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Schapiro Spring

Foursomes 2008

REPORTS

ANYONE worried that bridge might be in honour because West didn’t lead one from

decline should have been in Stratford- a solid suit, so the odds favoured West

upon-Avon over the May Bank Holiday holding the heart king. Declarer won the

weekend. Fifty-seven teams had entered, spade ace and tried the heart queen to

the highest number since the event moved induce a cover, but rose with the ace felling

to that location nearly twenty years ago. the king. After clearing that hurdle, all that Colin Simpson

The sun was shining (some of the time), was required was for West to hold seven

the venue was excellent, and all our top diamonds so that after eliminating clubs

players and many from Europe were ready he could be thrown in on the third round West North East South

to do battle. Hearing several players grumb- to give a ruff-and-discard. Phew. Allfrey Pagan Robson Jagger

ling about the seeding reinforced the idea On the fifth day, the Schapiro Trophy 1♣ Pass

that there was an intensity about the com- reached the semi-final stage with the seed- 1♦ 1 Pass 1♥2 Pass

petition ahead. ing committee vindicated by the first and Pass Dble3 2♣ 2♦

As usual the format, unique in England, second seeds being there, even though each Pass pass 2♥4 Pass

is a double elimination knock-out whereby had lost a life. The unbeaten team, the tenth Pass 3♦ 4 Pass Pass

a team has to lose twice before being seed Jagger (Chris Jagger, Ian Pagan, Tim Dble4 All Pass

eliminated from the main competition, the Rees and Filip Kurbalija), as was their right, 1

Showing hearts

Schapiro Trophy. In no time, seeded teams chose to play the eleventh seeds, Cooke (Jon 2

Showing three hearts and a minimum

were tumbling down into the Punch Bowl, Cooke, Martin Garvey, Jeffrey Allerton, 3

Take-out

the consolation event. David Mossop of Frances Hinden and Graham Osborne) 4

Dubious!

Switzerland showed how to overcome ex- Both semis were tight but Jagger continued

uberance in the bidding by some excellent their winning ways and seed No. 1, Allfrey In fairness it should be said that West

card play to land this slam: (Alexander Allfrey, Andrew Robson, Tony was unlucky that both outstanding

Forrester, David Bakhshi, Peter Crouch and diamond honours were with North, so

Glyn Liggins) prevailed over Gillis (Simon that declarer, Chris Jagger, was able to

Love All. Dealer North. Gillis, Boye Brogeland, Tom Hanlon, Espen lose only one trick in each suit and

♠ A54 Lindqvist, Hugh McGann, Odin Svendsen scored +670 against a part-score in the

♥ Q 10 8 3 seeded No. 2). Unfortunately the final day other room.

♦ 632 was blighted by fire alarms, power cuts and When the final set started, it was still

♣ KQ5 internet problems. The final, Jagger v Allfrey, anyone’s game with Allfrey leading by 31-26

♠ 7 N

♠ K Q 10 8 6 2 started in very muted fashion with very few IMPs. However, the Jagger team won it

♥ K W E ♥ 52 swings – indeed, during the first three sets by a huge margin (43-6) IMPs where

S

♦ K J 10 8 7 5 4 ♦ Q9 of eight boards, some of the biggest scores mistakes, possibly induced by tiredness,

♣ 10 8 7 4 ♣ 962 were slow-play fines! This part-score deal had contributed to each of the swings.

♠ J93 was a big pick-up for Jagger: Congratulations to Chris Jagger, Ian

♥ AJ9764 Pagan, Tim Rees and Filip Kurbalija who

♦A had played four-handed and been

♣ AJ3 N/S Game. Dealer East. undefeated throughout – a remarkable

. ♠A983 achievement – with the final score being

♥ J 10 6 2 57-28 IMPs (after slow-play fines) in

West North East South ♦AJ76 their favour.

Zivkovic Mossop ♣8 The winners of the Consolation Knock-

Pass 2♠1 3♥ ♠ Q54 ♠K76 out, the Punch Bowl, were Mike Bell, Ed

Pass 3♠ Pass 4♣2 ♥ Q854 W

N

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♥K73 Levy, Roger Mapp and Michael Ranis.

Pass 4♥ Pass 5♦2 ♦ K Q 10 5 S ♦2 The Swiss Teams, the Hamilton Cup, was

Pass 6♥ All Pass ♣ 10 4 ♣AJ9762 won by the (mainly) Dutch team of Rob

1

Weak ♠ J 10 2 Helle, Stephen Green, Egbert Henstra,

2

Cue-bid ♥A9 Ed Hoogenkamp and Simon de Wijs.

♦9843 With the upsurge in interest in this great

West led his singleton spade. The clues ♣KQ53 event perhaps next year we can fill the venue

were that East probably held a diamond with sixty-four teams. Book early!

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