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The Jack High Swiss Pairs for players with an NGS

grade of Jack or below was won by Virginia

Crouch & Myra Tipping who finished one VP

ahead of Sue Ford & Paul Wiltshire. They are

pictured with Jerry Cope (EBU Treasurer).

The Sunday Mixed Pairs was won by Kevin

Castner & Marusa Gold and the Open Pairs by

Gunnar Hallberg & Phil King (pictured above).

Kevin and Marusa scored over 70% in their first

session and won by over 5% in the end; it was

closer in the Open Pairs with Gunnar and Phil

winning by a little over 1%.

The Swiss Teams on the final day had 86 teams

competing and was won by Black (Andrew Black,

David Gold, Andrew McIntosh & Phil King) who

finished on the same VP score as Brock (Sally

Brock, Gilly Cardiff, Ed Scerri & Barry Myers) but

won the title after the tie-splitting procedures

were applied.

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February 2020 English Bridge

N/S Game. Dealer West.

´ 10 9 7

™ Q 6 3

t J 9 2

® Q J 8 5

´ A K Q 4 3 ´ 8 6 5 2

™ K 5 ™ J 8 4

t 7 6 3 t Q 10 4

® A K 6 ® 9 7 3

´ J

™ A 10 9 7 2

t A K 8 5

® 10 4 2

N

W E

S

What do you think of West's final double? 2´ was

making for 110, but not 3´ unless the defence slip

up. Therefore, if 3™ was going one down, it needed

to be doubled for a good score since +100 would

not beat the 110s. This was the gamble that West

took, and given that -140 would have been a poor

pairs result for them anyhow, it seemed a reasonable

one to take. This is one of the big differences

between tactics at pairs and teams (or rubber

bridge) where you would not take that gamble for

fear of doubling them into game.

HEATHER'S HINTS

DWatch the opponents' count signals to help you

get an idea about the distribution of the hand,

they will usually signal honestly. The reason is

that, especially early on in the play, they will not

be certain who will benefit more from the

signal - their partner or declarer. It may enable

them to find the winning defence when

declarer has no chance to make the contract.

DJudging part-score competition is important at

pairs, and finding tight doubles, especially

when the opponents are vulnerable, is key to

getting good results. Plus 200 on a part-score

hand is usually a great result, but you need to be

prepared to occasionally concede -730 along

the way! r

LONDON YEAR END CONGRESS

The winners of the Swiss Pairs in London were

Alex Hydes & Lynton Stock (pictured above) who

won nine out of their 11 matches.

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