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THE POZNAN MEDAL HUNT

by David Bird

THE 5th European Open Bridge Cham- As the cards lie, 6t would be made (no done also to Janet de Botton and Artur

pionships were held in Poznan, the city in club ruff is possible because the trump ace Malinowski (28th) and to Heather and

west-central Poland where the first Polish lies with the singleton club). However, Jeremy Dhondy (29th) – it is difficult

state was created, 1000 years ago. The first there is nothing wrong with 6® – a very indeed to qualify for these big finals.

event was the Mixed Teams, which started good slam. Graham Osborne won the It is a measure of the field’s quality that

with 15 six-team groups, including strong spade queen lead with the ace and had to mega-stars Sabine Auken and Norberto

representation from England. Janet de play a diamond while dummy’s trumps Bocchi could manage only twentieth

Botton, Artur Malinowski, Nevena Senior protected him in spades. Franck Multon position. Not content with their gold

and Nick Sandqvist won Group H. The won with the diamond ace and, after medals in the Mixed Teams, Catherine

Badger team (Frances Hinden, Graham several agonising seconds, found the king D’Ovidio and Philippe Cronier won further

Osborne, Paula Leslie and Jeffrey Allerton) of spades continuation. This forced gold in the Mixed Pairs final, winning by a

won Group M. Christine Duckworth, dummy to ruff with a trump honour and substantial 1.7%.

Simon Cope, Susan Stockdale and the 4-1 trump break then defeated the The next event was the Open Teams.

Brian Callaghan won Group O, jointly slam. Painful! Alexander Allfrey, Tony Forrester, David

with Sandra Penfold and Brian Senior, who At the other table, Catherine D’Ovidio Gold, Andrew Robson qualified second

were playing with two Bulgarians. rebid 3t on the North cards and passed from Group E, but fell at the next hurdle –

The Badger team were ultimately the Philippe Cronier’s 3NT. Nine tricks were a one-day Swiss from which 32 teams

most successful. They defeated a Russian made and Zimmerman gained 12 IMPs, emerged for the knock-out. This deal from

team packed with front-line internationals rather than losing 13 if the clubs had been Mahaffey (USA) v Konstanta (Poland)

in the quarter-finals and went on to meet 3-2. caught my eye:

the equally strong Zimmerman team from Two boards later, Cronier and

France in the semi-finals. With one third of D’Ovidio bid and made 6™,

the match remaining, the English team were which needed the tK onside.

in the lead. Luck then turned against them Hinden and Osborne took a

on two slam deals. This was the first: look at the slam but decided to

stay out of it. It was impossible

to recover from these two

Game All. Dealer: North. body blows and Zimmerman

´ 6 won by 47-28 IMPs. The

™ K53 French team went on to

t Q J 10 9 7 4 defeat a strong Dutch squad

® AQJ in the final, winning by the

´ Q2 ´ K J 10 8 7 4 extraordinary margin of 135-

™ 10 9 7 2 N ™ 864 46. Many congratulations to

W E

t 865 S t A32 Hinden, Leslie, Osborne and

® 10 9 5 3 ® 6 Allerton for the fine play that

´ A953 netted them a set of bronze

™ AQJ medals!

t K The next event was the Mixed

® K8742 Pairs, where thirty pairs battled

through to the final. England’s

Tom Townsend finished in an

West North East South excellent sixth place, with his

Willard Hinden Multon Osborne real-life partner Ewa Kater of

1t 2´ 3® Poland. Not far behind in ninth

Pass 4® Pass 4™ place were England inter -

Pass 4´ Pass 5t national, Fiona Brown, and Mixed Teams bronze medallists: from the left, Graham

Pass 6® All Pass Hugh McGann of Ireland. Well Osborne, Frances Hinden, Jeffrey Allerton, Paula Leslie

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