West North East South Let’s take a look at one final deal – from one
Scerri Jones of the most entertaining events of the
1® midweek, the Mixed Pivot Teams. In this
Pass 1™ 1´ 2t event each team member plays nine boards WINNERS
2´ Dble Pass 4t with each of the others – often leading to
Pass 4NT Pass 5´ some entertaining results. This deal in Four Stars B Final: Alex Hydes, Olivia and
Pass 6t End particular caused much discussion: Alan Woo, Simon Cope.
Brighton Bowl: Glyn Liggins, Ben Green,
Ed Scerri, West, led a top spade. Declarer Michael Byrne, Duncan Happer.
adopted the normal-looking line of Board 13 (Rotated). One-day Swiss Teams: Saturday: Mark Lehto,
ruffing this and playing two rounds of Game All. Dealer South. Fiona Hutchison, Tim Gauld, Guy Hart;
trumps, but upon receiving the bad news, ´ K Sunday: Brian Crack, Diana Avis, Shirley Gold-
win, Colin Wilson.
South abandoned diamonds and started ™ K9872
on clubs. She played a club to the king, t KJ973 Stratified Pairs: Graham and Berry Hedley.
followed by a club back to her ace, and ® K3 Brighton Plate: Paul Thornton – Gerry Weston.
now led the club queen from her hand. ´ J4 ´ 97652 Senior Pairs: A final: Tom Gisborne – Sandy
Look at the position Scerri found himself ™ Q J 10 6 N ™ 3 Davies; B final: Chris Duckworth – Brian
in: if he ruffed, declarer would overruff in t 862 S t 10 5 Callaghan; Consolation final: Mike Seaver – Eric
the dummy, and play a low heart from the ® Q J 10 5 ® 87642 Campbell.
Senior Swiss Teams: Bob McRobert, Rob
table. Now Gary Jones, East, could go up ´ A Q 10 8 3
Lawy, Andrew Thompson, Tony Clark.
with the ace of hearts and play a spade, but ™ A54
declarer would be in command: she would t AQ4 Really Easy Congress: Pairs sessions: Nirmal
and Joy Dutta, Alison Bloxham – Fiona Drew,
have ruffed, drawn the last trump and ® A9
Frances Wallace – Anne Ratcliffe, Julia
tabled her hand which contained only Broady – Marie Hallam, John Borwick – Claire
winners. Scerri, though, had other ideas. Price, Rosemary Vase – Mary Webster, Marius
He declined to ruff the third club, pitching At most tables, the auction started 2NT by Dros – Joan Crothall, Alison Dunbar-
a low heart (showing an odd number) South, 3t (transfer to hearts) by North, Dempsey – Sally Craig, Jackie Craig – Suzanne
instead. Declarer played a fourth club, on and the final contract, after a Roman Key-
which once again Scerri discarded a heart. Card Blackwood enquiry which revealed Next Step Congress: Pairs sessions: Julia
Broady – Marie Hallam, John Borwick
Now came a fifth club from declarer: at that North-South were missing the queen
– Claire Price, Rosemary Vase – Mary Webster,
this point Scerri ruffed; declarer over - of trumps, was usually 6™. Marius Dros – Joan Crothall, Suki Kilby – Annie
ruffed and played a heart from the As you can see, 6™ will go down because Mendelow, George Siddens – Oliver Powell,
dummy. Jones rose with the ace and West holds two trump tricks. The auction, Nirmal and Joy Dutta, Joanna Seddon – T. Pat
played another heart for Scerri to ruff – whichever route it takes, requires good Lewis, Judy Wesselbaum – Ruth Kim, Barbara
Beaumont – Sheila McKenna, Premdat
down one. judgment as regards the final contract:
Hariram – Les Woolard. Teams session: Blue: Les
Note that when on the table with the when you have the North hand, and you Woolard, Premdat Hariram, Janet Rushworth,
overruff declarer couldn’t cross back to find out that your side is in an eight-card fit Maurice Hughes; Orange: Chris Derrick, Philip
hand with a spade, as she would have missing at best five trumps to the queen, Butterworth, George Siddens, Oliver Powell.
forced herself once more without having and possibly to the queen and jack, it is Midweek Events
set up her heart winner yet. A quite superb quite unlikely that 6™ will be a better con- Play with the Experts: Margaret Wort – Darren
piece of defence, and when Harouni and tract than 6NT. There is a chance that 6NT Evetts.
Robinson read out +420 for 5®+1, they might be available in top tricks – and in the Championship Pairs: Marc Lee – Phil Godfrey.
Mixed Pivot Teams: Liz Hoskins, Ian Lancaster,
were pleasantly surprised to hear the worst case it will probably need the heart Andrew Southwell, Peter Clinch.
words ‘Win ten’ from their team-mates! suit to behave, which is required in 6™ in Mixed Pairs Championship: Kath Nelson –
any event. As you can see on this Steve Auchterlonie.
lie of the cards, 6NT is on top Knock-out Teams: Erland Skjetne, Ed Jones,
and you make all thirteen tricks Alex Hydes, Ewa Kater, Tom Townsend.
Speedball Pairs: Friday: Paul Belsten – Stuart
when the jack of spades falls. Davies; Wednesday: Mike Bell – Graeme
Interestingly, in at least one Robertson; 2nd Friday: Phil Godfrey – Simon
match a greedy West doubled Creasey. Speedball KO Teams: First Saturday:
the 6™ contract reached by Ed Jones, Emily Middleton, Andrew Murphy,
North-South – and was dealt a Graeme Robertson; Second Saturday: Sarah
Pinchbeck, Alex Hydes, Graeme Robertson,
deserved blow when the oppo- Yvonne Wiseman.
nents ran to the cold 6NT. How Open Pairs: Jane and David Jensen, Joseph
bad can life be when the oppo- Walsh – Sean Mekie, Phil Godfrey – Martin
nents bid a slam and you have Garvey, Paul Maiolani – Bob McKinnon,
Photo: Matt Betts
two almost certain trump tricks? Martin Craven – Damien Byron, Chris
Cooper – Simon Creasey. Open Teams: Green
West should have passed quietly Section: Bill Taylor, Mark Hodgson, Robert
and waited for his one down! Miller, Jim Deacon; Orange Section: Mike
Congratulations to all the Hamon, Enid Hamon, Clare Hamon, Andrew
Sunday One-day Swiss Teams Winners: Colin Wilson, winners, and here’s to more of Urbanski.
Diana Avis, Shirley Goodwin and Brian Crack the same next year! r
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