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losers, so Robson cue-bid in clubs. When

partner cue-bid in diamonds he bid 5´,

making it clear that he held no heart

control. With that suit under lock and key,

Forrester raised to 6´.

The ™6 was led to the 4, 7 and queen. At

trick two Robson led the tQ, covered by

the king and ace. He tells me that he would

probably have risen with the ace if there

was no cover. He ruffed a diamond low

and played two top trumps, dis covering

the 5-1 break. After crossing to a top heart,

Robson played the tJ, pleased to see a 3-3

break. He could then run the diamonds

until East ruffed, overruffed in the South

hand. After drawing trumps, Robson

returned to the other heart entry to score

the remaining diamonds. That was +1010

for all thirteen tricks.

Did England finish in the top nine in

Group B to qualify for the final? Yes,

indeed. They finished in first place, ahead

of Israel, Denmark, Poland and the

Netherlands. They carried forward their

scores against the fellow qualifiers and

would then face the top nine teams from

Group A.

14 English Bridge August 2014 www.ebu.co.uk

52nd EUROPEAN TEAMS CHAMPIONSHIPS

Absolutely Brilliant!

by David Bird

Other photos of England players

at the European Championships

are at http://goo.gl/sga7n0

THE 52nd European Team Championships

were held in Opatija, on Croatia's Adriatic

coast. England sent very strong teams for

the Open, Women's and Seniors' events

and hopes were high. The reward for a

top-six place in each category would be

qualification for the 2015 World Cham pionships

in Chennai, India.

The Open Championship

The England team was Tony Forrester -

Andrew Robson, David Bakhshi - David

Gold, Jason and Justin Hackett (NPC

Simon Cope, Coach Ben Green). The everincreasing

field was split into two groups

and England's first objective was to finish

in the top nine positions in Group B.

Andrew Robson was the only declarer to

make a slam on this deal against the Faroe

Islands: Love All. Dealer South.

´ 3

™ A K 9 4

t A J 6 5 3 2

® 7 6

´ 7 ´ 10 8 6 5 4

™ J 8 6 2 ™ 10 7

t K 10 7 t 9 8 4

® A Q 9 4 3 ® 10 8 2

´ A K Q J 9 2

™ Q 5 3

t Q

® K J 5

West North East South

Joensen Forrester Simonsen Robson

Pass 2® Pass 3´

Pass 4´ Pass 5®

Pass 5t Pass 5´

Pass 6´ All Pass

Forrester's 2® showed a game force

without three spades or five hearts.

Robson's 3´ rebid showed a solid suit (or

so he thought!). Over 4´, it was no use

bidding Blackwood with two top heart

With two matches still to play in the

final, the leaders were Monaco (198.50),

England (193.49), Israel (190.23) and

Germany (188.82). Yes, but England had

tough matches against Sweden and Monaco

to come. Sweden played wonderfully

against us, winning by 45-2 IMPs. After

this near-blitz it seemed that all chance of

a medal had gone. How wrong could I be?

Game All. Dealer: West.

´ K

™ K Q 10 2

t J 10 8 2

® K J 10 7

´ 8 4 2 ´ A 9 6 5

™ J 9 7 4 3 ™ 8

t 7 3 t A Q 4

® 4 3 2 ® A Q 9 6 5

´ Q J 10 7 3

™ A 6 5

t K 9 6 5

® 8

West North East South

Robson Fantoni Forrester Nunes

Pass 1NT 2® Dble

All Pass

Forrester's 2® showed showed clubs and

one of the majors. He ended in 2®

doubled and Nunes led the ®8 to the ten

and queen. At trick two Forrester made a

brilliant play . . . he led the tQ! Aiming to

let his partner win the trick, to play

another trump, Nunes followed with a low

card. Declarer continued with the tA and

a diamond ruff. North won a heart with

the ten and played the ´K to declarer's ace.

After a spade exit, Nunes scored two

winners in the suit and played another high

spade, ruffed with dummy's last trump

N

W E

S

N

W E

S

Tony Forrester - Andrew Robson

Photos: Anna Gudge

David Bakhshi - David Gold

Photo: Anna Gudge

Photo: Peter Hasenson

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