England had a fantastic start playing in the
Camrose Trophy, the competition between the
teams of the 'home nations' in early January.
The team scored just over 90 VP out of a
possible 100 VP in five matches. Ireland were
second with 66.14 VP. Playing for England
(pictured, left to right) Artur Malinowski, Janet De
Botton, Tom Townsend, Glyn Liggins, Peter
Hasenson (NPC), David Bakhshi & Alex Hydes.
The second and concluding weekend of play
will take place in Belfast from 6-8 March.
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singleton. North looked at East's hand and then
spread three fingers of his right hand on his left
wrist. The message was not lost on declarer, who led
the jack of trumps from dummy and ran it.
Massimo Lanzarotti (dummy) and Andrea
Buratti (declarer) were called to appear before a
Disciplinary Committee. The committee found
Buratti's explanation - 'diamonds have been
breaking badly all week' - unsatisfactory and
On the very few occasions I have played with
screens I found it an enjoyable experience. The only
downside is that you don't have the auction laid out
in front of you while the tray is the other side of the
screen. You have to retrain your brain to do what it
used to do before bidding boxes were invented -
remember the auction!
My thanks to all the directors and players who
provided the anecdotes. Let us finish with a story I
found on the bridgedailybulletins.nl website, where
all the major championship bulletins are being
archived. This is an extract of Svend Novrup's
report on a deal from the Denmark-Finland match
in the European Championships in 1993.
After a complicated slam sequence the tray was
pushed through to the South side, where it
remained for several minutes. North and East were
puzzled and wondered what the problem could be.
What was happening was that the Danish South bid
6´ and West asked South if he could have a short
toilet break. South agreed and said he would come
too. While they were there, West asked South about
a couple of bids.
'They're Danish Trelde asking bids.' explained
'Oh, I have read about those.' said the Finn. ' So,
North will have two aces and the tK.'
'Yes, that's right. And she gave a negative response
to 5NT, so she will have nothing more.'
'I lead the ™J, will that bother you?'
'Not at all. You see I hold seven spades to the aceking-queen,
a doubleton heart, a singleton
diamond, and three clubs to the ace-king. I discard
a heart on the tK and make 12 tricks if there is not
They zipped up and returned to the table, where
North and East were now more than impatient.
West added a pass and the tray was finally pushed
back. After two more fast passes, West led the ™J, the
flap was lifted and, while North was tabling her
cards, South leaned towards West and asked:
'Are you squeezed?'
West said 'No', and he and South returned their
cards to the board and wrote 12 tricks on their
scorecards. North and East were mystified; little did
they know that they would soon be in the Guinness
Book of Records for participating in the first
Championship deal played in a loo! r
PREMIER GRAND MASTER
Alan Nelson, Manchester
on becoming a
Premier Grand Master
the English Bridge Union's highest rank,
requiring a minimum 1,500 Green Points
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