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3 – 18 October 2008
A SUDDEN illness on the morning of West North East South
departure meant that one of our team was Silverstone Eisenberg Dixon Lev
unable to travel to Beijing. Luckily the 2♣
solution to the crisis was easily found: 3♠ Pass1 5♠ 6♣
Peter Czerniewski changed his job descrip- Pass 6♦! Pass 7♣ In both rooms South opened a strong 1NT
tion from non-playing captain, and formed All Pass which became the final contract. Peter
a new partnership with Ross Harper while 1
Values Czerniewski received a heart lead to East’s
remaining in charge. The rest of the team ace, followed by the queen which he took.
was the same as in the European Cham- Declarer for the USA was Sam Lev, worthy The ace and queen of diamonds held, so
pionships last June: Chris Dixon and partner of former member of the Dallas he cashed the heart jack and led a club
Victor Silverstone, with David Price and Aces, Billy Eisenberg. As might be expected, towards the queen, ducked by West. He
myself. he adopted the same line as Price to bring could now win the club ace, exit with
The participants were divided into two home the grand slam which had about a another club and wait for his spade king
groups of sixteen, each playing a round- 2% chance of success. The huge swing on to score and ensure his contract.
robin with the top eight in each group this board meant that we lost the match
progressing to a knock-out stage, begin- 18-12 VPs instead of winning it 18-12.
ning with a round of sixteen. Despite this setback, we were always in a
Perhaps we should have noticed how qualifying position throughout the round-
our luck was going to pan out from this robin. Our hopes of a high finish and
deal from our first-day match against the choice of opponents in the round of sixteen,
pre-tournament favourites, the USA: however, were crushed by two small losses
on the last day. A strong Polish squad
chose to play against us and for half of the
Photo: Ron Tacchi
N/S Game. Dealer South. 56-board match their decision seemed
♠84 justified as they held a tiny lead. The second
♥AQ87 half was all in our favour and we came out
♦J975432 on top by 50 IMPs.
♣ Void In the quarter-final, our opponents were Peter Czerniewski
♠ QJ7653 ♠ K 10 9 2 Japan, who had beaten us in the round At the other table the defence started in a
♥ K642 W
♥ 10 9 5 robin, but we were keen to reverse that similar fashion but when the Japanese
♦ K S ♦ Q 10 6 result. The next deal, albeit a low-level declarer led towards the club queen, Chris
♣ 87 ♣ 10 4 3 contract, shows good declarer play and Dixon rose with the king, cashed the king of
♠A fine defence by our team: diamonds and the ten of hearts, and exited
♥J3 with a club. If declarer had kept his club
♦A8 holding intact, he could have prevailed by
♣AKQJ9652 Love All. Dealer East. overtaking his queen with the ace and
♠ 10 6 5 exiting with a club, but as he had discar-
♥9752 ded one on the king of diamonds he had
With no opposition bidding, David Price ♦ J 10 8 5 to settle for one down.
and Colin Simpson bid to 6♣. After a ♣Q6 Unfortunately for us, Japan played very
spade lead, Price drew trumps and then ♠ AQJ ♠873 well throughout and for the English Seniors
led the jack of hearts, covered by the king ♥ 10 6 4 3 W E
♥AQ it was a bridge too far. Our only crumb of
and ace. He returned to his hand with the ♦ K72 S ♦9643 comfort was that Japan went on to win the
ace of diamonds and then played out all ♣ K J 10 ♣8732 Gold medal and our quarter-final defeat
his trumps, thereby squeezing East who ♠K942 gave us a better opportunity to cheer on
held the guards in both diamonds and ♥KJ8 England’s other highly successful teams.
hearts. Nicely played for the overtrick. ♦AQ
In the other room the bidding took a ♣A954 Top three:
bizarre turn: 1. Japan; 2. USA; 3. Indonesia.
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