declarer play by Heather

we will start. t A Q J 10 Dhondy earned England a game swing on

® A K 10 5 the deal below from the fourth session:

WOMEN’S TEAMS

The teams were divided into three West North East South E/W Game. Dealer South.

groups and after a round robin the Rimstedt Brown Gronkvist Stockdale ´ J853

leading five teams in each group plus the 2NT ™ AJ43

best sixth team qualified for the knock- Pass 4™1 Pass 4´ t K4

out stage. England were the holders and Pass 4NT Pass 5t2 ® 10 8 4

the team of Sally Brock and Nicola Smith, Pass 7´ End ´ K 10 9 6 4 2 ´ 7

Fiona Brown and Susan Stockdale, 1 Transfer to spades ™ 985 N ™ K 10

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Heather Dhondy and Nevena Senior, had 2 Three key cards t 93 S t 10 7 5 2

won the European Championships ® 52 ® AKQ963

earlier in the year, but they did not In the other room the Swedish South ´ AQ

reproduce their title-winning form in opened with a strong club, but the bidding ™ Q762

the round robin. Their fourth place surprisingly came to a halt in 4´. In t AQJ86

finish meant they had no control over contrast, aggressive bidding by Fiona ® J7

who they played in the last sixteen and Brown propelled her partnership into the

they ended up being paired with China.

England had defeated China by 1 IMP in

the 2008 World Bridge final in Beijing

but their supporters were able to keep

their fingernails intact this time around

as the Lavender Girls prevailed by 36

IMPs.

Sweden led early on in the quarter-final,

but England eventually won comfortably

by 44 IMPs. Seventeen of those IMPs

arrived courtesy of the following deal from

the third segment:

Photo: Peter Hasenson

* As noted in the June issue of English

Bridge and, more recently, in an article in

the Sunday Telegraph, the England

Women’s team have a ritual whereby they

dab themselves with lavender oil before each From the left, Heather Dhondy, Nicola Smith, Jeremy Dhondy (NPC), Sally Brock,

match they play. Fiona Brown, David Burn (Coach), Susan Stockdale and Nevena Senior

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