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2008 Crockfords

Cup Final

REPORTS

I HAD hoped that this report would be a be a good fit somewhere, bid 5♥. As the

modest account of my team’s winning the full diagram shows, one action was consi-

final of Crockfords Cup. Unfortunately, all derably more successful than the other:

we won was the wooden spoon. It was, of

course, the fault of our captain, Jeremy

Dhondy: he let slip that he had finished in ♠

5 Richard Fleet

every position in the final except first and ♥

A K 10 9 5 4 3 2

last . . . ♦

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To put our ‘achievement’ into context, ♣

75 only suit bid naturally was hearts, but

this was possibly the strongest field ever. ♠A92 ♠ K 10 8 6 4 partner could have doubled 2♣ with good

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Roughly 90% of the players were inter- ♥Q8 W E ♥ Void clubs and had the opportunity to overcall

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nationals, and there were no weak teams. ♦A32 ♦KQJ8 1♠. Accordingly, the best chance was to

And our bottom-place score of 84 was the ♣ K 10 9 8 3 ♣AQJ2 lead a diamond. He chose the nine and

highest this decade. ♠QJ73 was he right!

At the start of Sunday’s play, Paul ♥J76

Hackett’s team was the heavy favourite. ♦ 10 9 7 6

However, they had a disastrous second day ♣64 ♠ Q97

and fell to fourth, resulting in a deserved ♥ 8432

win for Alexander Allfrey, David Bakhshi, ♦ J98

Tony Forrester and Andrew Robson. At the risk of causing offence, I think that ♣ J95

Allfrey’s team was the most consistent, those Easts who doubled are wimps. When ♠ A J 10

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♠ K864

winning all their matches except one East bid 5♥, West bid 6♣ and this was ♥ J 10 W E ♥ AK96

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(ironically, against us). passed out. None of these East-West pairs ♦ 742 ♦ K6

had any realistic chance of reaching 7♣. ♣ K Q 10 8 3 ♣ A42

A bidding problem At the other table, Tony Waterlow opened ♠532

1 ♣ (natural) and North bid 4 ♥ . Paul ♥Q75

This hand from the first set divided the Hackett, whom I would never consider a ♦ A Q 10 5 3

players into two camps. wimp, made a rather lazy bid of 6♣. Had ♣76

At every table except he bid 5♥ instead, he would at least have

♠ K 10 8 6 4 one, partner opened had a chance of reaching the grand. And,

♥ Void either a weak 1NT or a as Tony wryly remarked to me, if anything As the full diagram shows, Jeremy’s

♦KQJ8 possibly short minor went wrong it would certainly not have diamond lead led to a swift one down. It just

♣AQ J2 suit second in hand, been Paul’s fault! shows that silly results can gain points, for

and the next hand Heather Dhondy and I played in 2 ♠

overcalled 4♥. What Now test your opening leads making twelve tricks. Heather opened 1NT

action do you take at Game All? as West and South doubled my 2♦ reply

Four of the players faced with this Partner, South, passes originally and the un- (hearts or strong balanced). Heather passed,

situation doubled. The other three, judging opposed auction by your vulnerable oppo- showing a doubleton heart, and I re-

that it was unlikely that partner had much nents is 1♣ – 1♥ –1NT – 2♣ – 2♦-3NT. doubled, wanting to play there (nine tricks

in hearts and that there was very likely to The 1♣ opening was natural or a weak can be made!). This action was not part of

no-trump, 2♣ was ‘checkback’ and the 2♦ our documented methods and Heather

reply denied three hearts or four spades. concluded, quite reasonably, that it asked

CROCKFORD’S FINAL TOP THREE Your hand is: her to bid 2♥. I bid 2♠, which would have

1. Alexander Allfrey, David Bakhshi,

Jeremy Dhondy rea- shown my hand in an uncontested auction:

Tony Forrester, Andrew Robson 130 VPs ♠Q97 soned that, with such this was unclear to Heather and she passed.

2. Peter Crouch, Gunnar Hallberg, ♥8432 an unpromising hand, This was the first time that I have played

Martin Jones, Glyn Liggins, Andrew ♦J98 it was likely that the bridge at the Hinckley Island Hotel and I

McIntosh, Ben Green 118 VPs ♣J95 opponents would be was favourably impressed. The playing

3. Brian Senior, Sandra Penfold, able to make nine conditions were excellent, the food

Stephen Ray, Nevena Senior 114 VPs tricks unless he found reasonable, and the staff friendly and

something good in his partner’s hand. The welcoming.

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