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Brighton

REPORTS

Seniors

Congress

THIS year eighty-six pairs contested the East when West showed out on the second

Seniors Pairs which was won by Nissan round. A diamond return would have held

Rand, a frequent visitor from Israel, and Irving Gordon to ten tricks, but East chose Tony Gordon

Irving Gordon. You need skill and luck to a club instead which allowed declarer to

do well in a pairs event as exemplified by cash his black suit winners, ending in

the deal below from the semi-final: dummy, and squeeze West in the process.

In the three-card ending, West kept the N/S Game. Dealer South.

♥A and ♦K-9 and was thrown in with ♠Q

E/W Game. Dealer East. dummy’s ♥7 to lead away from his ♦K ♥J86

♠ A K 10 8 7 2 and give declarer an eleventh trick. ♦J4

♥J7 ♣ Q 10 9 8 6 4 2

♦Q4 ♠ 762 ♠ 10 9

♣ A K 10 ♥ 10 9 7 3 W

N

E

♥KQ542

♠ 3 ♠J964 ♦ 10 S ♦AK952

♥ A Q 10 9 5 3 W N E ♥ 8 ♣ AKJ75 ♣3

♦ K963 S ♦ J 10 5 ♠AKJ8543

♣ 76 ♣J9854 ♥A

♠Q5 ♦Q8763

♥K642 ♣ Void

Photo: Stephen Woodd

♦A872

♣Q32

West North East South

1♠

West North East South 2♣ Pass 2♥ 3♦

Rand Gordon Mike Hill 3♥ Pass 4♥ 4♠

Pass Pass Pass Pass Dble All Pass

2♥ 2♠ Pass 2NT EBU Treasurer, Mike Hill, was another

Pass 3NT All Pass declarer who found a route to eleven There are other roads to 4♠, and this

tricks. At his table West opened 2♥, his auction was probably more informative

partner doubled and he bid 3NT. How- than most. West led a top club; declarer

ever, West eschewed a heart lead in favour ruffed and played the three of diamonds to

of the three of diamonds and dummy’s the ten, jack and king. When East switched

queen won the first trick. As West was to a trump, declarer won in dummy and

marked with a large number of red cards, played the diamond four, but East followed

spades were likely to break badly, so at with the two and when West ruffed the six

trick two declarer led the two of spades of diamonds declarer had to lose two more

from dummy and when an unsuspecting diamond tricks for one down.

Photo: Peter Hasenson

East played the four he covered with the That was a poor effort by both South and

five, and was delighted to see West follow East. After the first round of diamonds

helplessly with the three. declarer knows he has only two more losers

in the suit, the ace and nine, so at trick four

Senior Teams he should cross to the ace of hearts and

Irving Gordon draw the remaining trumps to ensure he

Fifty-two teams played eight 8-board only loses three diamond tricks. However,

West led the ten of hearts (the heart queen matches over the course of two days, and East should also be aware of the diamond

would have been a better choice given the the winners were David Dickson, Mike Hill, position, so instead of playing a trump he

bidding) against 3NT and dummy’s jack Roger Edmonds and David Stimson. should give his partner a diamond ruff and

won the trick. Declarer now played a The last deal of the event caught some then sit back and wait for his other two

spade to the queen and ducked a spade to players napping: diamond tricks.

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