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HEATHER'S HINTS

• The pre-empt is a powerful tool and often

makes life very hard for your opponents to

find the correct contract. However, when the

opponents have pre-empted you know a lot

about their hand and you should use it to your

advantage to count the hand both in terms of

shape and points. Remember that suits are

more likely to be breaking badly, so think

about playing in no trumps even with an eight

card major suit fit.

• If you are a trick short and cannot afford to let

the opponents in, try the effect of cashing

your long suit. This was not a traditional sort

of squeeze in that the count had not been

rectified, and therefore West was still able to

guard both suits, yet cashing your diamond

suit still left the defence helpless to beat the

contract. r

PREMIER GRAND MASTERS

Congratulations to

ESPEN ERICHSEN OF KENT

AND

STEVE AUCHTERLONIE OF KENT

on becoming Premier Grand

Masters, the English Bridge

Union's highest rank, requiring

a minimum 1,500 Green Points

The Hubert Phillips Plate is the consolation

competition for teams defeated in the early

rounds of the Hubert Phillips Bowl (the mixed

pivot competition). It has been won by Joanne

Norman, Christine Bradley, Phil Norman, Mark

Hooper & Krzysztof Ginda (pictured L to R).

In the final they beat the team of David Ewart,

Nick Boss, Susanna Gross, Richard Johnson &

Ewa Kater (Sarah Ewart played in earlier rounds).

HUBERT PHILLIPS PLATE

Fiona Brown, Ollie Burgess, Michael Byrne &

Hugh McGann (pictured) have won the Hubert

Phillips Bowl, the EBU's knockout mixed pivot

teams competition.

They beat Jeff Smith, Jackie Pye, Alan Mould &

John Holland in the final at the end of June.

The match was hosted by Manchester Bridge

Club, with over 30 kibitzers in attendance,

including five of the players who, the previous

day, had won the Garden Cities Trophy.

This was a first time win for all of the victors of

the eight players only John had previously won

the event (six times between 1983 and 1996).

HUBERT PHILLIPS BOWL

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