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August 2018 English Bridge

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Open room

West North East South

Brock C. Rimstedt Brown Gronkvist

Pass Pass 5t All Pass

Closed room

West North East South

Larsson Senior Bertheau Dhondy

Pass Pass 1t 2™

Pass Pass Dble All Pass

RR-20, Board 28. N/S Game. Dealer West

´ J 10 9 6

™ A 5

t J 4 3

® K 10 4 3

´ K 8 5 ´ A 7

™ 10 9 7 6 2 ™ -

t 2 t A K 9 8 7 6 5

® A 9 7 2 ® Q J 8 6

´ Q 4 3 2

™ K Q J 8 4 3

t Q 10

® 5 N

W E

S

Open room

West North East South

Shelley J. Santos Ward R. Santos

1NT Pass

2NT Pass 3® Pass

3t 3´ Pass 3NT

Pass 4´ All Pass

Closed room

West North East South

Castano Cliffe Cruzeiro Mayo

1NT Pass

2´ 3´ Pass 4´

All Pass

RR-12, Board 30. Love All. Dealer East

´ K Q J 8 7 5

™ A 8 7

t 8

® 10 8 3

´ 9 ´ A 3 2

™ Q 9 4 2 ™ K 10 3

t 10 7 6 5 3 2 t A K J

® 9 7 ® Q 6 5 2

´ 10 6 4

™ J 6 5

t Q 9 4

® A K J 4

N

W E

S

Both England pairs did well on this board against

Sweden in the women's event:

The pragmatic 5t opening bid in third seat has

my full approval. South led the ®5. If declarer reads

this as a singleton, she can succeed by rising with

the ®A and playing the tA-K. She then leads the

®Q from hand, subsequently crossing to the ´K to

finesse against the ®10.

When a low club was played from dummy,

Rimstedt won with the ®K (®8 from declarer) and

had to do some card-reading of her own. If the lead

was from ®J-6-5, declarer might have a heart

discard available on the third round of clubs. If the

lead was a singleton, she should deliver the ruff

immediately. Rimstedt had no information on her

partner's hand after the 5t opening and decided to

delay her decision, playing the ™A. Not the best!

Brown ruffed and the game was made.

Larsson had nowhere to go after her partner's reopening

double and decided to defend. Bertheau

won the diamond lead with the tK and cashed the

tA. What should she do next, do you think?

The winning defence is to score the ®A and the

´A-K, waiting for a trump trick. East preferred to

lead a third round of diamonds, allowing her

partner to ruff dummy's tJ. This was not a success.

Dhondy discarded her singleton club and West had

to ruff from a natural trump trick. The 5-0 trump

break then worked in declarer's favour, because the

defenders could not take a spade ruff. It was +670 to

England and a gain of 14 IMPs. England won the

match 38-26.

Trevor Ward defended well here in the Seniors'

match against Portugal:

West had shown six diamonds and a weak hand,

North/South then bidding to 4´. Ward led the tA

and knew from partner's bidding that no further

diamond trick was available. Nor was there any real

prospect of a club trick or a second trump trick.

Two heart tricks would be needed and the suit had

to be played immediately, before declarer could

enjoy a discard on the clubs. Ward made a splendid

switch to the ™10 and the game went one down.

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