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David Bird reports on the Open Series

It’s Norway again!

THE format for the open section of the West North East South week by beating Estonia 25-4 VPs, Turkey

European Championship was different Vozabal Lindqvist Slemr Brogeland 21-9 and Portugal 18-12. For one glorious

this year. The field was divided into two 1♣ Pass 1♠ Pass period on Sunday, 22nd June 2008, England

sections of nineteen teams, with the first 2♣ Pass 2♦ Pass led the field in all three championships:

nine from each section progressing to an 3♣ Pass Pass 3♥ the open, the women’s and the seniors.

all-play-all second week with no carry-over. Dble All Pass Had a comet struck the earth, these leads

England achieved nine wins, two draws would have been preserved for ever.

and seven defeats (including four wins In Round 4, the Hackett twins were spec-

and a draw against the teams finishing in tacularly unlucky on this board, where they

the top eight places) but their best win was put up an admirable pre-emptive barrage

by only 20 VPs to 10. With only one match against their German opponents:

to play they were 4 VPs behind Finland,

who occupied the precious ninth qualify-

ing place. In a nail-biting last round, N/S Game. Dealer West.

England drew 15-15 with Switzerland ♠A8754

while Finland lost 11-19 to Iceland. It was ♥ 10

England who went through on a split tie. ♦AQJ

These were the placings of England’s ♣K532

Photo: EBL

pairs in the Butler Rankings for the first ♠ K2 ♠63

week: 29th/113 Paul Hackett and Tony ♥ QJ9865 WN E ♥ A72

Waterlow (+0.33 IMPs per board), 41st Boye Brogeland ♦ 976 S ♦ K 10 5 4 3 2

Jason and Justin Hackett (+0.15 IMPs), ♣ 64 ♣ J 10

64th John Armstrong and John Holland East’s 2♦ had suggested game-try values, so ♠ Q J 10 9

(-0.06 IMPs). The Netherlands, Italy and few other players would have considered ♥K43

Iceland headed Group A, while Sweden, Brogeland’s protective bid of 3♥. The Czech ♦8

Russia and Norway headed Group B. West doubled and led the ace of clubs ♣AQ987

Early in the second week world followed by the king. Brogeland ruffed the

champion, Boye Brogeland of Norway, second club, finessed the ten of trumps

produced this virtuoso piece of magic successfully and cashed the ace of trumps. West North East South

against the Czech Republic: He then led the nine of spades, covered by Jason H. Wladow Justin H. Elinescu

the jack and queen. When he played the 3♥ Dble 4♦ 4♠

king of trumps, throwing a club from 5♦ 5♥ Pass 6♣

N/S Game. Dealer West. dummy, the suit broke 3-3. His next move Pass 6♦ Pass 6♥

♠942 was to run the eight of diamonds to the Pass 7♠ All Pass

♥ A 10 nine. East could not afford to return a

♦K653 diamond, so he exited with a low spade. Justin’s 4♦ was a fit-showing bid. North

♣8752 Brogeland finessed the ten of spades was just about worth a competitive raise

♠ 7 ♠KJ853 successfully and then played his last to 5♠, but his actual cue-bid of 5♥ seems

♥ Q64 N ♥953 trump, the jack. East had no good discard a massive overbid to me. Four bids later,

W E

♦ Q74 S ♦AJ9 from ♠K-8-5 ♦A-J. He chose to throw a the Germans had been jostled into 7♠

♣ A K Q 10 6 3 ♣J4 spade and was then thrown on lead again with two key cards missing!

♠ A Q 10 6 with ace and another spade. At trick If there is a reason for Jason to lead a

♥KJ872 twelve he had to play from his ♦A-J to heart rather than a diamond, I cannot see

♦ 10 8 2 dummy’s king and Brogeland had his it. He led a diamond and the German de-

♣9 +730. Bravo! clarer was then able to finesse successfully

Meanwhile, England began the second in trumps and ditch dummy’s heart loser

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

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