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August 2018 English Bridge

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West North East South

Padon Hegedus Birman Szegedi

1´ Pass 1NT 2t

2´ 3t All Pass

West North East South

Donati Livgard Duboin Aa

1´ Pass 1NT 2t

2´ 3t Pass Pass

3´ All Pass

West North East South

Brogeland Bocchi Lindqvist Sementa

1´ Pass Pass Double

Pass 2® Pass 2NT

Pass 3™ Pass 3NT

All Pass

Declarer did pretty well to take eleven tricks, and

that meant seven IMPs to Hungary. Now Norway

had to avoid disaster in the match against Italy, and

their North-South pair came safely through the

minefield:

When declarer, quite reasonably on the bidding,

chose to lay down ´A instead of using his entry to

dummy for a finesse, he went down two for 200 to

Norway. Finally:

The Italian South treated his hand as too strong

for a protective 1NT, and he reached the

theoretically-making game. But of course he didn't

make it - like his Israeli counterpart he won the

opening spade lead and played a heart. Three down,

150 to Norway, eight IMPs and, a short while later,

eight gold medals to their players, captain and

coach. r

MARTIN HOFFMAN

1929 - 2018

Martin was not just an outstanding card player, he

was also incredibly fast. Once, playing his teammates,

I took about 10 minutes on a terribly

difficult hand, receiving a unique rebuke from Gus

Calderwood for being slow! I went two down. In

the other room Martin took about two seconds to

find a 100% play.

His books on card play, starting with Tales of

Hoffman, were not only very instructive but also

incredibly entertaining and gave a flavour of the

life that he led. His successes were numerous, not

only with stars, but also producing fabulous

results with quite ordinary players. Sponsors

queued up to partner him, although he was not

always forgiving of partners' errors. However,

when Martin partnered Fritzi Gordon, beside

whom her lady partner Rixi was a lamb, he was

quiet as a mouse for the whole session.

Those who have read his autobiography will

know that he was a holocaust victim and survived

Auschwitz. It is impossible for others to imagine

such horrors and their effects, and certainly

Martin held no trust for security or savings. As a

bachelor, his love of 'investing' in horses and dogs

meant he often relied heavily on his friends, who

never failed him.

His marriage to Audrey changed that. Over

forty years, she ensured that he had emotional and

financial security for the first time since his

childhood. But she never wanted to prevent him

being Martin. He continued to play professionally

on the London circuit, regaling partners and

opponents alike with often repeated jokes and

rebukes about card play. His bidding, always more

instinctive than technical, did evolve somewhat

towards Solo, but his magical handling of the

dummy never faltered. Fittingly, he played bridge

until the day he died, passing away in his sleep that

evening. by Steve Eginton

The full obituary can be read on:

www.ebu.co.uk/biographies/martin-hoffman

Lengy, naturally enough, won the first spade and

played a heart, assuming from the bidding that West

had ™A - a view about the clubs could be taken

later.

Of course, East won the heart and returned a

spade, giving West six tricks in the suit. Down three,

150 to Hungary. At the other table East kept his

opponents out of game:

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