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August 2018 English Bridge

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FINAL RESULTS Total

1st SCOTLAND 147.67 VPs

2nd ENGLAND 131.71 VPs

3rd IRELAND 89.33 VPs

4th WALES 88.56 VPs

5th N. IRELAND 73.50 VPs

6th WBU 68.23 VPs

West North East South

Jones Selway Lamford Penfold

1® Pass 1™

Pass 2NT Pass 3®

Pass 3™ Pass 3NT

All Pass

West North East South

Kendrick Jarvis Forrester Forrest

1® Pass 1™

Pass 2NT Pass 3NT

All Pass

West East

Kendrick Forrester

1™ 2t

4®1 4NT2

5®3 5NT4

7t All Pass

1 splinter, 2 RKCB, 3 3 key-cards, 4 king-ask

After bidding to 7t, Forrester easily made 13

tricks. At the other table the WBU pair bid 1t - 5t.

England were full value for the gain of 17 IMPs.

When England played Wales there was a five-trick

discrepancy on this 3NT contract:

Game All. Dealer North.

´ A K 8

™ K 8 2

t K 2

® K Q 7 4 2

´ Q 9 7 6 ´ 10 5 4 3 2

™ A 9 3 ™ Q 5 4

t Q 9 8 5 t A J 6

® 8 6 ® 10 9

´ J

™ J 10 7 6

t 10 7 4 3

® A J 5 3

N

W E

S

Again declarer won the spade lead and crossed to

the ®J to play the ™J. When Kendrick played low,

Forrester won with the ™Q and cleared the spades,

declarer winning the third round. A club to the ace

was followed by the ™6. Kendrick won with the ™A

and led the ´7. Forrester left West on lead and a

diamond switch gave the defenders four diamonds

and the ´10 for five down. That was +500 and 15

IMPs to England.

In the final reckoning, England finished in second

place behind Scotland. r

The ´2 lead went to the jack, queen and ace and

it seemed certain that the contract would go down.

Selway crossed to the ®J and led the ™J. Gary Jones

rose with the ™A and could have added four

diamond tricks with a switch to the t5. He

returned the ´6 and declarer was up to eight top

tricks. He ran the clubs and on the fifth round Paul

Lamford had to discard from ´104 ™Q5 tAJ. Only

the ´10 would now be good enough.

Lamford discarded the tJ and Selway exited with

the ´8. The defenders took the ´10 and 9, declarer

retaining ™K-8 and tK. With only diamonds left,

West played a diamond to the king and ace, leaving

East to lead away from the ™Q. Two heart tricks

brought declarer's total to nine for +600.

One of the pairs convicted in 2016 of cheating by

the European Bridge League (EBL) was Fulvio

Fantoni & Claudio Nunes. They were banned

from playing together for life and from playing in

any EBL events for five years, with costs awarded

against them. They appealed against this to the

Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) which in

January announced that they set aside the EBL

decision. It did however say that this 'does not

mean that the Players are innocent of any

wrongdoing, it only means that the EBL did not

manage to prove to the comfortable satisfaction of

the majority of the Panel that the Players

committed an infraction…'

The Federal Appeal Tribunal of the Italian

Bridge Federation has in consequence lifted the

players' suspension, though the players have said

that they do not intend to play together. The EBL

is considering making changes to its eligibility

criteria for the future for its own championships.

UPDATE ON CHEATING CASES

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