The final of the Cahalan Cup County knockout was played on Monday 12 July and I'm pleased to say that my team emerged victorious. The teams were Jeremy Baker, Jeremy Dhondy, Andy Hughes and Fred Hotchen playing Adrian Fontes, Karen Dewar, Julian Sykes and Bo Deyal.
Matches are normally 24 boards but, as it was the final, we had to play 32. Scoring up after each set of 8 boards, we were leading by 4 imps after the first set. After the second set, half-time, we were losing by 12 imps, then after 24 boards we made a recovery to plus 13 imps, finally ending up 14 imps ahead at the end.
Board 20 (shown above) produced a swing to the winning side. If you look at all four hands you may be forgiven for thinking that 4♠ played by North was the rightful contract, but whoever said Bridge was a game of accuracy?!!!
At our table I opened 1NT on the West cards and Jeremy, hoping to run his diamonds, optimistically tried 3NT. I did make all the diamonds but only after the opposition took their five spade winners! As North-South hadn't bid anything, I didn't realise at the time they could make a game in spades!
In the other room Julian, sitting West, opened 1♦. Jeremy (Dhondy) overcalled 1♠, Bo jumped to 3♦ and Andy jumped to 4♠. This was passed round to Bo who further competed with 5♦ which Andy doubled and went three off for minus 800 and a swing of 12 imps.