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Game All. Dealer West.

´ A K 6 3 ´ Q

™ A Q J 4 ™ 10 2

t K J 5 4 t A Q 8 6 3

® 2 ® A J 10 8 7

West North East South

Sime Selway Matheson Penfold

Pass 2NT Pass 3®

Pass 4® Pass 4™

Pass 4NT Pass 5t

Pass 5™ Pass 6™

Pass 6´ All Pass

West North East South

Kendrick Haase Forrester Murdoch

Pass 4´ All Pass

T

he 2018 Teltscher Trophy (the senior

Camrose) was contested at the Beaufort Park

Hotel, near Mold in Wales. England was

represented by Sandra Penfold, Norman Selway,

Tony Forrester, David Kendrick and Brian Senior.

They faced Scotland when this potential slam deal

arose:

Scotland wins Teltscher Trophy

2018 Teltscher Trophy by David Bird

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Game All. Dealer South.

´ A K 7 2

™ Q 4 2

t A K 7 6 5

® 4

´ 10 9 6 ´ 4

™ 8 5 3 ™ 10 9 7 6

t 10 9 2 t Q J 8 4 3

® K 9 6 2 ® A Q J

´ Q J 8 5 3

™ A K J

t -

® 10 8 7 5 3

N

W E

S

N

W E

S

Selway's 2NT was Jacoby, showing a game-forcing

hand with at least four spades. Roman Key-card

Blackwood located one key-card, then the ´Q and

the ™K. How would you play this excellent slam

when West leads the t10?

Sandra Penfold chose to establish the North

hand. She ruffed the diamond lead, crossed to the

´A and ruffed a second diamond with the ´8. It was

then essential to lead a club, clearing a route to the

North hand (to draw the last trump after ruffing a

third diamond). When declarer played the ´Q and

East showed out, the contract was in danger.

Suppose she crossed to the ™Q and ruffed a third

diamond with the ´J. East would then win the first

club and give partner a diamond ruff.

Penfold chose to lead a club instead and the

spotlight fell on West. If Iain Sime rose with the ®K,

he could remove declarer's last trump and beat the

slam. When he played low, East won the trick and

had no trump to play. Declarer ruffed the diamond

exit, crossed to the ™Q and drew the last trump to

claim +1430.

John Murdoch opened 2´, advertised as 'spades

and a minor, less than an opening bid'. As I see it,

this was poorly judged. With a full 11-count and a

side void, the hand has good playing potential and

merits a 1´ bid. Gerald Haase saw no need for a

slam try facing a 2´ opening.

Unlike at the other table, declarer chose to set up

the South hand. This was a better idea since declarer

had three heart entries to his hand. He won the

diamond lead, throwing a club, and conceded a club

trick. After winning East's trump return it was easy

to ruff two clubs, draw trumps and discard the last

club on the tK. That was +680 and England gained

13 IMPs.

When England faced the Welsh Bridge Union

(second Welsh team), they had much the better of

the bidding on another slam deal:

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