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Janee & Gordon - Brighton (2007)

Janee and Gordon played in the Tuesday Pairs Championship, and finished 38th out of 74 with a score of just below 50%, in a fairly high-quality field. The event was won by two young players: Tom Rainforth and David Collier, with a score of 64.7%.

Gordon

        Dealer S        S   K Q 5 3
        Love All        H   A 8 5
                               D   7 4
                               C   J 6 5 4
             S    J 9 8            N         S   A 6 2    
             H   Q J 2        W  E       H   7 4 3
             D   10 6 3          S         D   K 8 5 2
             C   Q 8 7 3                    C   K 10 2
                               S   10 7 4                
                               H   K 10 9 6
                               D   A Q J 9
                               C   A 9

On the above deal, Janee and Gordon were East-West, opposing very good players, and defended an aggressive 3NT contract played by South.  Janee led the 3 of Clubs to the 4, 10 and Ace.  Declarer led a small Spade to the King, which Gordon ducked.  Two successful Diamond finesses followed with the aid of the Ace of Hearts entry, resulting in 7 certain tricks, but that was all Declarer managed to take, and +100 meant a complete top (68) for our heroes.

Then a quickly-bid and successful 6S contract on the next board brought in an above-average score.

The Bulletin Editor, Brian Senior, was on the look-out for contributions, he was duly supplied with the deal shown above and it appeared in Bulletin No. 6 - Thursday 16th August, which is available online; the short article starts near the foot of Page 4.

Janee and Gordon finished their evening against the well-known English International player, David Gold, and Sarah Dunn, and scored an enormous 120 out of 136 match points, thus pushing their opponents down to 8th place; fortune favoured our heroes, although a skilfully-engineered ruff during the play of the second deal brought in 10 extra match points.  If only good fortune had been a bit more on their side during the rest of the event!

In the Friday evening (well, actually early Saturday morning) speedball – which is just a bit of very-high-speed fun, Gordon partnered Irene Robinson of Bristol, and (according to him) thanks to his partner and their generous opponents, Scooby-Doo included, they were placed first out of 26 pairs with a score of 60.25%.  If you don’t believe the Scooby-Doo reference, just look it up on the website - the English Bridge Union should be congratulated, since many details of the results are available on its website – including personal scorecards, and the archives go back as far as 2001.

Acol at BBO 17 Nov 2015.