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ast year's Channel Trophy was held in

Utrecht, Netherlands in mid-December and

was contested by teams from England,

France, Netherlands and Belgium. England had a

fair showing overall, winning the U21 category and

finishing second in the U26 Women competition.

My team had a tough weekend in the U26 category

and finished in 4th place. With all three

partnerships representing England at the

international level for the first time, this was vital

experience that helps us prepare for the upcoming

Junior World Championships to be held in Italy.

The U21 team had a poor start, losing their first

match heavily, but won all five of their remaining

matches to finish top of the table. This was a crucial

hand in the final set of nine boards against secondplaced

France.

Juniors Go Dutch

Channel Trophy 2019 by Eshan Singhal

Love All. Dealer East.

´ A Q J 9 7

™ 9 7 4

t K J 8

® 7 6

´ 10 2 ´ K 6 3

™ J 10 6 3 2 ™ K 5

t A Q 10 5 t 9 6 3

® K 8 ® 10 9 4 3 2

´ 8 5 4

™ A Q 8

t 7 4 2

® A Q J 5

N

W E

S

West North East South

S Anoyrkatis Gahan

Pass 1®

1™ 1´ Pass 1NT

Pass 2®1 Pass 2t2

Pass 2´3 All Pass

1 Asking partner to bid 2t

2 Forced

3 Invitational with five spades

South showed good judgement by passing 2´,

with poor shape and the ™AQ devalued by the

overcall. This came in with an overtrick for +140.

At the other table the NS pair bid to 3NT so there

were IMPs on the table for both sides. The defence

did a good job of making declarer's life hard. West

(Harry Madden) led a low heart. Declarer ducked

East's king to limit communication between the

defensive hands. He won the heart continuation

and took a spade finesse which East (Oscar Selby)

ducked smoothly. It was natural for declarer to try a

club finesse now since he would make his contract

if either black king was onside. West took the ®K

and cleared hearts. When declarer tried another

spade finesse Oscar won and put his partner in with

the tA to cash out for two down.

From a double dummy point of view declarer

could succeed by continuing spades after the first

finesse won, or even by playing on diamonds after

winning the heart. Oscar did very well to duck the

first round of spades in order to give declarer a

reasonable losing line.

Congratulations to the U21 team: Oscar Selby &

Harry Madden; Liz Gahan & Sam Anoyrkatis; Andy

Cope & Theo Anoyrkatis; NPC: Michael Byrne.

In the U26 Women competition the French team

won all their matches to finish top of the table, and

the English women sneaked ahead of the

Netherlands and Belgium to finish in second place.

This was especially impressive considering they

were the only team of four in the event, and that one

pair is very young! Well done to Laura Covill & Ewa

Wieczorek; Megan Jones & Imogen La Chapelle;

NPC: Sally Brock. Good defensive cardplay ensured

the Womens team took a big penalty on this deal:

Junior Squads

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