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August 2014 English Bridge

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WORCESTERSHIRE WINS NATIONAL

INTER-COUNTY LEAGUES FINALS

THE National Finals of the Inter-County Leagues took place at the West Midlands

Bridge Club on Sunday 6th July.

Congratulations to

Worcestershire who

won the 'A' final,

Lancashire for winning

the 'B' final, and

to Sussex who won

the 'C' final. Pictured

are the Worcester shire

team (left to

right: Steve Allerston,

John Sansom, Richard

Jephcott [Captain],

Stewart Fishburne,

Nick Forward, Mike Willoughby, Ian Thompson and Simon Harrison).

cashed the ace of hearts, the ace and king

of clubs, and the ace and king of diamonds

before throwing East in with the queen of

spades. The position, with East on lead, is

shown in Layout D:

Layout D

´ 8

™ -

t 6 5

® 8

´ - ´ -

™ - ™ J 10 9 8

t 9 8 t -

® Q 10 ® -

´ 7

™ -

t Q

® 7 6

East now has the dubious pleasure of

leading a heart, which gives declarer a ruffand-discard

and at the same time catches

his partner in a trump squeeze.

South ruffs the jack of hearts, intending

to discard the losing club in dummy.

If West discards a diamond, declarer

unblocks the queen of diamonds, ruffs a

club and makes trick thirteen with the six

of diamonds.

Alternatively, if West discards a club,

declarer ruffs a club, re-enters his hand

with the queen of diamonds and takes

trick thirteen with the seven of clubs. r

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classic example of the days when the thrill

and romance of slam bidding overcame

the pragmatic approach of playing per cent age

bridge.

Layout C

N/S Game. Dealer North.

´ K 8 4 3

™ A 3

t A 6 5 4

® K 8 4

´ 10 5 ´ Q J 9

™ 6 4 2 ™ Q J 10 9 8 7

t 9 8 3 2 t J 10

® Q 10 5 2 ® J 9

´ A 7 6 2

™ K 5

t K Q 7

® A 7 6 3

West North East South

1t 1™ 1´

Pass 2´ Pass 3®

Pass 4´ Pass 4NT

Pass 5™ Pass 6´

All Pass

West led a heart. Declarer won with the

king of hearts and cashed the ´A-K. So far,

so good: all the fine play in the world

wouldn't have helped if spades were 4-1.

Now declarer spotted a slim chance. He

needed East to have the third spade and at

most two cards in each minor suit. He

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THE winner of our June com pe ti tion,

with the cap tion above, is Elaine

Newman of Arnsite, Carnforth, who

will re ceive a charming bridge mug

from our sponsors, Bridge and Golf

Gifts Direct (see page 34). Other

excellent cap tions were: I can't wait

for the Autumn Sim Pairs to come

around! (Bob Bates, Walsall); I would

not mind a game with him! (Lydia

Stanford, Hove); Did he come with a

member? (Adrian Gossage, Pembury);

So that's what a Roman Key Card looks

like! (Graham Tennison, Ash well); and

We must call in here again when we

come up for the Autumn Congress (Len

Macauley, Staining).

The cartoon for our new com pe ti tion

is below. Please send your

bridgy captions (multiple entries

accep ted) to Caption Competition,

<elena@ebu.co.uke, 23 Erleigh Road,

Reading RG1 5LR or by e-mail to

elena@ebu.co.uk not later than 20th

August 2014. Don't forget to include

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