The next County Committee Meeting will be held,Wednesday 1 May 2019 at 7:00 pm in Nottingham Bridge Club.
Team Captains are invited to email match results to the appropriate League Secretary Jane Hall for Team of 8 results and
for Team of 4 results
Report by John Auld
This match was an improvement on recent efforts in that overall we achieved parity. Team members with butler imps scores were:
Dawes: John & Irene Auld +1
David Hodge & Steve Raine -35
William Crook & Sandy Fulton -6
Gordon Fullerton & Frank Ball +8
Porter: John Rolph & Gerry Franklin -23
Lloyd Eagling & Keith Rodgers +25
Graham Lee & Dick Milne -14
Bill Whalley & Pravin Tailor +8
Markham: Faye Staton & Dianne Abbott +41
Phil Dale & Ray Furlonger -28
Will Irving & Janet Jacques -15
Ian Dovey & Shirley Ashtari +29
Faye and Dianne registered the best Butler score which helped the Markham win 13-7. The Porter team drew whilst the Dawes lost 7-13.
Things started brightly in the Dawes match with William and Sandy punishing the opponents Lucas two bid on board 2:
East applied the weak two suiter gadget and Sandy chose well by doubling as North. Six five is not a classic shape for a takeout double but this is a special situation. East has five spades and West (who passed) probably has less than four and not a particularly strong hand. The chances of South having a good hand with a spade stack are very high. And so it proved. William had no trouble passing to collect 500 where every other North South pair blundered into a hopeless 3NT.
That was perhaps unfortunate for East West but they created their own problems on board 6:
If there is a problem with Lucas Twos it is with the users who deploy the weapon on all sorts of unsuitable hands. If this East hand is a weak two suiter (or weak one suiter) then to misquote from a famous libel trial "I am a banana". Game was duly missed when it was easily reached after a 1H opener.
Our forward march was halted on board 8:
I was North and led a heart won on table as partner played the ten. After due consideration declarer led DJ which worked a treat. Later he cashed SA dropping my K so that was an overtrick. Meanwhile our declarers finessed a spade immediately and won the heart continuation in hand to draw trumps and avoid the impending heart ruff . That meant two trump losers and no entry to tackle diamonds leading to two losers there. This is an awfully difficult hand to analyse and two days after the match I do not know the best theoretical line. David Hodge is working on it.
So losing points on board 8 could be considered unlucky but the performances on 25 were lamentable all round.
Six diamonds is excellent and easy to make but nobody bid it; in fact only one pair of twelve managed even game in diamonds. The popular choice was the awful 3NT going off, bid on some such sequence as shown. After a 2C checkback East denied 3 hearts or 4 spades and West guessed 3NT. This is a prime example of minor suit aversion brought on by too many club pairs events. As William pointed out a further probe of 3C could get you to 6D-perhaps via 3D and then 4S showing a shortage.
When I was East I committed a different mistake when the opponents sacrificed in 4S doubled. Ideally I should bid 5D which in our sequence Irene might have raised but alas not. The scope for errors at this game is almost unlimited.