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HUBERT PHILLIPS FINAL YEAR END LONDON
by Bill Townsend (27 – 30 December 2012)
AFTER SIX rounds of knock-out and a In one room Teshome bid the North-
year on from the start of the competition, South hands in simple fashion. South
the final of the 2011-2012 English Pivot opened a weak 1NT and North bid 3™
Mixed Teams, one of our premier events, (transfer to spades), the partnership
had eventually arrived. settling in 3NT. West made the obvious
Anne Rosen’s team, the holders (Neil club lead and declarer went two down
Rosen, Gerald Tredinnick, Ian Draper, after misguessing spades.
Simon Cope, Richard Bowdery) were to The Rosen North-South were playing a
meet Sarah Teshome’s Yorkshire outfit strong 1NT so South opened 1t. This
(Richard Winter, Tony McNiff, Nick would surely have led to 3NT by South ex-
Woolven). Sixty boards, to be played at the cept that West, Richard Winter, volunteered
West Midlands BC, would decide whether a 1´ overcall! Not an obvious choice, unless
the trophy would go north or stay south. one has a club mixed in with the spades . . .
Teshome got off to a fine start, and at Gerald Tredinnick doubled, showing four
the half-way stage were almost 2000 hearts and Tony McNiff, East, redoubled, YEAR END
aggregate points to the good. The meal showing a top honour and an inability to BLACKPOOL
break saw them in upbeat mood, but support spades. When West did not remove
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things changed in the fourth set, as Rosen to 2® (yes, surely he had a club in with his
halved the deficit. spades!), North-South had 1000 points Entries / enquiries
Board 46 of the fifth set, although available from three down on best defence. EBU Competitions Department
apparently unremarkable, saw the holders However, Tredinnick decided to go on to
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Love All. Dealer East. was that North, not South, had become the Online booking advisable
´ KJ632 declarer. East had no reason to look further
™ Q942 than the spade ace for his opening lead,
t Q9 followed by another spade, after which
® KQ declarer had an easy route to an overtrick.
´ Q 10 9 4 ´ A8 The final set saw Rosen pulling further ERRATUM
™ 10 8 7 N ™ K65 ahead, helped by a great slam which was not
W E WE REGRET that an error crept into
t 6 S t J8754 bid by the Yorkshire team, and they ran out
our last (August) issue, as pointed
® AJ953 ® 864 winners by 1380 points. So, congratulations
´ 75 to the Rosen team, who have now won the out first by Jerry Emery, Steyning,
™ AJ3 event three times in the last four years. I’ll West Sussex.
t A K 10 3 2 wager that they will win it at least seven In Paul Bowyer’s article, the dia-
® 10 7 2 times, emulating Roger Federer, and leave gram for Hand 3 should have been
my betting slip to Oxfam. r as below.
South plays in 4´.
West leads the ™K.
Photo: Tony McNiff
Hubert Phillips winners: (from the left) Gerald Tredinnick, ® 87
Richard Bowdery, Ian Draper, Anne and Neil Rosen, and Simon Cope.
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