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.
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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.