REVIEWS Paul Bowyer Reviews
Andrew Robson’s BIDDING QUIZ
New Online ON each of the following problems,
you are West. What should you bid
Bridge Column with each hand on the given auction?
Julian Pottage gives his answers on
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CONGRATULATIONS TO . . . ®6
PETER Lee and Bob Rowlands (Surrey), Stuart McPhee and Chris Cooper (Oxford), and
Dave Franklin and Gerry Stanford (Sussex), who came respectively first, second and third in
the Corwen Trophy, the EBU tournament for leading pairs in the County Pairs Championships.
Also, well done to Steve Ray, Dave Roberts, Damian Hassan and Martin Kane, repre- Hand 6 W N E S
senting NEBA, for winning the Pachabo for County Teams of Four. Chris Wormleighton, ´ A K 10 9 8 1t Pass
Jim Deacon, Daniel Baines, Robert Miller, Mark Hodgson (Northants) were second, and ™Q7 ?
Chris Jagger, Julian Wightwick, Jonathan Mestel and Catherine Jagger (Cambs & Hunts)
The final of the Garden Cities for Club Teams of Eight was won by David Ewart, Gunnar ®KQ983
Hallberg, Gordon Rainsford, Don Goodwin, Tim Gauld, Paul Martin, Ryan Stephenson, Liz
Clery (Young Chelsea, London).
www.ebu.co.uk August 2011 English Bridge 41