Many thanks to Colin Freeman who makes sure our dealings with the RAC run smoothly.
The leaders on the cross-IMPs were Andrew McIntosh and Tom Paske from the Black team. (Just pipped their teammates Andrew Black and David Gold for the prize.)
Martin played with Geir Helgemo with teammates Tor Eivind Grude and Christian Bakke. Sadly the rest of the team had to rush for a flight but we have a full team picture here.
A big win for Harris over Allfrey and Andresen over the Chairman’s Team sees the top positions be within 1 VP. However Harris just edged it so very well done to them.
Many thanks to our team of TDs who kept everything running very smoothly throughout the event. Vigfús has come all the way from Iceland for the last several years. Will is a local and this is his first Lederer. Great job both!
Unlikely Allfrey will be caught now barring a last match disaster but the battle is on for second!
How do you find the good diamond slam when partner opens 1S? Only one pair did – Martin Andresen and Geir Helgemo.
Helgemo opened 1S, opps overcalled 3C, Andresen bid 3D which was a good start!
1S – (3C) – 3D – (4C)
5D – (P) – 5NT* – (P)
* pick a slam
Barry Myers misses some of the exuberance of his younger bridge self – he takes it all more seriously these days and is less inclined to try something and see what happens. But his experimentation on a couple of boards worked well in Match 7 playing against two top class players in an unfamiliar partnership.
The first was the very swingy board 3. At Barry’s table his partner Sally Brock opened a trash multi 2D. In the resulting uncertainty the opps were talked out of their slam.
2D* – (P) – P – (X)
P – (P) – 3C – (3H)
P – (4C*) – P – (4H)
On board 6 Barry chose to bid 3H (weak) rather than show a good raise when Sally overcalled 1H. He later doubled the final 3NT contract which went one more off than it might when declarer put him with somewhat fewer high cards than he had.
There’s a bit of selection bias here – Barry’s passing a 12 count in third yesterday didn’t end so well…
Peter Clinch (left) and Ian Payn have been providing entertaining and informative commentary on the proceedings in the Vugraph room.