The Courier-Mail


- with Tony Jack­man

The Surfers Par­adise Bridge in park­land sur­rounds at Benowa is one of Aus­tralia’s finest. It’s also renowned for its hos­pi­tal­ity which was again on dis­play last week­end when the club hosted its Au­gust Congress. Trevor Strickland, stand­ing in for Alan Gib­son who is on the way back from ill­ness, coped well with the good field. Satur­day’s Swiss Pairs went to N. Fran­cis/M. Perrin who took the lead early and held on to win ahead of S. Ka­malarasa/G. Khemka then C. Miller/K. St­ef­fensen. B grade went to A. Christie/ T. Fletcher with A&V Cho­tai sec­ond. On Sun­day, teams win­ners were M. Sykes/ D. Whi­taker with Miller/ St­ef­fensen. The team, never lower than third, won six of their seven matches to fin­ish nicely clear. R. Parker/ P. Hooykaas with Ka­malarasa/Khemka were a good sec­ond ahead of T&E Berger with K, John­son/ L. Stein­wedel.

E Dealer, Nil Vul

To­day’s hand, from the event, from the pairs, had some pairs in 3NT. North’s 3NT is over-am­bi­tious. Still, if you’re in it, give it a go, maybe the de­fence will slip. At one ta­ble D2 was led to DA, back to DK then D6. Our de­clarer won DQ and stopped to as­sess the prus­pects. He had one trick in, but could see only four top tricks to come (SA, H AK, CA). Only real chances were C KJ dou­ble­ton or a 5:1 break with ei­ther CK or CJ sin­gle­ton – about a 12:1 shot. Mean­while the de­fence had dozed. At trick four, de­clarer pulled CQ. West awoke and in­stinc­tively cov­ered with CK. Oh dear! Nor­mally right to “cover an hon­our with an hon­our” but not to­day. CA won, CJ was now con­ceded to West but his fourth diamond was their last trick. “Sorry part­ner” was all West could say.

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