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his year's Channel Trophy was held at the

Bridge Club of Lille, France from the 14th to

16th December. Juniors from England,

France, Netherlands and Belgium competed in U26,

U26 Women and U21 categories.

The U26 team consisted of Jonathan Clark &

Kripa Panchagnula; Will Roper & Louise Selway;

Stephen Kennedy & Tony Ye; NPC: David Bakhshi.

It was the first time for Louise, myself and all three

partnerships to represent England Under 26.

Despite losing to the home team, France, the squad

won all their matches against Netherlands and

Belgium, eventually finishing second.

The U26 Women team consisted of Ewa

Wieczorek & Olivia Bailey; Siyu Ren & Laura Covill;

Hanna Tuus & Daisy Dillon; NPC: Alex Roberts.

After a rough start against France and Netherlands,

the English girls struck back, winning three out of

the four remaining matches. Despite their strong

second half, they had to be content with bronze.

There was, unfortunately, no ascenders prize.

The U21 team consisted of Oscar Selby & Harry

Madden; Theo Anoyrkatis & Andy Cope; Jack

Ronayne & Theo Gillis; NPC: Michael Byrne. Their

journey had been a roller coaster, reaching a peak

when they wiped out France, the eventual winner,

19-1, and diving steeply when, in the subsequent

match, they found themselves at the other side of

19-1 against Netherlands. When the dust had settled

they had finished third. Congratulations to France

for winning all three categories. A Lille Taste of Bridge

Channel Trophy 2019 by Tony Ye

Love All. Dealer North.

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West North East South

Clark Panchagnula

1´ Pass 2™

Pass 3®1 Pass 3´

Pass 4®2 Pass 4t

Pass 5™3 Pass 5NT4

Pass 6t5 Pass 7´

All Pass

1 Extras

2 Cuebid, serious slam interest

3 Exclusion Blackwood

4 One key card

5 Specific suit ask

Sadly this did not create a swing as it was matched

in outcome (but not in cunning) by the French

auction: 2®-2NT(showing four or more controls)3´-4®(?)-6®(!)-7´(!).

Both declarers ruffed a club,

drew trumps and made for a push.

Then this board came up in the match against

Netherlands. We had Will and Louise on the hunt

for a diamond slam, but good bidding judgement

allowed them to put the brakes on just in time:

The competition featured a large number of slam

deals. When this board came up in the first match

against France, Jonathan and Kripa had a beautiful

auction to a grand slam.

Youth Teams competing in Channel Trophy

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