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Bob Rowlands reports on the Daventry Seniors Congress

REPORTS

Senior Moments

at the Senior Swiss Teams

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THE Paramount Hotel in Daventry was we narrowly won 11-9. On the penulti-

the venue for the ever-popular Seniors mate match we won 19-1, the Wattleworths

Congress held in November. One 18-2, leaving us 4 VPs ahead with no other

hundred and four pairs started in the pair in contention. Bob Rowlands and Ting To

main event with twenty-eight pairs to Near the end of the last match, I had

qualify for the A Final, another twenty- a ‘senior moment’ when responding to

eight for the B Final, and the remainder, Roman Key-Card Blackwood. My mind eight and queen! Declarer then crossed to

with others joining on the second day – said 5♣ (one or four ‘aces’), but unfortu- the ace of clubs to lead the jack of spades,

seventy-eight pairs in all – competing in nately the card in front of me said 5♦! taken with the king by West who exited

the Swiss Pairs. This contretemps meant that we stopped in with a ‘safe’ diamond only to see declarer

5♠ on the following deal: win with the ten. This meant that the

defence never came to a heart trick and

partner (who, you will have noticed, also

E/W Game Dealer North. had a ‘senior moment’ at trick one) ended

♠ J 10 8 2 up with twelve tricks.

♥ QJ84 The slam was bid against the Wattle-

♦2 worths, leaving Bill Wattleworth to find the

♣A953 killing lead. The only tenuous clue was his

♠ K4 ♠73 partner’s failure to double a high-level

♥ K97 W

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♥632 diamond bid during the auction, so he led a

♦ J765 S ♦9843 club to beat the contract.

♣ J872 ♣ K Q 10 4 Liz and Bill Wattleworth won their last

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♠AQ965 match 19-1 VPs to finish on 161 VPs out

♥ A 10 5 of 200, which you would think would be a

♦ A K Q 10 winning score. Unluckily for them, we

Liz and Bill Wattleworth ♣6 won our last match 20-0, finishing on 166

VPs and so winning what was very much a

Ting To and I started badly and then fell two-horse race.

away finishing 91st after the first session, South North

so we immediately qualified for the Swiss To Rowlands RESULTS:

Pairs. Then the tide turned and everything Pass Pairs A Final: Sandy Davies and Tom

went well; after seven matches we were in 1♠ 3♠ Gisborne

the lead with 116 VPs, with Liz and Bill 4NT 5♦ (!) Pairs B Final: Louise and Warner Solomon

Wattleworth of Southport second with 5♠ Pass Swiss Pairs: Ting To and Bob Rowlands

115 VPs – the third-placed pair on 96 VPs. Swiss Teams: Judith and Allan Sanis, Rob

In Round 8, the two top pairs clashed and West led the five of diamonds to the two, Proctor and Michael Robinson

Christmas Quiz Answers and Results

RESULTS: The winner, who will receive a copy of Peter Hasenson’s British Bridge Almanack, is David Wilson of Cottingham.

EBU vouchers for £15 and £10 respectively will be sent to second-placed John England of Slough, and third-placed Bomi

Kavarana of Tadworth.

ANSWERS: 1. 1895 by the Portland Club; 2. SS Finland of the Panama Pacific Line; 3. Lt Col. Walter Buller, CBE; 4. Jack Marx,

‘Skid’ Simon, Iain McLeod, Maurice Harrison-Gray; 5. Kent; 6. 1948; 7. 1950; 8. 1950. USA beat Great Britain by 3660 aggre-

gate points and a combined Sweden-Iceland team by 4720 points; 9. Great Britain won in 1981 in Port Chester, NY, USA

and in 1985 in Sao Paulo, Brazil; 10. 1957. Sputnik doubles were part of the American Kaplan-Sheinwold system;

11. Italy. The national team colour is blue and ‘Squadra Azzurra’ is the name given to Italian national teams in all sports;

12. Alan Hiron and Albert Dormer; of Great Britain; 13. 20,000 including at least 50 Green Points; 14. The odds

of holding a true Yarborough are 1827-1 against; 15. The Hubert Phillips Bowl for the mixed teams-of-four champion-

ship of England; 16. Play the ace first and then lead small towards K-9, intending to put in the nine if East plays small;

17. 1070; 18. Rixi Markus; 19. 5♠, showing two of the five ‘aces’ (king of trumps counts as an ace), plus the queen

of trumps (queen of spades); 20. Martina Navratilova. Tennis is not her only racket!

50 English Bridge February 2008 www.ebu.co.uk

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