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June 2019 English Bridge

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West North East South

Knox Brock Amos Cardiff

1´ Pass

3®A 3t 3´ 5t

All Pass

West's 3® Bergen raise showed 7-9 points.

Against 5t doubled, Draper led the ®K (®3 from

partner) and continued with the ®A. Gilly Clench

ruffed in hand, ruffed a spade in dummy and played

the ™A. She pitched the ™J on the ®Q, Draper

ruffing low. Declarer ruffed the low heart switch to

the queen and cross-ruffed for several tricks. She

could not avoid the eventual loss of a spade trick

and was one down.

Sarah Amos led the ®A and Andrea Knox

signalled reverse attitude with her ®8. This was a

card she could not afford! Brock ruffed the ´5

switch in dummy, ruffed a club and played the tA.

A spade ruff was followed by the ®Q for a heart

discard. Dummy now held the ®97 against West's

®106. The ®7 was covered by the ®10, ruffed and

overruffed with the king. East returned a heart to

dummy's ace and Brock discarded a spade on the

established ®9. That was +400 and 11 IMPs to

England.

England scored heavily on this eventful deal

against Ireland:

1 England 72.64

2 Scotland 65.18

3 Ireland 47.74

4 Wales 46.93

5 N. Ireland 33.93

6 CBAI 33.59

2019 LADY MILNE VP SCORES

Love All. Dealer North.

´ A Q 4

™ A Q 9 6 2

t Q 5 2

® J 10

´ K J 10 7 2 ´ 8 6 3

™ 8 ™ J

t J 10 9 7 3 t K 6

® 4 3 ® A K 9 7 6 5 2

´ 9 5

™ K 10 7 5 4 3

t A 8 4

® Q 8

N

W E

S

West North East South

Pender Brock McDonagh Cardiff

1™ 2® 4™

All Pass

West North East South

Smith Wiseman

1NT 3® 4™

Pass 4´ All Pass

East cashed her two club tricks and switched

safely to the ™J. Brock won in the dummy and

finessed the ´Q successfully. After the ´A and a

spade ruff, she needed to escape for just one

diamond loser. How would you have continued?

One possibility was to play the tA and a

diamond to the queen. If East won with the king,

she would have to give a ruff-and-discard if she had

started with a doubleton diamond. This is how you

might play the contract if East had not entered the

bidding. Brock was inclined to place the tK with

East after her overcall. She therefore led the t4 on

the first round. If East won the trick (perhaps from

tKJ10), she would then have to lead away from the

tK or give a ruff-and-discard. She might also win

from tK109 or tKJ9 if West failed to play her top

card from tJ763 or t10763 (a Crocodile Coup).

When Gilda Pender rose with the tJ, Brock

played the t2. She played low again on the t10

continuation and East's tK appeared. It was a

splendid +420 for England.

At the other table, 2® would have been

conventional over 1NT and Wiseman bid 3®. North

read her partner's 4™ as a transfer and bid 4´.

Smith was happy to leave this contract undoubled,

preventing a flight to 5™. Unsettled by the accident

in the auction, North took some wrong turns in the

play and went seven down. England scored +350 for

a gain of 13 IMPs.

England won the Lady Milne and all their

matches, accumulating a splendid 72.64 VPs out of

a possible 100. Heading the Butler rankings were:

1st Catherine Draper & Susanna Gross (+0.96 IMPs

per board) and 2nd Nicola Smith & Yvonne

Wiseman (+0.62 IMPs per board). Well done to

them. The final scores are below. r

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