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REPORTS

2010 Camrose

second weekend

Obstructive bidding by England made life West North East South

awkward for Ireland and they ended up in Liggins Murchan Whittaker Burns

Tony Gordon 3NT played by South. That contract may Pass 1™

appear safe, but when Peter Crouch led a 2® 3® Pass 3t

spade, Derek Patterson deceptively won Pass 4NT1 Pass 5™2

THE second weekend of the 2010 Camrose with the ace and continued with a low spade Pass 6™ End

Trophy was hosted by the Northern Ireland to give Adam Mesbur a guess that he, not 1 Roman Key-Card Blackwood.

Bridge Union at the Park Avenue Hotel, unreasonably, got wrong when he followed 2 Two key-cards, no heart queen

Belfast, in March. As hosts of the second with the nine and lost the first five tricks.

weekend Northern Ireland were represent- 6™ was reached at all six tables, five times

ed by two teams this year with their second with South as declarer and once with

team designated ‘NIBU’. North as declarer. At the other five tables a

Fine performances by Ireland (100 VPs) club was led, so South’s spade loser went

and England (99 VPs) during the first away on a top club and only a diamond

weekend gave those two teams a clear trick was lost. However, at this table

Photo: Simon Cochemé

advantage going into the final weekend; Liggins unerringly selected the ace of

however, with Ireland’s Hugh McGann and spades as his opening lead and his king of

Tom Hanlon playing in the Australian Gold diamonds was the setting trick.

Coast Congress, England (Peter Crouch

and Derek Patterson, Glyn Liggins and

Willie Whittaker, Chris Dixon and Victor Derek Patterson

Silverstone, with Heather Dhondy as n.p.c.)

were the favourites to win the trophy. At the other table England bid 1™ – 1NT –

The two leaders faced each other in the 3NT; however, this time North was the

Photo: Peter Hasenson

first round and England gained an early declarer and East began with three rounds

advantage thanks to the deal below: of spades, so England scored +660 and

gained 13 IMPs.

The match was close throughout and

N/S Game. Dealer East. ended in a draw so Ireland stayed 1 VP

´ Q ahead. England had much the better of a Glyn Liggins

™ QJ high-scoring, error-strewn match against

t Q72 Northern Ireland in the next round and Another 25 VPs in the next match against

® K 10 9 7 6 4 2 emerged with a 25-4 VPs win. Glyn NIBU left England with a useful lead of 15

´ 10 8 6 5 2 ´ AK74 Liggins was the hero of the deal below from VPs over Ireland, and although they could

N

™ 10 8 5 W E ™ 94 the second half: only manage a come-from-behind 16-14

t K 10 4 S

t 98653 VPs win over Wales that saw their advan-

® Q5 ® 83 tage reduced to 11 VPs, a draw in the last

´ J93 Love All. Dealer East. round against Scotland would be enough

™ AK7632 ´ KQJ6 to see them home.

t AJ ™ AQJ9 England trailed early on against Scot-

® AJ t 10 3 land, but Ireland were having their own

® AK6 problems against Northern Ireland, and

´ A 10 9 7 ´ 8542 when England recovered to beat Scotland

West North East South ™ 5 N ™ 874 by 16-14 VPs they retained the trophy by

W E

Crouch Fitzgibbon Patterson Mesbur t K4 S t J62 the comfortable margin of 14 VPs.

Pass 1®1 ® Q J 10 8 7 4 ® 952

1´2 2® 3t3 3™ ´ 3 Final scores:

Pass 3´ Pass 3NT ™ K 10 6 3 2 1. England 196 VPs; 2. Ireland 182 VPs;

End t AQ9875 3. Wales 167 VPs; 4. Scotland 150 VPs;

1 Strong club 2 Natural or shortage ® 3 5. Northern Ireland 114 VPs; 6. NIBU

3 Pass or correct 83 VPs. r

10 English Bridge June 2010 www.ebu.co.uk

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