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England Youth

REPORTS

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THIS summer a team of English juniors North South

travelled to Poland to take part in the Paul Robertson

European Youth Pairs, held in three 1♦

categories: Girls (U26s), Schools (U21s) 2♣ 3NT

and Juniors (U26s). England had nine pairs 4♦ 4♥

competing, thanks to assistance from the 4NT 5♦ Michael Byrne

Educational Trust for British Bridge and 5♥ 5♠

the EBU Youth and Education Trust. 7♦ All Pass

The competition was tough: there were Tom took the plunge and bid 6♥; if Ed

three days of bridge, 60 boards a day in 10- James introduced his clubs before support- had a void in spades (possible, with the op-

board sessions – not for the faint hearted! ing diamonds over 3NT (18-19 HCP), and ponents hiking to the five level on minim-

The first day you needed to end in the then a cue-bid and Roman Key Card Black- um values) then the slam might even make.

top 50% of the pairs, not that easy when wood followed. James probably should This was the full deal:

the competition was mostly made up of have bid 6♣ over 5♠, asking partner: ‘Do

top Polish pairs, armed to the teeth with you have third-round control in clubs, the

their Polish Club (could be weak, could be queen or a doubleton?’ but never one to be Dealer South. Love All.

strong . . .) and Wilcoscz 2♦ opening. shy he leapt to seven, and Graeme brought ♠J3

This was a fascinating hand from the it home. ♥AQ9

first session of the pairs: Many pairs struggled with this deal and ♦ A 10

one English pair actually played in an ♣ A Q 10 7 6 3

embarrassing 3NT! ♠ AKQ8765 ♠ 10 9 2

Dealer South. Love All. ♥ Void W

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♥J42

♠A86 ♦ QJ52 S ♦K987

♥6 ♣ 82 ♣K54

♦J874 ♠4

♣AKJ85 ♥ K 10 8 7 6 5 3

♠ 10 9 ♠ J543 ♦643

♥ Q7543 W

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♥ KJ82 ♣J9

♦ 63 S ♦ 10 9 2

♣ Q972 ♣ 10 4

♠KQ72 Photo: Sandra Landy 5♠ was easy to make, so Tom’s sacrifice in

♥ A 10 9 6♥ paid dividends. It worked even better

♦AKQ5 Fiona Brown – Susan Stockdale when, after East doubled, West woodenly

♣63 At the end of the first day England had one tried to cash two rounds of spades. Ed ruf-

of two pairs through to the Girls’ semi-final fed, drew trumps and took the club finesse

and three of five pairs had qualified for the – one off, but a 75% score.

As can be seen, 7♦ will make easily U21s semi-final, though both U26 pairs had Of the nine English pairs competing, one

enough by ruffing two clubs in hand, but fallen at the first hurdle. But it was not yet reached the Girls A final, one the U26s A

was it possible to get there? over! final, and two the U21s A final, so we were

The unusual rules of the competition well represented. Our best results were

permitted the top five in the B semi-final to Fiona Brown – Susan Stockdale (5th in the

end up back in the main A final, and Tom Girls’), and James Paul – Graeme Robertson

Paske and Ed Jones were determined to claw (6th in the U21s). Rob Myers and Ben Paske

their way back in. This was a tricky board won the U21s Consolation final.

that they got right. By the time you read this, the England

As North at Love ♠J3 team will be on its way to China for the

All, Tom held the ♥ AQ9 Under 21s World Championship for which

hand on the right ♦ A 10 they qualified in 2007. Let’s hope all the

Photos: Jeff Morris and saw the bidding ♣ A Q 10 7 6 3 practice they put in helps them to bring

start 3♥ – (4♠). His home the goods. Good luck to Adam

Graeme Robertson – James Paul first call was easy: Hickman – Daniel McIntosh, Ed Jones –

James Paul and Graeme Robertson showed he supported partner by going to 5♥. The Tom Paske, Rob Myers – Ben Paske with me

it was with this simple auction: auction continued (5♠) – Pass – (Pass) – ? as captain and Alan Shillitoe as coach.

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