Anneke Simons, Laura Dekkers and Marion So, could 3NT be beaten? Gunnar
E/W Game. Dealer: West. Michielsen). This was a splendid win for the Hallberg led the ™7, Hans Gothe winning
´ 43 Turkish women, whose delighted smiles dummy’s jack with the king. If East switches
™ AKJ64 brightened the following day’s bulletin. to the ´3 now, declarer can succeed by
t AQ8 Meanwhile, in the Senior Teams, Pharon covering with a low card. Gothe did better
® 732 (Tony Waterlow, Paul Hackett, Colin by leading the ´7. Declarer ducked and
´ K Q 10 7 6 ´ AJ952 Simpson, David Price, Gunnar Hallberg, East’s card won the trick. Next came the ´8,
™ 7 N ™ 83 and Sweden’s Hans Gothe) were marching covered by the queen and king.
t K J 10 6 5 4 3 S t 97 all the way to the final. I was impressed by Uncertain who held the ´10, Hallberg
® Void ® KJ84 this defence in the semi-final between switched to the ®8. The spotlight was now
´ 8 Pharon and Kutner: on Gothe. If he wins with the ace, declarer
™ Q 10 9 5 2 will have nine tricks. West’s ®8 had pro-
t 2 claimed a bad suit, however, and Gothe
® A Q 10 9 6 5 N/S Game. Dealer: West. correctly played low on the trick. Declarer
´ 5 won with the ®Q and ran the tJ to East’s
™ AJ984 king. This was the defenders’ fourth trick
West North East South t A Q 10 9 6 and Gothe promptly tabled the ®A for one
Witek Meckstroth Rodak Rodwell ® 32 down. A fine defence!
2´ Dble 4´ 5™ ´ KJ92 ´ 10 8 7 3 In the final the Pharon team was beaten
5´ Pass Pass 6® ™ 10 7 5 N ™ K6 111-64 IMPs by France’s Patrick Grenthe,
Pass 6™ Dble All Pass t 732 S t K84 Guy Lasserre, Francois Leenhardt, Patrice
® 985 ® A 10 6 4 Piganeau, Philippe Poizat and Philippe Van-
West’s 2´ showed a two-suiter. Over 4´ I ´ AQ64 houtte. So, the England Seniors added a set
expected Rodwell to bid 4NT, showing ™ Q32 of silver medals to their several recent
two places to play. Rodwell went straight t J5 medals in international championships.
to 5™, confident of support in the other ® KQJ7 Our congratulations to them!
major. Over West’s 5´, he bid his other The championships ended with three
suit and ended in 6™. An air of mystery further pairs events. The gold medallists
descended when East doubled the slam. West North East South in the Open final were Artur Gula and
Was this intended as Lightner? Hallberg Stasica Gothe Wala Mikolaj Taczewski of Poland, with David
Without the double, West would doubt- Pass 1™ Pass 1´ Bakhshi and Tom Townsend in 13th place.
less have tried his luck with the lowest spade Pass 2t Pass 3® The Netherlands’ Carla Arnolds and Bep
(the ´6). If partner could read it as lowest Pass 3t Pass 3NT Vriend took gold in the Women’s final,
from five, he would treat it as suit preference All Pass with England’s Catherine Seale and
for a club return. After East’s double it was Catherine Jagger 19th. Aleksander Jezioro
not so easy for Witek — he could ‘see’ a void The first five bids were the same at the other and Jerzy Russyan of Poland won gold in
diamond in the East hand! table, but then Hackett (South) bid 3™. the Senior final, with England’s Tony
To gasps from the spectators on Vu- Waterlow bid 4™ and easily made the con- Waterlow and Paul Hackett in 11th place.
graph, West led the t3. Rodwell surveyed tract, East scoring his three honour cards. Congratulations to them all. r
this card like a golden eagle spying a vole.
West’s long minor was surely diamonds and
an opening lead of the lowest spot-card
could only denote a void club. There was no
need to risk a finesse of dummy’s tQ. ‘Ace,
please,’ said Rodwell. After drawing trumps,
he played a club to the nine and was soon
claiming an overtrick for +1310.
The eventual finalists in the Open
Teams were Michel and Thomas Bessis,
Josef Piekarek and Alexander Smirnov
(France / Germany), playing against the
USA’s Jim Mahaffey, Eric Rodwell, Jeff
Meckstroth, Sam Lev, Jacek Pszczola and
Gary Cohler. It seemed all over when the
European team led by 51 IMPs. No, the
Americans stormed back and won by 155-
In the women’s final, Turkey’s Kapadokya
team (Mine Babac, Dilek Yavas, Serap Kura-
noglu, Lale Gumrukcuoglu) led throughout Senior Teams silver medallists: from the left, Colin Simpson, Tony Waterlow, Hans Gothe,
against a very strong Netherlands I squad Paul Hackett, Gunnar Hallberg and David Price. The team was supported by
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