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After Auction (4) North has a horrid
choice with Hand (g). He could bid 1NT,
but partner will assume he has more than Really Easy
this and might bid on towards game. He
could try 1♠, but that is all too likely to
get a spade raise, leaving him in a horrid
4-3 fit. He could try 2♣ (on the grounds
that this would be less likely to excite
partner) but that might be a stupid
contract. My instinct is to say that the ace-
queen of hearts are equivalent to the ace-
king of hearts (sitting over opener); that
makes it 8 HCP and a little bit of creative
accounting makes it 9 (don’t ask!) so I John Pain
would bid 1NT – with a guilty conscience. AFTER a break of three years the Really
After Auction (4), with Hand (h) North Easy Congress took place during the
should content himself with 2NT. Midweek period of the Brighton Summer The overall winners of the ‘best three
Remember, the protective doubler may Meeting. It was opened by Sally Bugden, session’ ladder were Steve Kitching and
have as few as 8 HCP. If partner has 11 Vice Chairman of the EBU. Ann Liddell from the North East and
HCP he should raise to game. Twenty-one tables played from Surrey. The best group performance
Monday evening to Wednesday after- came from Inge Westwood’s group from
(5) West North East South noon. Fortified by a glass of sherry, the Isle of Wight: all six players managed
1♥ Pass Pass 1♠ players played in either the novice section to win a prize.
Pass ? or the experienced section, and all came My thanks go to Iris and Andrew Pettit
through it. Many were attending their who acted as TDs and to Marryat Stevens
1NT shows 12-14 HCP first event outside of their class and three for helping with the beginners.
2NT shows 15 HCP tables took the opportunity to play in a Full results can be found on the EBU
3NT hardly exists, bearing mind the pass supervised duplicate on Tuesday after- website and also on the brand new
on the previous round. noon where help was available from the www.reallyeasybridge.com website which
tournament staff. Finally, they all played has full details of other news and events
on Wednesday finishing at 3.30pm with a organised by the EBU under the Really
Hand (i) Hand (j) prize-giving with the prizes presented by Easy banner.
♠9 ♠ 9 Barry Capal, EBU General Manager. The next Really Easy Congress is the
♥AQ32 ♥ AJ92 There was no let up for the participants Really Easy Spring Break to be held at the
♦KJ65 ♦ KJ65 who could also attend two seminars in Midland Hotel, Derby from April 4th to
♣J532 ♣ A432 the morning – one given by Andrew 6th 2008. Full details are on the website
Kambites. the other by Graham Jepson. and will be in the next English Bridge.
After Auction (5), with Hand (i) North
should pass. With Hand (j), 1NT is enough.
Remember that East could have as few as 5 HELEN’S 100 FOR HONOURS ENGLAND
HCP for his protective one-level overcall. HELEN Bath and her husband, Billy, were
founder members of Arden and Shirley
(6) West North East South Bridge Clubs, both located in Shirley in YOU!
Warwickshire. In mid-August, members
1♥ Pass Pass 2♦
of Helen’s extended family helped her THE EBU Selection Committee is
Pass ? celebrate her 100th birthday at the two
seeking to extend its panel of Non-
clubs on successive evenings; a third cel-
playing Captains for teams playing
2NT shows 11-13 HCP ebration at home the day after was also
in international competition.
3NT shows 14+ HCP followed by bridge!
If you think you have the necessary
Playing bridge at the clubs and at home
skills, interest, dedication and time (!),
at least three times a week, Helen also
enjoys regular games of whist. Her please contact Sandra Claridge at
Hand (k) Hand (l)
active life includes enjoyment of her gar- email@example.com or telephone
♠8542 ♠ KQ43 01844 208629.
den and regular jaunts to shops, visiting
♥ A 10 9 4 ♥ A743
garden centres and eating out. Also needed are Table Recorders for
♦ K 10 2 ♦ —
European Championships. The 2008
Still an excellent bridge player, Helen’s
♣A5 ♣ KJ732 Championship is in Pau, France, from
only concession to current partners is to
play Acol instead of the Nottingham 14th-28th June. Modest expenses,
Club of her heyday. Helen attributes her which will not include travel or
After Auction (6), with Hand (k) North longevity to keeping active both mental- accommodation, but may be on a per
should content himself with 2NT. With ly and physically, a good gene pool, and diem basis, will be paid. Again, please
Hand (l), he might well pass, although I the occasional tot of whisky! Mike Thorley contact Sandra Claridge.
can sympathise with a bid of 2NT.
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