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CHEN Yeh is a furniture manufacturer and sales man

who has come late to bridge but has made up

for it by both his play and sponsorship. The first

Asian to win a world title at bridge (the 2007

Transnational teams), he has for the last decade

organised the Yeh Bros Cup, a biennial tournament,

generally in the Far East, and invited squads from

around the world to participate, offering extremely

generous prize money and sponsorship.

This year the event was held in Shanghai at the

Dong Jiao State Hotel - one of the most beautiful

hotels I've ever stayed in. The format of the event is

a Swiss teams with the top sixteen teams qualifying

for a knock-out. The England team lost in the round

of sixteen and then played in the pairs - a threestage

event in which Sally Brock and Barry Myers

finished third in the Consolation event (netting a

cool US$750) while Michael Byrne and Mike Bell

reached the main final, then carried all before them

to win handsomely, well ahead of Irishman Tom

Hanlon and Paul Hackett of the England Plus team

in second place. The cash prize of US$20,000 might

be the largest for a pairs event in recent memory -

taking into account that the Cavendish, noted for

the size of its prizes, is an auction event, so prizes go

to the owner of a pair not the pair themselves.

This deal came from the qualifying event:

Game All. Dealer North.

´ 10 6 4

™ K J 7 4

t K 4

® Q 9 8 6

´ K Q 9 8 7 2 ´ A J

™ 10 9 8 ™ 5 3

t 7 6 3 t Q J 9 5 2

® K ® J 10 3 2

´ 5 3

™ A Q 6 2

t A 10 8

® A 7 5 4

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June 2015 English Bridge

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Michael Byrne playing with Mike Bell reached 4™

on an unopposed auction after opening the South

hand a 14-17 no-trump. (1NT - 2NT - 3® - 3´ -

4™ where 2NT was Puppet Stayman and 3®

promised a major, 3´ showing hearts).

Had the defenders

led and continued

spades, East over taking

at trick one

and playing the ´J,

then switching to a

club, East falls victim

to a squeeze in the

minors. But West led

his ®K to trick one.

Byrne won and drew

trumps, then ducked

a spade. East flew up

with the ace and re turned

the suit, West overtaking to play a third

spade. East (who had discarded a diamond on the

third trump) now pitched another diamond.

In this ending:

´ -

™ 7

t K 4

® Q 9 8

´ 8 7 2 ´ -

™ - ™ -

t 7 6 3 t Q J 9

® - ® J 10 3

´ -

™ -

t A 10 8

® 7 5 4

Byrne played three rounds of diamonds ruffing on

the table, then exited from dummy with a low club

to force East to win and lead into the club tenace at

trick twelve. r

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Big Win in China by Barry Rigal

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