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with the tJ and tK, throwing two spades. When

the t10 fell, he threw dummy's last spade on the

t9. South ruffed and could have scored a third

defensive trick by crossing to the ®A for a trump

promotion. When he played the ´Q instead,

Forrester ruffed, drew trumps and ruffed two clubs

for an overtrick.

Perhaps you're thinking: 'That was a bit lucky.

Surely it's more likely that South holds the ®A

rather than the t10 drops in three rounds.' Suppose

you swap the t10 and t8. Forrester's line still

works! He discards two spades from dummy and

plays the t9 to North's t10, throwing the last spade

and setting up a cross-ruff in the black suits.

Forrester is reputed to forbid his partners to lead

away from a king against a suit contact. In the

England-Wales match heeding this excellent advice

would have paid off handsomely. An England player

was on lead against 6t with:

´K54 ™K65 tA ®Q76432

Partner, unsurprisingly, had no points. Leading

the ´4 gave away a no-play slam for a net loss of 21

IMPs. A heart lead would have done the same. A

club lead was safe, or the tA followed by a club.

Then a Wales player opened 1t on:

´Q953 ™A5 tQJ752 ®K5

Selway and Holland bid to 4™, mentioning no

other suits. The only lead to let this game make was

a club. North duly led the ®K, giving away a net

swing of 16 IMPs. Perhaps Tony is right!

With only two wins out of five, England were

slightly below average at the half-way point. In

Match Eight they faced the leaders, Ireland, and

were in need of serious IMPs. This board provided

a big chunk:

This was a Lebensohl situation for the England

pair and Forrester's 3´ showed four hearts, denying

a spade stopper. Kendrick was then able to bid the

right game. A diamond lead followed by a diamond

ruff would have left declarer with a guess in trumps.

Mícháel O'Briain took the cheap sacrifice in spades

and lost 300 for two down.

West North East South

Kendrick P O'Briain Forrester M O'Briain

1t

1NT 2´ 3´ Dble

4™ Pass Pass 4´

Dble All Pass

E/W Game. Dealer South.

´ J 10 8 6 5 3

™ Q 5 3

t 8 6

® J 4

´ A 7 4 ´ 9

™ A J 6 2 ™ K 10 7 4

t Q 10 4 3 t 9 7 5

® A 5 ® K Q 9 6 3

´ K Q 2

™ 9 8

t A K J 2

® 10 8 7 2

N

W E

S

West North East South

O'Brien Holland Milne Selway

1t

1NT 2´ 3® 3´

Pass Pass Dble Pass

3NT Pass Pass Dble

All Pass

Ranald Milne made a forcing bid in clubs and

then competed with a take-out double. Unsure of

four hearts opposite, B J O'Brien bid 3NT. This can

be made only by a very unlikely double-dummy

line. In practice declarer held up the ´A twice,

tested the clubs unsuccessfully and finessed South

for the ™Q, going 800 down.

The resultant swing was 15 IMPs to England, who

drew level with Ireland after a 16.21-3.79 VPs win.

Huge wins in their last two matches against

Scotland and Wales gave them a comfortable

victory. It had been a remarkable recovery. r

2017 Teltscher Trophy

final scoreboard

1st half 2nd half VPs

1 England 49.41 89.41 138.82

2 Ireland 71.05 51.34 122.39

3 Patron's team 46.47 50.36 96.83

4 Scotland 52.61 31.40 84.01

5 Wales 31.07 49.05 80.12

6 N. Ireland 49.39 28.44 77.83

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