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Herefordshire) had not had an opening bid happens, 7♦ makes on a major-suit lead,
N/S Game. Dealer East. in front of him; he had opened 1♠ and been but is not a good contract. 6♦ plus one
♠74 doubled for take-out. He knew enough was worth 15 IMPs when a bidding acci-
♥ 10 7 4 3 about the distribution to play a club to the dent resulted in the Canadians playing in a
♦J754 nine, and chalk up +790 and 14 IMPs. part-score in the other room.
♣J97 Having won the round robin, we could
♠ 8 ♠932 choose our opponents and we went for our
♥ AJ85 W E
♥KQ2 friends the Dutch: they were missing their
♦ A982 S ♦ K Q 10 6 3 most dangerous pair, and we knew we could
♣ K 10 6 2 ♣54 beat them. We won every set and were
♠ A K Q J 10 6 5 comfortable winners by over 70 IMPs.
♥96 The semi-final was much more fraught.
Photo: Sandra Landy
♦ Void A very tight first set saw us gaining 3 IMPs
♣AQ83 to add to our 12-IMP carry over, but we
lost all that in the second set to see us level
going into the final set of twenty boards. I
England East-West: Ben Paske didn’t need to worry, though – Ed and
West North East South Tom, who had a difficult second set, went
1♦ Dble straight back in and demolished the
1♥ Pass 2♥ 4♠ N/S Game. Dealer North. Chinese North-South pair, taking nine
Dble All Pass ♠AQ87 positive scores in a row, including a slam
♥ J 10 8 going three off, an 800 penalty on a part-
♦42 score deal, and making a slam themselves.
♣AQ97 Dan and Adam had had a tough time in
♠ KJ4 ♠9632 the other room, but had never given up
♥ Q96543 N ♥7 hope and when we scored up we had
♦ J6 W E ♦Q9 gained 17 IMPs – our winning margin.
Photo: Stephen Woodd
♣ J5 ♣ K 10 8 6 4 3
♠ 10 5
♦ A K 10 8 7 5 3
Photo: Ron Tacchi
Where England were East-West, Ed West North East South
Jones (21, from Leicestershire) opened a 1♣ Pass 2♣
feather-weight 1♦ which caused his part- 2♥ Pass Pass 4♦
ner, Tom Paske (17, from Herefordshire) Pass 4♠ Pass 5♥
to double 4♠. It looks like declarer will Pass 6♣ Pass 6♦ Rob Myers
lose only one club and two hearts but Tom All Pass
defended well: when declarer ran all but In the final against France we took an early
one of his trumps he threw his red cards This last deal, from the match against lead but a disappointing third set saw us
away and kept all of his clubs, and when Canada, saw Rob Myers (18, from York- lose 26 IMPs, to be 14 IMPs behind. We
declarer played a club towards dummy he shire) and Ben Paske bid a good slam had our chances in the final set, but things
ducked smoothly. Declarer put up the jack missed in the other room. Ben, as North, went against us and we lost by 24 IMPs. In
and had to go one down. opened 1♣, playing five card majors, the final set, the French bid a poor slam
strong no-trump and Polish-style club (after a misunderstanding) that had no play
England North-South: openings. Rob responded 2♣, forcing on a spade lead. However, the hand on
West North East South with diamonds, and West made a dubious lead had an automatic club lead and so
Pass 1♠ 2♥ overcall. When Ben passed, Rob re- they gained 13 IMPs when they might
Dble Pass 3♦ 4♠ opened with 4♦, showing a good hand have lost 13 IMPs.
Pass Pass Dble All Pass and Ben’s spade cue-bid was just what Rob Although we ended the tournament by
needed to hear: he drove to 6♦ making a losing the final, to achieve a Silver medal in
At the other table Ben Paske (20, also from grand slam try on the way with 5♥. As it a world championships is the stuff dreams
are made of, and I am exceptionally proud
of all of the players and the coach. Alan
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