The final round confirmed Williamson as winners with an emphatic 17-3 win over Ashton. Congratulations to them. Dunlop pipped Latchem for second place by 1 VP after they both won their final matches. At the other end of the table, King are relegated despite their 15-5 victory over Webb.
The EBU system is unavailable, so I cannot update the league table – you’ll have to take my word for it.
There was plenty of scope for swings in the session, which started with a couple of potential slams. Board 1 is a poor slam, which needs the heart AK to come down in three rounds or a miracle lie in clubs. Board 2 is cold for 13 tricks, but not easy to bid confidently. Playing a weak NT, NS will start 1C-1S-1NT. North will then bid 2C (checkback or Crowhurst) and find that S has 15-16 with 3-card spade support. RKCB will find all of the aces, and 5NT will highlight the missing king. At this stage, N can count 12 tricks with a 13th if S has a minor-suit Q. A 5-card club suit would probably be enough too, and there are probably squeeze chances if not. That’s probably good enough odds, particularly for those teams who needed a big win.
22 is another possible slam. If there is no intervention, the auction could go something like 1C-1H-3C (or 2NT)-3H-4H-4NT-5S-6H. It’s harder if W makes a lightweight overcall on E then supports. Well, that’s my excuse…
That’s all for another season. Thanks to all for competing and especially to Colin Simcox for directing, Bryan Cross for dealing and the Webb team for making sure we had the correct boards for each round.