The next County Committee Meeting will be held,Wednesday 25 April 2018 at 7:00 pm in Nottingham Bridge Club.
The NCBA AGM is scheduled for 16th May.
The committee needs new members, particularly from clubs not currently represented.
Please put your name forward by contacting Clare Batten.
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for Team of 4 results
Report by John Auld
We arrived determined to avoid a repeat of the Warwickshire whitewash.The teams:
Dawes: David Burgess and Gordon Fullerton; Mark Goddard and David Hodge; Graham Lee and Frank Ball; John and Irene Auld
Porter: Geoff Topol and Lloyd Eagling; Martin Mellor and Carol Fisher; Mike and Daphne Coggles; Kyle Lam and Simon Spencer
Markham: Gerry Franklin and Mary Cook; Phil Dale and Ray Furlonger; Daniel Crook and Alex Allen; Bernard Scanlon and Tim Anderson
Things began unpromisingly in the Dawes as we lost 34 imps in the first set and they stayed unpromising after three sets as we lost a further imp to be -35. In casting around for material I was informed by one teammate that none of his results must appear in print. Fearing an injunction I have no choice but to feature a couple of good results at the Aulds` table in the final set starting with board 26:
The Worcestershire North gazed lovingly at his huge hand as he carefully and irreproachably steered himself into 6NT. Faced with a ghastly choice I tried a small spade lead. That gave declarer a cheapish trick with the S10 and he followed with the Ace of spades. Now two top clubs (discarding spades from dummy) saw me throw a diamond and North`s ardour was cooling. He drove out the Ace of Diamonds and won the club return. As declarer cashed winners I clung to four small hearts and left declarer with the problem of making all his heart suit. When the Ace of hearts drew Irene`s 10 he should probably have viewed to drop the Queen to make 6NT but alas for Worcestershire he finessed for -400. The layout he was playing for was hearts 3-3 with Queen onside-unlikely on the play. An interesting point is that he should not discard two spades from dummy as this simplifies my discard problems.
That was a big gain and another followed on board 27:
Irene showed a maximum INT rebid without a major and I tried the slam. South cashed his Ace and led hearts. I was not tempted to finesse as I had the club suit and a possible squeeze to try. These plans dont usually work out but this was the day: after Ace of hearts, Queen of spades and six trumps North paused meaningfully with his four clubs and the King of hearts. +920 was 10 imps.
And so the Dawes team won the last stanza by 35 imps to tie the match 10-10 in VPs. The Porter lost 5-15 and the Markham lost 6-14 but there was no whitewash! Our next objective is to actually win a match.