August 2017 English Bridge
But Cohen did not pass with gladness in his heart.
He could not, because his agreement with
Berkowitz was that such a pass would not be for
penalty - rather, it would say 'you got us into this,
you get us out of it'. Truth to tell, he did pretty well
to keep his head in these revolting circumstances;
realising that a pass would almost certainly be
followed by a major-suit bid from Berkowitz and a
thunderous double from the North or South Pole,
he removed to 3t and hoped for the best. After all,
he didn't have a terrible hand for play in a diamond
contract . . .
. . . but it wasn't quite good enough. A sharp
double from Martens was followed by a brave but
unavailing struggle from Cohen, who had to
concede one down for eight match points out of 70.
Meanwhile, Kwiecien and Pszczola were
demonstrating that even 1,000 wouldn't have been a
top for East-West: their Spanish opponents had a
mix-up after East had come in directly over 1NT
and lost 1,100 in the unlikely contract of four hearts
doubled by North. The old leaders had hung on to
their position for a great many boards - the new
leaders managed to keep their place for the
remaining two. r
Michael Byrne & John Holland, from Manchester,
have won the Corwen Trophy which took place in
early June. The event is for the leading pairs in the
most recent pairs championship of each County
Association of the EBU.
Surrey's Mike Scoltock & Jeffrey Allerton, and
Frances Hinden & Graham Osborne, were second
and third respectively.
The Garden Cities Trophy has been won by
Manchester Bridge Club for the fifth time. The
competition is for each county's 'teams-of-eight
champions', and the final featured the eight teams
which qualified from the Regional Finals which
took place in May.
The Manchester team comprised (pictured from
left) John Hassett, Rhona Goldenfield, Bernard
Goldenfield, Michael Newman, Jeff Morris, David
Debbage, Edward Levy & Robert Myers. The team
finished well ahead of Nottingham BC in second
place, and Bristol BC in third place.
GARDEN CITIES TROPHY
The Pachabo Cup has been won by the Kent team
of Peter Law, Phil Bailey, Michael Hampton &
The Pachabo Cup is contested by the holders of
the Teams-of-four Championship from each
county association. Some 29 teams took part in
the event held in mid-June. It uses a hybrid
system of scoring, combining both 'point-aboard'
and IMPs converted to VPs.
Kent finished on 200.5 points, with the
Manchester team of Andrew Woodcock,
Catherine Draper, John Hassett & Jeff Morris
second on 197. Staffs & Shrops were third and
Dorset came fourth.