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February 2018 English Bridge

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E/W Game. Dealer West.

´ Q 3 2

™ Q 10 9 7 6 5 4

t 4

® Q 6

´ 6 4 ´ A K 10 8

™ J 8 3 ™ A

t A Q 10 9 7 t K J 8 6

® 7 4 2 ® A J 8 3

´ J 9 7 5

™ K 2

t 5 3 2

® K 10 9 5

N

W E

S

West North East South

Selway Roper

Pass 3™ Dble Pass

4t Pass 4™1 Dble

Pass Pass Redble Pass

5t2 All Pass

1 Strong hand

2 Slam try

West North East South

Ye Kennedy

Pass 3™ Dble Pass

4t Pass 4™ Dble

6t All Pass

After Will's redouble, Louise could have bid a

Lebensohl-like 4NT to show a weaker hand or 6t

directly to show a stronger hand. This excellent

method allowed them to land precisely in 5t, which

made comfortably.

This was the auction in the other room:

Without our team's methods, the Netherlands

East/West overbid to 6t. I led a heart. Declarer won,

crossed in trumps, ruffed a heart, crossed in trumps

again and ruffed his last heart. South had to find a

'discard' on this trick and Stephen underruffed to

defeat the contract. As the cards lie a club discard

would also work, but the underruff might have been

necessary as declarer could have started with three

spades and two clubs. As the play went, South was

not put to the test, but declarer might have tried a

different line. Playing for a partial elimination,

declarer ruffs out the hearts and spades, but only

draws one round of trumps. Then he plays ace and

another club. If North wins the trick, the hand is

over. With only hearts left to play, North must

deliver a ruff and discard! Dummy ruffs and

declarer discards his losing club. This line is better

but not guaranteed to work. For the defence to

succeed they must stop North gaining the lead.

After the ®A, it is not good enough for South to rise

with the king, as this promotes the ®J in dummy.

The only way to avoid the endplay is for North to

unblock the ®Q, thus allowing South to gain the

lead with the ten. I'm glad that I wasn't put to the

test!

The Channel Trophy was enjoyable and a learning

experience for all of us. The next events will be the

Junior Camrose and Peggy Bayer Trophy, with

England as defending champions for both.

As part of the training and preparation for

international competitions, the U26 squad leader,

David Bakhshi, has arranged an online league for

the U26 players. Over the past few months, six

teams of four battled against each other in 16 board

matches. After each match, David would comment

on the play and bidding, and this has been very

helpful. With the first season over, a winner has

been crowned. Team Bailey (Olivia Bailey, Ewa

Wieczorek, Jonathan Derrick, Oliver Powell) topped

the leaderboard and as a reward will play a match

against the Canadian U26 team.

David also arranged a practice match for the U26

team against the Black team (Andrew Black, Gunnar

Hallberg, Phil King, Derek Patterson). Black won

62-37, but this was also a great experience and we

appreciated having the opportunity to play against

such a strong team. r

U26 Silver medallists: Louise Selway, Will Roper,

Kripa Panchagnula, Jonathan Clark, Stephen

Kennedy, Tony Ye, David Bakhshi (coach),

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