John Comyn

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - - Puzzles -

THIS is so hard to be­lieve. The se­nior tri­als were played in Lim­er­ick over the week­end. I thought I was see­ing things when I noted that just four teams took part. And of course it was a vir­tual walkover by the top seeds.

Now it is my be­lief that the venue se­lec­tion had a lot to do with this. Or was the clash with the ex­cel­lent Kilkenny Congress an­other con­trib­u­tory fac­tor?

The re­turn to the Springhill Court Ho­tel was a big suc­cess. The staff coped bril­liantly with the big num­ber of play­ers who turned up. And full marks must go to Mar­ion Kil­bride for her tremen­dous work as pres­i­dent and chief or­gan­iser.

One point I would like to men­tion. I don’t like the idea of four matches in the first ses­sion and only three in the se­cond. We fin­ished far too early and I don’t think it is good value any­way. This idea has be­come too preva­lent at too many con­gresses.

The Na­tional Mas­ter pairs is sched­uled for the Bridge Cen­tre this com­ing week­end. En­tries in the usual way on­line.

And so we ar­rive at this week’s hand. And I ask: when is a 4-4 fit bet­ter than 6-4?

This hand came up dur­ing the week.

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