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Students do battle

REPORTS

at the Portland Club

THE Portland Club in London is one of the contested auction was 2NT – 3♣ – 3♦ –

oldest and most famous card clubs in the 3NT, and West led the six of diamonds:

country, if not the world. It is also renowned

for its sponsorship of the Portland Bowl, Michael Byrne

the University knock-out competition that ♠ Q987

takes place each year, with the semi-finals, ♥ 10 4

final and third/fourth place play-off being ♦ 954 Moss, Alex Webb, Alice Kaye, Ian Angus,

contested over one weekend in April. ♣ KQ52 Ed Jones, also Laura McDougall in earlier

This year the four teams in the final were ♠ J32 ♠ K 10 5 rounds), which included four of last year’s

a good mixture of North and South, with ♥ QJ2 N ♥ 98653 winners, against the team they had beaten

W E

Edinburgh University playing Durham, ♦ Q 10 7 6 3 S ♦ J in 2007 but that had won in 2006, Durham

while Oxford A took on its own B team. ♣ J3 ♣ 10 9 8 6 A (Tom Dessain, Robin Zigmund, Dominic

In the Northern match Durham scored ♠ A 64 Maloney, James Ewington).

huge wins in the second and fourth sets to ♥ A K7 The final started badly for Oxford, who

lead by over 70 IMPs after five sets. It was a ♦ A K82 ended the first set 14 IMPs down. The

good job that they did, since they then ♣ A 74 second set saw them pull nearly level, but in

proceeded to lose the final set by 59 IMPs! It the third set Durham pulled away to lead by

was great to see Edinburgh keeping up the 44 IMPs. This was a crucial deal in that set:

fight right until the final board. Joe Clacey for Oxford B could see nine

In the other semi-final, Oxford A won tricks on top if clubs were 3-3, but he gave

the first set but struggled in the next few, himself the extra chance of a spade trick by ♠ AK9874

before sealing the match with a 40-0 win in playing ace and another spade to the nine. ♥ K3

the fifth set. The last set saw a few small Winning the heart switch he played another ♦ A74

swings but Oxford A gained a few more spade and when the suit was 3-3 he had his ♣ 95

IMPs to win by the deceptively large margin ninth trick even though clubs were 4-2. ♠ 5 ♠ 10 6 3 2

of 39 IMPs. Oxford B had played very well The other (very experienced) declarer ♥ Q92 W

N

E

♥ 876

early on, but suffered a bit from being a played for a squeeze that never materialised, ♦ Q 10 9 8 3 S ♦ 652

four-man team. This was a game swing to and suffered the indignity of going one off ♣ K732 ♣ Q 10 4

the B team in the second set, which showed in 3NT with 29 combined points! ♠ QJ

that a simple line is often best. The un- So the final would be Oxford A (Greg ♥ A J 10 5 4

♦ KJ

♣ AJ86

CHAMPION IN THE MAKING?

Durham played in 6♠, and scored +980

KIERAN Tilley is only 13 years old, but he is when they made twelve of their thirteen

already the up-and-coming star at Peterborough available tricks. Oxford played in 6♥, going

Bridge Club. He is pictured here at the club’s down when the heart queen turned out to

recent AGM scooping four of the club’s major be offside and dummy’s spades could not be

trophies which he won during the season. He won cashed because a diamond lead and conti-

the Peterborough Pairs event with Ufuk Cotuk and nuation took out the vital entry.

the Committee Cup with his father, Mark. He also Oxford had their chances but Durham

captained the successful Pivot team in the club’s made fewer mistakes on the day and

regular monthly competition, and not surprisingly

Photo: Peterborough BC

emerged comfortable victors by 47 IMPs.

won the Improver’s Cup for the player with the In the play-off Edinburgh just held on

best overall increase in percentage over the year. to win narrowly from Oxford B.

Club Chairman Trevor King says: ‘We are very The hospitality provided by the Portland

proud to have Kieran here as a Junior member of Club made it a great day for all, and the

Peterborough Bridge Club. We are all very pleased players honoured the spirit of the competi-

at his achievements so far and believe he has a great future in front of him.’ tion by enjoying a glass of champagne at the

end, courtesy of their hosts.

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