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N/S Game. Dealer South. the Adams & Remers

♠K986 Mixed Pivot Teams

Heather Dhondy ♥832

♦KQ9 The congress begins and ends with one of

♣ 10 7 2 the two main events on each weekend, the

ASK a passer-by what images the mention ♠ A54 ♠ J 10 7 3 pairs and the teams. However, in between


of the seaside resort of Brighton conjures ♥ 10 6 5 4 W E

♥AK7 there is an increasingly popular selection

up and they will reply with, perhaps, party ♦ A 10 S ♦874 of Mid-week events to participate in, one

political conferences, or the mix of grand ♣ A954 ♣Q63 of which was the newly sponsored Adams

historic buildings, fashionable boutiques, ♠Q2 & Remers Mixed Pivot teams. Adams &

and a buzzing nightlife. The burnt out pier, ♥QJ9 Remers are a local firm of solicitors, one

or the beautiful Lanes, perhaps even the ♦J6532 member of which is the notable bridge

London to Brighton cycling race. To a ♣KJ8 player Geoffrey Wolfarth, who instigated

bridge player, Brighton means only the sponsorship, for which the EBU is

one thing: the EBU’s flagship event, the most thankful.

Brighton Summer Congress. West North East South

Gold J. Moore Bakhshi A. Moore

The first weekend: Pass

the Swiss Pairs 1♣1 Pass 1♠ Pass

1NT2 Pass Pass 2♦

Pass Pass Dble All Pass


At least two cards


11-13 points

David Bakhshi realised that, with their

combined point count, 1NT was very

likely to make an overtrick, therefore

Photo: EBU

defeating this contract by a trick would

not be a good result for him, so despite

holding just three diamonds (and his 1♠

Photo: EBU

bid had not denied diamonds) he gambled Three of the Adams & Remers Mixed Pivot

on a double. Teams winners: (from the left) Andrew

The defence had to be spot on. A heart Murphy, Bryony Youngs, Michael Byrne

Simon Cope, who won the Swiss Pairs with lead won by Bakhshi was followed up with a

John Atthey, and was also in the winning trump switch and continuation. The last The winners of this event were Bryony

team in the Mid-week KO Teams trump was drawn, David Gold discarding a Youngs, Michael Byrne, Ben Green and

spade, and a heart was led to Bakhshi’s ace. Andrew Murphy. One feature of playing a

The Swiss Pairs took place on the first Provided the defence avoided leading clubs pivot teams is that you will find yourself

weekend, won by Simon Cope and John at any point they were assured of two tricks playing with unfamiliar partners, and when

Atthey by an impressive margin of 15 VPs. in the suit, so Bakhshi simply exited with a the big hands come along you may wish

Behind them there were several closely third heart. Declarer now tried the queen of that you had all your usual agreements

placed pairs including David Bakhshi and spades, but Gold won, and again exited with more fully discussed. The following grand

David Gold, whose 15-5 VP win over Jane the same suit that declarer had led. A club to slam board generated many results, from

and Andrew Moore was assisted by the the jack and ace left Gold with one further 2♦ (a misinterpreted Michaels’ cue-bid)

following board. It is a perfect example of crucial exit card, the thirteenth heart, and and 5♣ (a misinterpreted Exclusion Key-

how the best pairs players can generate a declarer, stuck in hand, had to concede a card bid), both failing, to the grand slam

good result from aggressive doubling club to Bakhshi. One down, and that was being bid and made. Our winners showed

followed by tight defence. worth 158 match-points out of 158. us all how to bid it:

24 English Bridge October 2008


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