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Both Easts opened 2´. Both Easts are world

champions, but I remain to be convinced that it is a

good idea to open a weak 2´ with five hearts on the

side.

When South played the ™J at trick 4, West played

low. South put up the ™K, winning. Now South lost

only a club and a spade, +750.

West should have risen with the ™A, cashed the

®A, and played a spade to partner's winner for one

down, enough to win the match. He could not

expect South to have a singleton heart, but every

player's first duty is to beat the contract. With two

hearts, South would not misguess the hearts, given

West's double of 5t. If West did rise with the ™A

and South needed the heart finesse, South might

later play West for the ™Q anyway.

West North East South

2´ 3t

3´ 3NT 4´ Pass

Pass 5t Pass Pass

Dble All Pass

At the other table, the auction went:

West led the ®A and gave East a club ruff at trick

two. The ™3 went to the ™A. South was one off, EW +200,

+14 IMPs. The ®A lead worked out well

for West, but it might have misfired if East had not

had a singleton club. East could have returned a

top spade at trick three for down two, but a spade

lead is the normal choice for West despite North's

3NT bid. r

What joy for Devizes BC to welcome three

generations into the club. Vicki Warburton

moved to the area about two years ago, followed

by her mother Catharine Wright. Vicki's 19-year

old daughter Ellie also plays at the club when she

is home from studying Forensic Investigation at

Canterbury University. They must have some

interesting post mortems . . .

THREE SIZES FROM DEVIZES

Vicki, Catharine and Ellie

If you want a bridge tournament filled with fun

and frolics and more innuendo than you thought

possible why not try the London Gay Bridge

Tournament on 14th October. Absolutely

everyone (it's a straight friendly event) is welcome

and it's a hoot of a day.

Sponsored and organised by the West London

Gay Bridge Club (ever keen to attract new

members) and Prestat Chocolates who sponsor

our Caption Competition, the entry fee includes a

light lunch.

It's an EBU-affiliated event with prizes for the

winners, a serious day's bridge in a relaxed setting

in a wonderful Victorian hall in Pimlico. Pairs in

the morning, a light lunch, teams in the

afternoon, drinks and gossip in the evening.

It will be played under the watchful eye of

tournament director Matron Anne Catchpole. It's

a grand day out for everyone who truly loves

bridge. There's a limited number of tables, so

book yours soon - www.wlgbc.co.uk/43004.html

EVERYONE'S CHANCE FOR BRIDGE

WITH A DIFFERENCE!

Christopher Dee, sometime winner of the weekly Bratwurst

prize, and David King, Chairman of the West London Gay

Bridge Club

EBED SIMULTANEOUS PAIRS

Next SIMS - 4 - 9 September 2017

All clubs (even non-EBU ones) can participate in the

EBED Simultaneous Pairs events and the proceeds

support the Charity. There are different hands each

day, so you can play several times in the week. The

commentaries are wrrichard@ebedcio.org.uk players

and provide an excellent learning resource after the

fact! Please encourage your club to join in for one

night. For more info contact: richard@ebedcio.org.uk

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