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REPORTS Youth teams:

Hard work

Beijing, China

rewarded! 3 – 18 October 2008

Michael Byrne coach) qualified for the knock-out stages North South

by ending sixth but unfortunately lost to 2♥

France in the next round. 2NT 3♣

THE journey that was started nearly two 4NT 5NT

years ago when I took over the Under-20 6♥ All Pass

Squad is over. The team have returned from

three weeks in Beijing with their Silver This was a thin slam bid by Daniel

medal for the Under-21s’ World Cham- McIntosh (18 from Stroud), and Adam

pionship and finally their quest for glory Hickman (20 from Birmingham). Adam

ends with a happy conclusion. opened 2♥, in their methods a construct-

Photo: Ron Tacchi

The World Mind Sport Games, as it was ive Weak Two showing 8-12 points, and

called, encompassed six different series. The Daniel enquired with 2NT. When he heard

Open, Women, Seniors and Under 28s were 3♣, showing a maximum and a high-card

open to all countries; the U26s and U21s club feature, he launched into Blackwood

were restricted to those teams that had Dan McIntosh and bid 6♥ upon learning of two key

qualified last year through their zonal cards plus a void opposite.

championships – for us, the European In the Under 21s, England ploughed Adam played carefully on the lead of the

Championships in Jesolo, in Summer through the round robin despite a slow club king. He won with the ace and crossed

2007. England had qualified in the U21s start. We lost two of the first three matches, to dummy with a spade to play ace and

but not the U26s, so five separate teams but then went on a winning streak that queen of diamonds, throwing another club

(two of Juniors) were representing us. lasted until the end of the tournament when this was not covered. Now he ruffed a

(with a small loss somewhere in between). club, ruffed a spade and ruffed a diamond.

With several matches to go we were second, He ruffed another spade, cashed the king of

comfortably clear of third place but always hearts and played a winning diamond

seemed to be a little behind the French. We throwing his last spade. East could ruff in

overtook them with one match to go, how- and play a spade through, but declarer

ever, when we beat Australia 60-3 IMPs, could ruff high and draw the remaining

and then held on by crushing Singapore trump. This line guaranteed the contract

Photo: Ron Tacchi

69-3 IMPs in the last match. even if trumps were 4-0 either side, given

Here are a selection of deals from the that the diamonds were favourably placed.

round robin showing the Under-21 team This was worth 12 IMPs and contributed to

at its best: a 25-4 VPs win over Indonesia.

Adam Hickman

The format was similar in each competi- Game All. Dealer South.

tion: first a week of qualifying in a round ♠A

robin (in some series, split into groups) ♥K73

followed by quarter finals, semi finals and ♦AQJ8764

finals (preceded by a round of 16 knock ♣J5

Photo: Sandra Landy

out in the open, seniors and women). ♠ K63 ♠ Q J 10 9 5

N

The Under 28s had a slightly different ♥ J9 W E

♥ 10 4

format: with 74 teams, they played a 17- ♦ 10 9 5 S ♦K32

round Swiss qualifier with the top eight ♣ K Q 10 7 4 ♣986

then going straight into the quarter-finals. ♠8742 Ed Jones

England (Fiona Brown – Susan Stockdale, ♥AQ8652

Ollie Burgess – Andrew Woodcock, Ben ♦ Void The following board helped England to

Green – Duncan Happer, David Green- ♣ A32 beat Norway 25-4 VPs, thanks to good

wood as captain and Diane Greenwood as play at both tables:

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