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The England Seniors thank

Pharon Inde pend ent Financial Advisers

for their sponsorship and support.

(Deal repeated for convenience)

´ 5 4

™ J 9 8 5 4 2

t K 10 9 7 2

® -

´ 7 3 ´ A J 9 8

™ Q 10 ™ A 6 3

t A Q 8 4 t J 6 3

® A Q 6 4 3 ® K 10 5

´ K Q 10 6 2

™ K 7

t 5

® J 9 8 7 2

West North East South

Smith Gronkvist Brock Ahlesved

Pass

1® 2™ Dble Pass

3® Pass 3™ Dble

Pass Pass Redble Pass

3NT All Pass

North led a heart to the king and Smith

won the heart return with her queen. A

club to the king brought unwelcome news

of a 5-0 break. Smith took a losing finesse

of the tQ and hearts were cleared, South

throwing a spade and declarer a club. When

South discarded another spade on the tJ,

Smith cashed the ´A and threw her in with

the ´J. South had to lead a club from the

jack (giving declarer a ninth trick) and

North subsequently surren dered an over trick

with an unnecessary diamond dis card.

The hard work at both tables brought

in 10 IMPs.

The leader-board for the last two

matches was incredibly close with four

teams (Netherlands, England, France and

Italy) often within a band of only 3 VPs.

With three boards to go in the final match,

any of these teams could have won gold or

filled the dreaded fourth place. The Nether lands

eventually pulled ahead of lowly

Esto nia to win gold, but England produced

a splendid 37-11 win against Norway to

claim the silver medals:

Gold: Netherlands 298.45

Silver: England 296.74

Bronze: France 294.24

Wonderful! I sometimes wonder if our

fabulous Women's team have any space

left in their over flowing medals drawer.

The Seniors Championship

Representing England were Paul Hackett -

David Mossop, Gunnar Hallberg - John

Holland and David Price - Colin

Simpson (NPC Simon Cochemé). The top

ten teams would qualify from the initial

twelve rounds of Swiss teams. England

finished sixth and would now play in the

final round-robin. David Price and Colin

Simpson con jured a big penalty from thin

air on this deal against Poland:

N/S Game. Dealer North.

´ Q 8 3 2

™ A Q 5 4 3

t 9 4 3

® 7

´ A 9 5 4 ´ K J 10 6

™ 10 9 2 ™ K J 8

t J 8 t A Q 7

® K 10 3 2 ® 9 6 5

´ 7

™ 7 6

t K 10 6 5 2

® A Q J 8 4

West North East South

Price Kowalski Simpson Romanski

Pass 1´ Pass

2´ Pass Pass 2NT

Dble Redble Pass 3t

Pass Pass Dble All Pass

It was no surprise when Romanski contest ed

the part-score with the Unusual Notrump

at his second turn. Price doubled to

say that he had fair defence for his 2´ raise.

South ended in 3t and Simp son admin N

W E

S

N

W E

S

istered a bold penalty double.

Price found the fine text-book lead of the

t8, aiming to reduce club ruffs in the

dummy. Simpson won with the ace and

returned the t7. Time stood still while

declarer considered his play to this trick.

Had West led the t8 from a doubleton

honour? Had East ventured a risky double

on a minimum opening hand, when hold ing

only tA-Q-7 or tA-J-7? Concluding

that 'No' was the likely answer to these

questions, Romanski finessed the t10.

Not the best! Price won with the tJ and

underled the ´A, leading the ´4 to

Simpson's ´10. A third round of trumps,

removing dummy's holding, was bad news

for declarer. A finesse of the ™Q lost and

declarer ruffed the spade return. A heart to

the ace was followed by a losing finesse of

the ®Q. Declarer ruffed the ´A return and

cashed the ®A-J. The defenders then

claimed the last two tricks with the ®10

and a heart. That was an 800 return from

what was, on the face of it, a 'bridge in the

fast lane' double. Brilliant defence!

One brilliant defence deserves another.

This deal is from the match against Ireland:

E/W Game. Dealer West.

´ K 10 3

™ Q 9 5 2

t 9 3

® 10 9 8 4

´ Q ´ J 8 2

™ J 10 7 6 3 ™ 4

t 10 4 2 t A K Q J 7

® K Q 6 5 ® A 7 3 2

´ A 9 7 6 5 4

™ A K 8

t 8 6 5

® J

West North East South

Hackett O'Brien Mossop Macdonagh

Pass Pass 1t 1´

Dble 2´ 3® 3™

Pass 4™ Pass 4´

All Pass

N

W E

S

David Price - Colin Simpson

Photos: Anna Gudge

Paul Hackett - David Mossop

Photo: Anna Gudge

Photo: Peter Hasenson

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