the Women would pick up 18 VPs for a bye and a major suit. Dhondy responded 4™,
E/W Game. Dealer West. and then face Sweden in their last match. to play in partner’s major, and this ran back
´ A762 My fingers were crossed. to South. What action should she take?
™ KQ543 Good early news on the Friday! The North had indicated a six-card major
t 83 England Open team had a great 19-11 VP and South did not think it could be hearts,
® J3 win over mighty Italy (Lauria – Versace, since East-West would then have bid to 4™
´ J 10 ´ K854 Bocchi – Madala). They followed with a with only six trumps between them.
™ A96 W
™ 10 8 2 16-14 VP win against Ireland and an 11-19 Concluding that her partner’s suit was
t 10 7 6 2 S t AQJ VP loss to Sweden, dropping to fourth spades, she bid 4´. A mightily relieved
® 8652 ® 10 9 7 place. Their last match, on Saturday, Dhondy (who did know which major
´ Q93 would be against Israel. North held) doubled. Accurate defence
™ J7 Meanwhile, our Women’s team began then collected a nerve-settling 1100. East
t K954 their last match, against Sweden, with an 8 played in 3t at the other table and that
® AKQ4 VP lead over France. This was the explo- was 14 IMPs to England.
sive first board against the Swedes: In a match of few swings, Sweden scored
a 16-14 VP victory. France were beaten by
West North East South the Netherlands, so England became
Townsend Mihov Bakhshi Karakolev Love All. Dealer North. European champions and added another
Pass Pass Pass 1NT ´ 7 set of gold medals to their substantial haul
Pass 2® Pass 2t ™ K J 10 7 6 over the years. Many congratulations to
Pass 3´ Pass 3NT t Q5 them! 1st ENGLAND 351 VPs, 2nd
All Pass ® 10 9 7 5 2 FRANCE 342 VPs, 3rd TURKEY 333.5
´ K 10 6 5 4 2 ´ Q VPs.
The Bulgarians used the Smolen conven- ™ A3 W
™ Q9854 Although our two anchor pairs con-
tion to show 5-4 in the majors. When t J6 S t A K 10 9 7 4 tested the key matches and played a
Stayman does not reveal an immediate fit, ® Q86 ® 3 greater number of boards, further tribute
responder bids his four-card major, allow- ´ AJ983 is in order for Fiona Brown and Susan
ing the opener to play the contract if there ™ 2 Stockdale. They headed the entire field in
is a 5-3 fit in the other major. t 832 the final Butler rankings with a superb
Townsend found the one lead to trouble ® AKJ4 average of +0.97 IMPs per board.
declarer, the jack of spades. East won with The Seniors team finished 10th out of
the king and the defenders now needed to 19. 1st FRANCE 337 VPs, 2nd POLAND
score three diamonds and the ace of hearts. West North East South 328 VPs, 3rd SCOTLAND 325 VPs.
Bakhshi made life very awkward for de- Dhondy Andersson Senior Johansson Our Open team beat Israel 17-13 in
clarer by returning the tQ. The contract 2t 4t Pass their last match, securing fourth place. 1st
can be made now only by covering with the 4™ Pass Pass 4´ MONACO 304 VPs, 2nd NETHER -
king, leaving the remaining diamonds Dble All Pass LANDS 290 VPs, 3rd ITALY 286 VPs, 4th
blocked. This would be wrong move if East ENGLAND 279 VPs. When you think that
held, say, Q-J-10-x-x and West had A-x. Pia Andersson opened with a multi 2t, England were headed only by Italy (who
When Georgi Karakolev eventually played showing 23-24 balanced or a six-card had won eight of the previous nine Euro-
low, Bakhshi continued with the ace and weak-two (so their card says) in one of the pean championships), Netherlands (the
jack of diamonds. South won with the king majors. With a four-card differential in the current world champions) and Monaco
and had to play hearts, Townsend claiming majors, it was reasonable for Senior to (who fielded two of the very best pairs in
two tricks for one down. assume that North held spades. She bid the world), this was a memorable
At the other table West led a diamond to 4t, Leaping Michaels to show diamonds achievement. Well played, indeed! r
East’s ace. Tony Forrester won the second
diamond and set up the heart suit to score
+430. 3NT was reached at 15 of the 18
tables and defeated only three times.
Thursday was not such a wonderful day.
The England Seniors scored 14-16 VPs,
16-14 VPs and 11-19 VPs against the teams
placed 1st, 3rd and 4th. Not so bad, but they
fell to 11th place. The Open team scored 15-
15 VPs, 13-17 VPs and 12-18 VPs, dropping
to 3rd place behind Monaco and Italy.
Photo: Ron Tacchi
Our Women overwhelmed Germany 25-4
VPs but then lost 8-22 VPs to the
Netherlands, Carla Arnolds making 6™ via
an unbelievably complex squeeze on the
final board. England were still in gold medal The England Seniors team: from the left, back: Colin Simpson, David Price,
position but only by 10 VPs. Tomorrow Gunnar Hallberg, Simon Cochemé (NPC); front: Tony Waterlow, Paul Hackett, John Holland.
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