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Heather Dhondy reports on the Women Series

Disappointment in Pau

THE European Championships took place West North East South

this year in the French town of Pau. Neve Jagger Bessis Teshome N/S Game. Dealer North.

Situated inland from Biarritz and close to 1♠ ♠KQJ4

the Pyrenees to the South, Pau is a pretty Pass Pass 2♦ Pass ♥ J 10 7

little town full of expensive shops, but Pass 2♠ Pass Pass ♦ 10 9 8 5

inexpensive restaurants and hotels – 3♦ All Pass ♣A2

in some ways an ideal setting for a bridge ♠ A 10 8 3 2 ♠9765

N

competition! At our team-mates’ table the auction sub- ♥ Q864 W E

♥952

The England Women’s team (myself, sided in 3♦, which lost the obvious five ♦ AKJ S ♦7632

Nevena Senior, Catherine Jagger, Sarah tricks for one down. ♣ 9 ♣J4

Teshome, Anne Rosen, Catherine Draper) At our table Bénédicte Cronier decided to ♠ Void

were in the lead at the start of the com- respond to partner’s 1♠ opening bid, and ♥AK3

petition but ended up with a disappoint- showed a weak three-card raise via 1NT. ♦Q4

ing result, as eighth equal – only the top Nevertheless, Sylvie Willard decided to have ♣ K Q 10 8 7 6 5 3

six teams qualifying for next year’s a go at 4♠, and the contract would hinge on

world championship. the opening lead. With two diamond losers

Our matches against France, the even- to ruff in dummy, only a trump lead would In the other room, Sarah Teshome took

tual overall winners, always seem to bring break the contract. Nevena Senior unerr- advantage of a small defensive slip-up. The

out the best in both teams, and it was a ingly led a trump with the result that we ace of diamonds was led, but then West

high quality battle this time round, ending gained 5 IMPs as opposed to losing 11. switched to a trump without cashing the

in a 16-14 VPs victory for France. second diamond first. Declarer won in hand

This was a potentially dangerous board and got off play with the queen of dia-

for England: monds. West had no winning option left:

whichever suit she played would establish

declarer’s eleventh trick. She tried the jack

Game All. Dealer South. of diamonds but Sarah Teshome ruffed,

♠J65 crossed to dummy’s ace of trumps and

Photo: Ron Tacchi

♥ K 10 8 4 discarded a heart on the ten of diamonds.

♦9

♣ 10 9 7 6 2

♠ 10 8 2 ♠74

♥ J973 N

♥652

Nevena Senior

W E

♦ Q63 S ♦AKJ75 With two matches to go we were lying 7th,

♣ AJ3 ♣Q84 and needed a good win against Greece. The

Photo: Stephen Wood

♠AKQ93 deal in the next column is from that match

♥AQ and helped us to secure a 20-10 victory.

♦ 10 8 4 2 At both tables the contract was 5♣ by

♣K5 South. As West, I led two top diamonds, and

with just one entry to dummy there was no

Sarah Teshome

hurry to attempt to cash the ace of spades

West North East South (declarer would not be able to ruff the Sadly, this win was not enough. We lost

Senior Cronier Dhondy Willard diamond good and get back to dummy to our next and final match 8-22 VPs to Italy,

1♠ cash the ten). Since I was not prepared to and finished equal eighth on 416 VPs.

Pass 1NT Pass 2NT chance any other suit, I switched to a trump The top six teams were: 1. France 466;

Pass 3♠ Pass 4♠ and declarer tried the heart finesse for the 2. Italy 450; 3. Spain 442; 4. Sweden 435;

All Pass contract, but was one down when it failed. 5. Germany 426; 6. Denmark 425.

www.ebu.co.uk August 2008 English Bridge 11

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