44 English Bridge February 2018 www.ebu.co.uk
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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t 10 6 5
® A K Q 6 2
´ 7 4 ´ 10 3 2
™ K J 7 ™ 8 5 3 2
t J 9 4 3 2 t Q 7
® J 10 4 ® 9 8 5 3
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t A K 8
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West North East South
1´ Pass 2™
Pass 3®1 Pass 3´
Pass 4®2 Pass 4t
Pass 5™3 Pass 5NT4
Pass 6t5 Pass 7´
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