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N/S Game. Dealer North.

´ 5

™ 10 9 5 4

t 9 8 6

® J 9 7 4 3

´ J 10 6 ´ A K 4 2

™ Q 6 ™ K J 7 3 2

t K 10 5 2 t A J 3

® A Q 6 2 ® 8

´ Q 9 8 7 3

™ A 8

t Q 7 4

® K 10 5

N

W E

S

West North East South

Wieczorek Covill

Pass 1™ 1´

Dble All Pass

N/S Game. Dealer East.

´ A Q J 2

™ 10 4 3 2

t Q 10 5 2

® 4

´ - ´ 10 6 5 4

™ 9 ™ A K Q 7

t K J 9 7 6 4 3 t -

® A K Q 5 2 ® 10 9 8 7 3

´ K 9 8 7 3

™ J 8 6 5

t A 8

® J 6

N

W E

S

West North East South

Hutton Kritsalis

Pass Pass

1t Pass 1™ Pass

2® Pass 4® Pass

6® All Pass

While South's spades were poor, in practice the

overcall was routine. Wieczorek led the ´J to East's

king, and she switched to her singleton club. West

won the ®Q and played the ™Q, ducked, and a

second heart. Declarer won and played a trump.

West won the ´10, and switched to a low diamond.

Covill won the tA, continued with the tJ and

another diamond. Wieczorek knew the last

diamond would not cash so switched to the ®A and

gave her partner a club ruff. With the ´A still to

come that was +1100. An initial heart lead might

have scored 1400, but 1100 was good for a 12 IMP

swing when Megan Jones managed to get out for

only -500 in the other room when the defence failed

to take all their tricks.

Both teams found the low point count slam on

this deal in the U26 Open competition.

Kritsalis bid a descriptive 4® as a passed hand,

showing invitational values with enough

distribution and extra trump length to justify

bypassing 3NT. Hutton could now infer that there

would be little spade wastage and bid the slam,

taking all 13 tricks. In the other room, the Dutch

pair had a gadget for the West hand, opening 4NT

showing both minors. East bid 6®, declining

investigating a grand slam on the basis that a 5™

control bid would advertise a spade lead where

there might have been two quick losers on a

different layout. South led a heart against 6® and

declarer drew one round of trumps before ruffing a

diamond. He now crossed to dummy, drawing the

outstanding trump, and claimed when the tA fell

upon ruffing a second diamond, for a flat board.

The full U26 team was Oliver Powell & Charlie

Bucknell; Aaron Hutton & Filippos Kritsalis; Ben

Norton & Eshan Singhal; NPC: David Bakhshi. r

U21 Winning team, from left: Elisabeth Gahan,

Michael Byrne (NPC), Sam Anoyrkatis,

Andy Cope, Harry Madden, Oscar Selby,

Theo Anoyrkatis

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