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February 2018 English Bridge

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t time of writing, the Timber Trophy is well

underway in Bridge Club Live. This is the

world's only Double Elimination Knockout

Pairs and is run almost exactly as per the EBU

Spring Foursomes, with pairs not eliminated until

they have lost two matches. Our No 1 seeds,

Buckinghamshire's Ed Scerri and London's Gilly

Cardiff, who have won this event for the last two

years, have beaten myself and Leicestershire's Linda

MacFarlane in the final of the Undefeated Pool and

now have a bye before choosing their next

opponents from the last three once-defeated pairs. I

had watched Ed declare this board from his earlier

semi-final match against Yorkshire's Geoff Kenyon

(East) who was partnering a lady in the

Netherlands:

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Game All. Dealer West.

´ -

™ A Q 5 4 2

t Q 8 3 2

® J 6 5 2

´ K Q J 6 4 3 2 ´ A 10 5

™ 9 8 7 ™ K

t J 9 t A 10 7 6 5 4

® 10 ® K Q 4

´ 9 8 7

™ J 10 6 3

t K

® A 9 8 7 3

N

W E

S

´ -

™ A Q 5 4

t 8

® -

´ Q 6 ´ -

™ 9 8 7 ™ K

t - t 10 7 5 4

® - ® -

´ -

™ J 10 6 3

t -

® 8 N

W E

S

West led ´K, ruffed in dummy. The t2 was led

from table, East rising with the tA dropping the

tK and t9 from West. East led t6, declarer

discarded a spade and took the tJ with the tQ in

dummy.

At this point, declarer made the first key play of

the ®J from dummy to cater for the actual precise

club distribution in addition to any 2-2 break. East

covered and declarer overtook, pinning West's ®10.

Declarer ruffed his last spade in dummy and led

dummy's final trump, taken by East with the ®K.

East returned the ´A, ruffed by declarer, who now

took out East's last trump. We were here:

West North East South

3´ Pass 4´ Pass

Pass 4NT Pass 5®

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The auction at most tables saw North passing out

4´, which usually made. North's re-opening had

already won the board as 5®-2, achieved at two

tables, would bring in 77% for NS, but could Ed do

even better?

As declarer led the ™J, I predicted that he would

rise with the ™A and drop the singleton king offside,

but that didn't stop the gasps from some of the

other spectators when Ed actually did so. The play

so far had shown West to have a 7·3·2·1 shape

together with 7 HCP. If she had also held the ™K,

she would very likely have felt too strong to open

3´. The doubled contract made for an outright top.

Congratulations Ed!

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