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Paul Hackett started with king and

another club. Macdonagh ruffed East's ace

and led the t5 to the two, nine and jack.

Declarer won the heart shift with the ace

and guessed well to lead a trump to West's

queen and dummy's king. In addition to

six trumps and three hearts, he needed a

diamond ruff. (The bidding and the play

so far made it impossible that four heart

tricks were available.) 'Three of diamonds,

please.'

On this trick David Mossop contributed

the t7! Hackett was then able to win with

the t10 and deliver a heart ruff for one

down.

John Holland slipped an impossible 3NT

past the Swedish defenders on this board

from the penultimate match of the final:

majors, so England supporters were nerv ous

that declarer might take an early finesse

of the t10.

Holland cashed his spade winners and

(yes!) North discarded a diamond. He was

unlikely to do this from tJ-x-x-x but might

do so from tJ-x-x-x-x. Would declarer get

the diamonds right? Holland led a diamond

from his hand and called for . . . the king.

Four diamond tricks and the contract were

his. At the other table Simp son escaped for

one down in 4™ doubled (he was allowed to

ditch a diamond on the ®A) and that was 7

IMPs to England (reduced to 6 IMPs after a

ruling).

This match ended with England 19.61

VPs ahead of the second team. With one

match to play they were virtually cer tain to

win the event! It had been a truly excel lent

per formance. The medal winners were:

Gold: England 132.41

Silver: Sweden 119.80

Bronze: Poland 114.75

Three England teams headed for Croatia

and they all returned with medals. In the

fifty-one previous cham pionships, this feat

has been achieved only once before, by

France in 1995. Absolutely brilliant! r

17

August 2014 English Bridge

www.ebu.co.uk

Love All. Dealer East.

´ 9

™ 7 6 4 3

t 8 5 3 2

® A 10 9 6

´ A K Q 3 ´ 10 7 2

™ 9 8 ™ A 10

t A Q 6 4 t K 10 9

® 8 5 3 ® Q J 7 4 2

´ J 8 6 5 4

™ K Q J 5 2

t J 7

® K

West North East South

Holland Morath Hallberg Bjerregard

Pass 1´

1NT Pass 3NT All Pass

East-West held 25 points but nine tricks did

not seem very likely, particularly when

North led the ™7. South won dummy's ten

with the jack and returned the ™5 to the ace.

Holland called for dummy's ´10 and South

did not cover! The ten was run successfully

and declarer now had four spade tricks. He

needed four diamond tricks too. The cards

played suggested that South was 5-5 in the

N

W E

S

Gunnar Hallberg - John Holland

Photo: Peter Hasenson

Photo: Anna Gudge

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