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YOUNG BRIDGE CHALLENGE

This year's Young Bridge Challenge, EBED's annual

youth bridge one-day event, took place in midMarch.

Twenty teams competed in three rounds of

Swiss Teams, after which the top four school teams

were separated out to play for the Schools Cup.

Loughborough Grammar School, the hosts of the

event, won the Schools Cup, beating Haberdasher's

Aske's School for Boys' B Team in the Semi-Final,

and St Paul's School's B Team in the Final. The other

semi-finalists were Exeter Maths School, an

excellent achievement in their debut appearance in

the competition.

The remaining sixteen teams played two more

rounds of Swiss Teams, won overall by Henry Rose,

Jasmine Bakhshi, Liam Fegarty and Jamie Fegarty,

who took home the Harry Scully Trophy. Only 1 VP

behind them was the Haberdasher's A Team, who

won the Schools Plate for the highest-placed School

Team at the end of the Swiss Teams.

There was a record attendance of 34 players for

the MiniBridge competition, which was won by a

young pair from English Martyrs Catholic

Voluntary Academy in Oakham pictured, with

EBED Youth Officer David Emerson.

Game All. Dealer North.

´ 8 2

™ A 9 8 5 3

t K Q

® A K Q J

´ 9 7 3 ´ K Q J 10 6 4

™ K 6 2 ™ Q 10 7 4

t 8 5 3 t J 2

® 10 9 7 5 ® 6

´ A 5

™ J

t A 10 9 7 6 4

® 8 4 3 2

N

W E

S

Here's the board that gave the first big swing to

Loughborough Grammar School in the Schools

Cup Final. England's Under 16 Squad Leader

Giorgio Provenza provides the commentary.

West North East South

1™ 1´ 2t

Pass 2´A Pass 2NT

Pass 3NT All Pass

N/S have a slam available (a grand in either minor

or 6NT), but will they find it? It seems very difficult

to me. Should South decide to double rather than

bidding diamonds, thus showing both minors,

North might get more excited, but still I don't see an

easy path for it. If you bid slam here, well done! (and

I would love to hear the auction).

In the Schools Cup Final, Loughborough's N/S

pair managed to find a game but not a slam in

diamonds, whilst the St Paul's N/S pair played in 3®

making 10 tricks. This gave Loughborough 10 IMPs

and the lead, which they never relinquished.

Playing in no trumps, South sees the dummy after

a spade lead and must spot the potential problem in

communication between the hands. Once the ´A is

gone there are only entries to dummy in diamonds.

The contract will go one off if the tJ is one of three,

four or five cards in either opponent's hand or make

with three overtricks if it is singleton or doubleton,

as long as declarer overtakes the tQ with the ace on

the second diamond trick. In this case, South gets

lucky if they spot the correct line.

More

photos

online,

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