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The Great Road

to China

REPORTS

FOLLOWING England’s qualification for 3NT could always be made by guessing

the Beijing World Under-20 Champion- the diamonds, although with an opening

ships in October, a new scheme has been bid by West you could get it wrong. Ed Jones

set up to send the Under-20s team to as made no such mistake, and duly chalked

many competitions both here and abroad up his vulnerable game. At the other table

as is possible. The first such event was the Rob Myers and Daniel McIntosh defended

big Swiss Teams held every year in Llan- the more modest contract of 1NT.

gollen. The England Under-20 squad had Michael Byrne

two teams playing, arbitrarily denoted as

‘A’ and ‘B’.

The ‘A’ team had several good wins, part- At the other table, Tom Rainforth, 17,

icularly a 20-0 VPs against Andrew Thomp- playing with James Thrower, 18, accura-

son’s experienced quartet in Match 2, for tely switched to a club, attacking dummy’s

which they were awarded the prize for big- entries. Declarer, denied a spade trick, had

gest victory in a single round. (They would to rely on the club finesse later on, and

have won the prize again in Round 4, but no went one off.

team is allowed to win it more than once.)

Photo: Jeff Morris

This hand demonstrated a rarely seen

but useful principle:

The bidding goes 1♥

♠AQJ6 – Pass – Pass to you.

♥63 You start with a James Paul

♦KJ43 double and partner

♣K92 responds 1NT. Any- The other England Under-20 team also

thing more to say? acquitted themselves well, and scored

Photo: Stephen Woodd

Many people are several notable victories, including an 18-2

familiar with the idea that when you VPs smashing of the Welsh national team,

respond to a fourth-in-hand take out captained by Tim Rees. This deal showed

double (partner being in the ‘protective that a passive defence is often best:

position’), you take off 3 points. Therefore

a bid of 1NT shows around 8-12, and Tom Paske

holding 14 points there is a good chance E/W Game. Dealer West.

you might have game on, and you should ♠ 10 5 4 One of the Youth teams ended 8th, the other

raise to 2NT. ♥92 26th, but both gained from the experience

James Paul, 17, duly did this, and Ed ♦AK974 of a long weekend’s bridge. They have been

Jones competed by bidding 3NT. This was ♣AK9 playing in various teams events across the

worth 10 IMPs when the full deal was: ♠ AK2 ♠ J983 country, you may have seen them at the Year

♥ K43 N ♥65 End Congress in London, or the National

W E

♦ Q 10 5 S ♦J632 Swiss teams held recently at Hinckley. If so,

Game All. Dealer West. ♣ 7532 ♣Q64 don’t forget they are representing you as

♠K54 ♠Q76 English bridge players, and you should feel

♥ A 10 7 4 ♥ A Q J 10 8 7 free to go over and remind them to tuck

♦ A 10 9 ♦8 their shirt in, comb their hair, and continue

♣765 ♣ J 10 8 to be good ambassadors for the game!

♠ 10 9 8 ♠732 Many of them will be competing in a few

♥ KQJ82 W

N

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♥95 short weeks in the Peggy Bayer trophy for

♦ 52 S ♦Q876 After the Welsh West opened the bidding the home nations Under-20 teams, this year

♣ AQ4 ♣ J 10 8 3 with 1♣, North-South (Tom Paske, 17 and being held in the Chancellor’s Conference

♠AQJ6 Adam Hickman, 19) played in 4♥ by Centre in Manchester, 15th-17th February. I

♥63 South. West started with three rounds of hope you will give them all your support,

♦KJ43 spades, allowing Adam (who made his whether it be by watching in person or

♣K92 England debut in December) to take the following on Bridge Base Online on the

heart finesse for a possible overtrick. internet.

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