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Game All. Dealer East. E/W Game. Dealer East. Really Easy Congress

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♥ A Q 10 9 8 6 ♥9 THE Really Easy Congress took place on

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♣ Void ♣AQ96 events. It is a first step into the compet-

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♥ K J 10 8 7 2 ture of play sessions and workshops,

♦ J64 S ♦ K Q 10 8 3 ♦ KJ754 S ♦8 and on Tuesday morning everyone had

♣ QJ876 ♣ A K 10 ♣ 74 ♣85 an opportunity to try ‘protective dou-

♠3 ♠7654 bles’ with Andrew Kambites.

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West North East South West North East South

Youngs Byrne Stuart T. Garvey Gerald T. Hill

1♦ Pass 2♦* Pass

Photo: EBU

Pass 2♦ 1 Pass 3♥ 3♥ 4♦ All Pass

Pass 5♣2 Pass 5♠3 1

Multi

Pass 7♥ All Pass

After three days of ‘really good

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Michaels cue-bid (both majors) At the Tredinnicks’ table, Stuart’s pre-

play’, George Wysocki and Margaret

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Exclusion Key-card Blackwood emptive 3♥ bid left Martin Garvey with a O’Donnell (in the picture above) came

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Two key cards (excluding ♣A), no ♥Q nasty problem. A double would run the top of the Victor Ludorum chart.

risk of partner jumping to four of a major Winners of the Pairs competitions

Michael Byrne avoided the traps of playing (he didn’t know Gerald’s suit yet) so in- (see front-cover pictures) were: Angela

in a Michaels’ cue-bid, or in the Exclusion stead he chose 4♦. If it wasn’t bad enough Adams – Leonie Pulford, Tim Hewson –

suit, and his 5♠ response was music to to miss the cold 3NT, 4♦ turned out to be Gloria Park, Leona Steenhuis – June

Bryony Youngs’ ears, locating the only two a tricky contract with a bad trump break Heard, Sandra Schneider – Stan

cards she was interested in. and was eventually defeated by one trick. Bennett, Alison McLean – Ina Oake,

At the other table, the going was a little Tina Anderson – Roy Vining, Florence

The second weekend: easier for Willans and Draper: and Headley Moses, Emma Jackson –

the Swiss Teams Pat Lewis, and Margaret O'Donnell –

West North East South George Wysocki.

One and a half days of Swiss served as a Howard Willans Bowles Draper

qualifier for the main and subsidiary finals, 2♥ Pass

with the remaining teams continuing in the Pass 3♦ Pass 3NT Draper converted to 3NT. The final double

Swiss for a final day. The final was a strong Dble All Pass may look ill-judged, but John Howard

event, won by the Kent team of Jeremy knew that the opponents were only going

Willans, Ian Draper, Stuart and Gerald When John Howard chose not to raise his to have the bare minimum in terms of

Tredinnick. The following deal gave the partner’s weak two, Jeremy Willans was high-card points, at best, given his partner’s

winning team a good result at both tables. able to bid a comfortable 3♦, which Ian vulnerable opening. He also knew that the

diamonds would not provide a source of

tricks, and the fact that he had three hearts

might also enable the defence to establish

them and still have communication to

cash them (if his partner held the ace). It

was a bit of a gamble, but the reward could

have been substantial – on a different day!

Ian Draper won the opening heart lead

and finessed the queen of diamonds. When

this held, he was assured of his contract.

However, he figured that the spade ace had

to be onside for the double, so he rubbed

salt into the wound by playing for an over-

trick, and led a spade to the king. Given

the result at the other table, this bold play

Photo: EBU

didn’t in fact gain an IMP.

The result was 12 IMPs for the Willans

team, who finished 10 VPs ahead of the

From the left: Stuart and Gerald Tredinnick, Jeremy Willans and Ian Draper field. Many congratulations to them.

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