The Young Chelsea L team (pictured, from left)
Neil Rosen, James Thrower, Andrew McIntosh and
Ali Ahmed) won the National Inter-Club KnockOut final by
11 IMPs in a tight match against the
Young Chelsea A team.
In addition to the players pictured, Joe Fawcett
and Szczepan Smoczynski played for the team in
earlier rounds of the competition.
The second-placed Young Chelsea A team
captained by Susanna Gross included Mike Bell,
Phil King, Paul Russell & Richard Bowdery.
The European Open trials have been won by
David Gold & Andrew Robson (pictured above).
They finished the final weekend with 133.69 IMPs,
with Alex Hydes & Ben Handley-Pritchard
(pictured below) in second place with 121.69 IMPs
- nearly twice the third-placed pair Mike Bell &
Ben Norton. The two top pairs automatically
qualify to represent England at the European
Championships in June, with one further pair to
be selected. The final four-day weekend was
played as a double round robin, and is expected to
produce the highest strength of field (average
NGS) of any event played in England.
The European Championships will be played in
Madeira at the end of June. It is one of the most
important events in the calendar. Only the top
eight countries qualify to play in the Bermuda
Bowl - the World Championships. The Europeans
produce some of the strongest teams in the world,
making it very tough to qualify.
For some of the players, including Alex & Ben
and Mike & Ben, the trials took place over three
long weekends starting in early November. Some
22 pairs competed to reach the top 12 to return for
three more days of trials at the end of November,
joined by a further four pairs who were eligible by
virtue of their standing. The 16 fought for the top
seven spots to join three more pairs (including
Gold/Robson) who were exempt until the final
round. Alex and Ben came third, second and
second over the three weekends - fully earning
their place at the top table.
February 2020 English Bridge
E/W Game. Dealer East.
West North East South
Pass 3´2 Pass 3NT
Pass 5® Pass 5t
Pass 6® Pass 7t
Dble 7™ Dble 7NT
Dble All Pass
1 Neither 20-22 nor balanced, but . . . 2 Clubs
or both minors
Not good enough, though, for at the other table:
North was just trying to play in his eight-card
suit, but South viewed matters differently and an
inelegant contract was the upshot. The defenders
cashed six black-suit tricks for a penalty of 1400,
and another 14 IMP swing was recorded. r
CHELSEA V CHELSEA NICKO FINAL
EUROPEAN OPEN TRIALS
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