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June 2019 English Bridge

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1 England 153.38

2 Scotland 116.22

3 Ireland 108.30

4 Wales 97.96

5 N. Ireland 74.77

6 SBU 48.37

West North East South

Mossop Gordon Hallberg Kane

Pass

Pass 1™ Pass 2®

Pass 2NT Pass 4™

All Pass

E/W Game. Dealer South.

´ J 10 6

™ A

t 10 5 4 2

® Q 9 8 5 3

´ A 4 ´ 9 3

™ 9 8 3 2 ™ K Q 10 4

t K 9 7 6 3 t J 8

® 7 4 ® A K J 6 2

´ K Q 8 7 5 2

™ J 7 6 5

t A Q

® 10

N

W E

S

West North East South

F Kurbalija Selway D Kurbalija Holland

Pass 2´ Dble 3™

Pass 4´ All Pass

West North East South

Mossop Pitts Hallberg Jones

Pass 2´ Dble 3´

All Pass

played a diamond to the king and ace, and won a

third round of trumps with the king.

Senior now had a chance to squeeze either

opponent in spades and diamonds. If he rectified

the count by conceding a club, a diamond return

would be awkward (preventing him from cashing

the ´A and returning to the tJ later). When he

preferred to play his last two trumps, East discarded

the ´2 and ´10. The tQ and tJ saw West show

out. East was down to ´K t8 ®9. A spade to the ace

picked up East's king and the ´Q was Senior's tenth

trick. If East had ditched the ®9 and kept two

spades, he would have been thrown in with a

diamond to lead away from the ´K10.

Danny Kane's Drury bid showed a maximum

passed-hand raise. Hallberg did not like to lead

away from any of his picture cards. When he led the

t4, Irving Gordon won with the king and returned

the ®J. Hallberg won with the king, cashed the tA

and gave David Mossop a diamond ruff. The

contract could still be made on a cross-ruff, but a

trump to the ace was not the required next move.

The game was down and England gained 10 IMPs.

England did well at both tables on this deal

against Wales:

2019 TELTSCHER VP SCORES

A major-suit lead beats the contract. A club lead

followed by two rounds of trumps almost certainly

beats it, too, although there is a double-dummy

route home. You set up the ®8 with a repeated

ruffing finesse against East. You also need to play the

ace and queen of diamonds (rather than finessing)

to set up the t10 for a second heart discard!

Sadly for Wales, Filip Kurbalija made an illadvised

lead away from the tK. Holland was able to

ruff all three heart losers, ending with an overtrick

for +450.

Barry Lloyd Jones did not make a game-try and

Wales stopped in 3´. Mossop found a better lead

than at the other table, the ™8 to dummy's ace.

Somewhat surprisingly, declarer now led a diamond

to the ace. He ruffed a heart in dummy and would

still have made the contract had he continued with

a diamond, very fortunately setting up dummy's

t10.

When declarer led a club instead, Hallberg took

the trick and switched to a trump. Mossop won and

returned another trump, putting the part-score one

down. Declarer had made three tricks fewer than at

the other table and England gained 11 IMPs

Many congratulations to the winning England

team: Paul Hackett, Gunnar Hallberg, John

Holland, David Mossop, Norman Selway, Brian

Senior, npc Simon Cochemé. The England pairs

occupied the three first places (out of 20) in the

Butler rankings: 1st Hackett/Senior +1.51

IMPs/board, 2nd Holland/Selway +0.92, 3rd

Hallberg/Mossop +0.81. A fine achievement.

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