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West's 2´ showed diamonds and Cliffe arrived in

4´. Cruzeiro attempted to cash two diamonds

(expecting to score the ´A and ™K subsequently).

Declarer ruffed the second round and the game was

easily made. That was 10 IMPs to England, on their

way to a 60-10 win.

When dawn broke on the final day England were

in 6th place in the open championship, only 6 VPs

above the dreaded 9th place. They had three tough

matches to play, the first against the eventual gold

medallists, Norway.

Open room

West North East South

Brogeland Allerton Lindqvist Jagger

Pass 1´ 4t

4´ All Pass

Open room

West North East South

Robson Kvangraven Forrester Tundal

Pass 1´ 4t

4´ 5t Pass Pass

5NT Pass 6´ All Pass

RR-31, Board 9. E/W Game. Dealer North

´ Q 7

™ J 2

t 9 3 2

® J 9 8 4 3 2

´ A K 10 ´ J 9 8 6 3 2

™ K 6 5 4 ™ Q 10 9

t J 7 t A

® K 10 6 5 ® A Q 7

´ 5 4

™ A 8 7 3

t K Q 10 8 6 5 4

® - N

W E

S

Lindqvist won the tK lead, drew trumps in two

rounds and played a heart to the queen and ace.

When the ™3 was returned, he rose with the king,

dropping the jack, and claimed twelve tricks. If the

™J had not fallen, declarer had a possible heart-club

squeeze in reserve.

There was more bidding at the other table:

Kvangraven sacrificed in 5t. When this ran back

to Robson, he had two extra pieces of information.

North's raise indicated a diamond shortage in

Forrester's hand, perhaps even a void. Also,

Forrester's pass, rather than a double, meant that he

would not be averse to partner bidding further.

Robson bid further and some! His 5NT asked

partner to pick a slam and 6´ was reached. Declarer

would have no reason to finesse the pre-empter for

the ´Q, so it seemed that all would depend on

guessing who held the ™J. We will never know what

would have happened after a tK lead. Tundal led

the ™A. Forrester won the heart continuation, drew

trumps and claimed. It was 13 IMPs to England,

who went on to win the match 40-37.

These were the medal winners, along with the

England finishing positions:

FINAL RESULTS Total

OPEN 1st NORWAY 417.25 VPs

2nd ISRAEL 415.34 VPs

3rd RUSSIA 406.06 VPs

7th ENGLAND 381.80 VPs

WOMEN'S 1st POLAND 313.92 VPs

2nd SWEDEN 300.03 VPs

3rd NORWAY 275.10 VPs

5th ENGLAND 272.54 VPs

SENIORS' 1st FRANCE 287.87 VPs

2nd SWEDEN 261.30 VPs

3rd POLAND 256.31 VPs

7th ENGLAND 235.38 VPs

So, no medals but all three England teams had

qualified to play in the 2019 world championships

in China, a noteworthy feat.

When the Butler scores were posted,

Forrester/Robson were 7th overall with a very fine

+0.51 IMPs per board. Bakhshi/Malinowski and

Allerton/Jagger were 37th= with +0.18 IMPs per

board. In the women's championship, Brock/Brown

were 9th with +0.49 IMPs per board.

Dhondy/Senior were 14th with +0.37, and

Draper/Fawcett 20th with +0.26. All very good

numbers. In the seniors', Cliffe/Mayo were 6th with

+0.52 IMPs per board. Congratulations to all three

England teams! r

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