Monday, 9 January 2017

Camrose 2017 Sunday

Two matches today against Wales and Ireland, with Wales being first up.

After falling behind in the first set a fine second half saw us take a small win. A surprise board found both East/West pairs attempting 3NT where they might have lost the first 11 tricks!

Next were the Irish and this time we were 30 imps down at half time. This time the comeback was not quite enough to win - we lost by 9 and the Irish take a small lead into the second weekend.

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Camrose 2017 Saturday

A good day for England today as we record 2 big wins against the Scottish teams, and move into 1st place.

One set of 16 boards managed to produce 4 slam swings!

Another set saw East receive 7.6 pts / board and have to borrow some extra pass cards

Matches still to come against Wales and Ireland.

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Camrose 2017 Friday Night

And we are off. Just one match on a rainy evening in the Midlands versus N. Ireland and after a high scoring match we emerge with a 99-66 IMP win for 14.82 VP's
As hosts for the second weekend Scotland are fielding 2 teams and we play both in the next 2 matches.

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Women's Teams

Day Ten, World Bridge Games, Tuesday September 13

We have reached the half-way stage of our quarter-final encounter with the Chinese women.   Trailing by sixteen IMPs in what has been a keenly contested match so far, we are hopeful of overturning this relatively small deficit.   We had a good start (see the featured hand below) but a run of three consecutive poor boards at the beginnning of the second stanza enabled the Chinese to establish their advantage, which they still hold.

Current Standings after 48 Boards of the Quarter-Finals

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123Total
CHINA20392180
ENGLAND32131964






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USA39153892
SWEDEN11271250






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SCOTLAND415640137
NORWAY423339114






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FRANCE285321102
POLAND3832575



On a bright note, here is one of our early triumphs:

Board 14. Dealer East. None Vulnerable.

♠ Q T
9 6 5
Q J 5 3 2
♣ 6 5 2
♠ 9 6 4 2
K
A 9 4
♣ A K J 7 4
♠ A K J 8 5 3
A 8 4
K 6
♣ T 9
♠ 7
Q J T 7 3 2
T 8 7
♣ Q 8 3


Using some "Zanussi" technology (the appliance of science) our pair bid with great accuracy:

Catherine Draper                Fiona Brown
       West                                  East
                                                  1S              
        2NT (1)                             3D (2)
         3H   (3)                             3S (4)
         4C   (5)                             4D (5)
         4H   (5)                            4NT (6)
         5H   (7)                            5NT (8)
         6D   (9)                             6H  (10)
         7S    (11)
         
1.     Forcing to game with at least four spades.
2.     Extra values and no shortage.
3.     Enquiry.
4.     At least six spades.
5.     Cue-bid.
6.     RKCB for spades.
7.     Two key-cards (not the queen of spades).
8.     Asking for kings.
9.     Either the diamond king, or both the king of hearts and the king of clubs (Fiona knew which).
10.   "Partner, we have all the key-cards, can you help me with third-round heart control?".
11.   "Yes!"

An excellent auction to an excellent contract, the reward for which was a gain of 11 IMPs...which reminds me.

When I get home, I need to buy a new washing machine.

Derek







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Monday, 12 September 2016

Women's Teams: Emphatic Victory Secures Quarter-Final Place Against China

Day Nine, World Bridge Games, Monday September 12

Our first marathon is over and we seem to have hit our stride in the match against Italy, crossing the finishing line at a canter.  In truth, leading by 95 IMPs, the final stanza was an exercise in going through the motions.  In the quarter-finals, we will face China and, though confident, we are expecting a tough match.

Our progress can be followed on both BBO and LiveBridge.net (video broadcast) at 13:00, when the second stanza of sixteen boards will be shown.

Again, played over 96 boards, the quarter-finals start today and the list of fixtures is:

China       versus     England
USA         versus    Sweden
Scotland   versus    Norway
France      versus    Poland

Congratulations to Scotland for engineering a valiant fightback against the Dutch, leading to a dramatic, nail-biting denouement to their match and victory by a mere 5 IMPs!

Results For the Round of Sixteen 

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CHINA33376574148231
CHINESE TAIPEI15471423448187









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ITALY131027183527130
ENGLAND363424366825223









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SWEDEN821153612635268
NEW ZEALAND343126267128216









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USA392260614915246
AUSTRALIA36571881026155









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NETHERLANDS302355271522172
SCOTLAND26228394933177









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GERMANY411126522419173
NORWAY463316373537204









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TURKEY234025231524150
POLAND632720284945232









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FRANCE335424473535228
SPAIN223135201722147

Derek