58 English Bridge June 2019 www.ebu.co.uk
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 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
t A 10 9 7 6 4
® 8 4 3 2
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.