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Holders retain Camrose

Trophy as England falter

REPORTS

THE second, and final, weekend of the However, the different auction in this

2008 Camrose Trophy was hosted by the room put Holland, West, on lead. A heart

Contract Bridge Association of Ireland at lead was still a possibility, but he was

the Castleknock Golf & Country Club in reluctant to give declarer a possibly

Dublin on March 7-9. England (Glyn undeserved trick with the king of hearts.

Liggins and Peter Crouch, Neil Rosen and He also suspected declarer might be most

Martin Jones, and John Holland and John vulnerable in spades, so he chose the six of Tony Gordon

Armstrong, with David Price as npc) began spades as his opening lead. Mike Tedd

the second weekend with a lead of 4 VPs played low from dummy and Armstrong

over the holders, Ireland-A, with Wales, played his part by withholding the nine of After a heart lead, Martin Jones had played

the only other realistic contenders, a spades. Tedd won with the ace, perforce, on diamonds, but when the jack did not

further 6 VPs behind in third place. With and tried a hopeful diamond, but Holland fall in two rounds he ended up three

Nick FitzGibbon restored to the fold the rose with the ace and continued with the down. In this room John Carroll had a

holders were back to full strength and jack of spades to give England three spade useful weapon in his armoury. He bid 3♦

would pose a serious threat to England’s tricks and two aces for one down and a over 1NT to show at least five diamonds

hopes of posting their first win since 2004. gain of 10 IMPs. and at least four clubs. That made it easy

It turned out to be a weekend of two for Tommy Garvey to bid 5♣, and with

halves for England. In the first half they The crunch match both minors breaking 3-2 there were no

carried all before them, defeating problems in the play. Garvey was also able

Scotland by 22-8 VPs, Northern Ireland by The second half of the weekend began to claim a beer by virtue of winning the

25-2 VPs and Wales by 19 -11 VPs to with the crunch match against the holders. last trick with the seven of diamonds.

increase their lead over Ireland-A to 19 Unfortunately, England did not perform Despite that disappointing result, Eng-

VPs. John Armstrong and John Holland well in this encounter and lost by 52 IMPs land still led by 3 VPs with one round to go.

were the only pair to defeat 3NT on the (23-7 VPs). Most of the adverse swings However, with Ireland-A playing Northern

deal below from the match against Wales: arose from the bidding, as exemplified by Ireland, who were propping up the field,

the deal below from the first half of the England were going to need a big win

match: against Ireland-B to stay in front. It was not

Love All. Dealer South. to be. The second board in the Open Room

♠Q843 set the trend as England misjudged a high-

♥Q5 Love All. Dealer North. level competitive auction and bid a slam

♦KQ543 ♠ Void missing two aces, and they subsequent-

♣A7 ♥Q74 ly found themselves trailing by 35 IMPs at

♠ J 10 7 6 ♠K952 ♦ 10 9 8 7 6 2 the half-way point. As Ireland-A were lead-

♥ A764 N ♥ J 10 8 3 2 ♣KQ84 ing by 23 IMPs at the same stage, the contest

W E

♦ A6 S ♦J92 ♠ 10 7 4 3 2 ♠KQ85 was effectively over. England dropped a few

♣ 10 5 2 ♣8 ♥ 96 W

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♥ A J 10 8 3 more IMPs in the second half to lose by 21-

♠A ♦ J53 S ♦A4 9 VPs, while Ireland-A gained a few more

♥K9 ♣ 972 ♣63 IMPs to win by 22-8 VPs, so the holders

♦ 10 8 7 ♠AJ96 retained the trophy by a margin of 10 VPs.

♣KQJ9643 ♥K52 Congratulations to Tom Hanlon and Hugh

♦KQ McGann, John Carroll and Tommy Garvey,

♣ A J 10 5 and Nick FitzGibbon and Adam Mesbur,

West North East South who have now won the Camrose Trophy

Holland Salisbury Armstrong Tedd four years in a row.

1♣ West North East South

Pass 1♦ Pass 3♣ Armstrong Carroll Holland Garvey Final scores:

Pass 3♠ Pass 3NT Pass 1♥ 1NT 1. Ireland-A 186 VPs

All Pass Pass 3♦ Pass 5♣ 2. England 176 VPs

All Pass 3. Wales 168 VPs

At the other table England had bid 1♣ – 4. Scotland 138 VPs

1♦ – 2♣ – 3NT and had made nine easy At the other table Neil Rosen, North, had 5. Ireland-B 126 VPs

tricks after a heart lead from East. raised his partner’s 1NT overcall to 3NT. 6. Northern Ireland 93 VPs

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