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REPORT

Easter Festivals

LADY MILNE 2010 by Jeremy Dhondy of Bridge

THE juniors were sabotaged in their jour-

Winners

neys to and from the Channel Trophy last Game All. Dealer East. LONDON:

December by the wrong sort of snow and ´ 2

Under 19s: Alex Mitchell &

now the Lady Milne was affected by an ™ K Q 10 2 Rhys Horlock

obscure volcano in Iceland. Friday evening t Q 10 9 4 Under 25s: Joe Clacey &

play was cancelled and the Irish teams ® J982 Emily Middleton

arrived a bit late but having done pretty well ´ AK98 ´ 10 Mixed Pairs: David Gold &

to manage the journey at all. Both the EBU ™ 87 N ™ AJ6543 Catherine Seale

W E

and Manchester CBA’s Organising Com- t J752 S t AK8 Open Pairs: Michael Byrne &

mittee, chaired by Eve Lighthill, re-organ- ® A 10 7 ® K65 Graeme Robertson

Championship Pairs: Borislav Borison

ised swiftly and efficiently ensuring the ´ QJ76543

& Diyan Danrilov (in the picture below,

event was a success despite the omens. The ™ 9

with EBU Chairman Sally Bugden)

venue (Manchester University Chancellors’ t 63

Conference Centre) enhanced proceedings. ® Q43

Play started early on Saturday and

England and the EBU, who were perhaps

the fancied teams, met and drew. It was West North East South

Scotland with two big wins who were the Brock Gross

early leaders. As Sunday progressed it 1™ 2´1

looked tighter and tighter with four teams Pass Pass Dble All Pass

in contention at the start of the final match. 1 Weak

The EBU team proved to be strongest and

won the event with 87 VPs, with England Sally Brock led the ™8; Susanna Gross won

second on 81 VPs and Ireland and Scotland and switched to her singleton trump which

equal third on 80 VPs. was covered. Brock played a second heart on

It used to be that the event was watched which a diamond was thrown by declarer.

by two men and a dog in the playing room Now a heart from dummy was ruffed and

and a small but loyal audience in the View- overruffed, and a diamond cashed followed

graph theatre but these days the triumphs by another heart ruffed and overruffed. The

and disasters are watched by up to 2000 last trump was cashed and Brock exited

Photo: Gill Pain

people on wonderful BBO. If you haven’t with a diamond and declarer conceded

yet discovered it for watching inter - three club tricks when she played a

national bridge events live, then look at club to the jack. 1100 to go with +100

www.bridgebase.com. from 4™ -1 in the other room was a fine

This deal gave the EBU team a satisfying result – and a salutary lesson about weak, Swiss Teams: Brian Senior, Kumiko

number of IMPs against Wales: weak jump overcalls at this vulnerability. r Ishii, Nevena Senior, Heather Dhondy

Swiss Pairs:

A Flight Maureen & Bob

Pattinson

B Flight Dave Nastaszczuk &

Philip Roxburgh

C Flight Graham Cheetham &

Marilyn Murtagh

BUXTON:

Pairs Qualifying: Berry & Graham

Hedley

Pairs Final: Bill & Joyce White

Photo: Rodney Lighton

Swiss Pairs: Pauline Cooper &

Richard Hilton

Swiss Teams: Rhona & Bernard

Goldenfield, John

Holland, Michelle

Brunner

Team EBU, 2010 Lady Milne winners: from the left, Susanna Gross, Sandra Penfold,

Sally Brock, Nevena Senior, Simon Cope (npc), Nicole Cook and Christine Duckworth

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

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