Area & National Mixed Pairs: Llanarthne. February 24th.
Entires so far:
Linda Pinnock & Steve Burgoyne
Debbie Lea & Dave Lea
Jennifer Wardell & Keith Davison
Julie Milewski & Peter Milewski
Jenny Vaughan & Tony Disley
Nicky Hancock & Mike Reed
Catherine Dudlyke & Glan James
Vida Halford & Glyn Williams
Emer Disley & Tony Haworth
Glenda Roberts & Liam Sheridan
Eleanor Price & Keith Richards
Jean Pollard & Bill Glynn
Julia Griffiths & Geoff Griffiths
Pat Haworth & Terry Dolan
Margaret Lane & Ian Grove
Wendy Heaton and Barry Thorne
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The nine of diamonds playing card is often referred to as the "Curse of Scotland" There are a number of reasons given for this connection:
1. It was the playing card used by Sir John Dalrymple, the Earl of Stair, to cryptically authorise the Glencoe Massacre. Certainly there is a resemblance between the nine of diamonds and his coat of arms.
2. The Duke of Cumberland is supposed to have scribbled the order for "no quarter" to be given after the Battle of Culloden on a nine of diamonds playing card..
3. It has also been suggested that it is a misreading of the "Corse of Scotland" ie the "Cross of Scotland" or St Andrew's Saltire. There is a resemblance between the pattern of the nine of diamonds and the Saltire.
4. Nine diamonds were at one time stolen from the crown of Scotland and a tax was levied on the Scottish people to pay for them - the tax got the nickname "The Curse of Scotland".
The first two explanations are the ones most commonly given.
Now it seems to be the Curse of Wales, or at least the WBU as well!
The first issue of WBU playing cards had an incorrect Jannersten Bar Code on the nine of diamonds making them impossible to deal in a Duplimate machine. Richard Edward the card printers has reprinting the offending card and these will be distributed as soon as possible."
A contract of 6 Hearts by South and West leads a spade . Reading this as a singleton Declarer played the Ace and, sitting East Jean Besse the top Swiss player dropped the King! under it without hesitation.Of course Declarer now assumes that this is the singleton. He also believes that he cannot afford to take the Heart finesse in case West wins and gives East a ruff so he plays the Ace and another heart.
Jean Besse wins the trick and plays a spade for Partner to ruff.
THESE PEOPLE PLAY A DIFFERENT GAME!
Another one below -
Bill Nicholls, of MUMBLES DUPLICATE BRIDGE CLUB, comments on an issue that has come up during play at the Club over the last few weeks.
Thanks to Bill Nicholls for these contributions.
Setting: it is the final of the Spingold, the prestige knockout teams event at the American Summer Nationals. The starting field included most of the world's top teams. After 50 boards and with 10 to go, it couldn't be much closer 75 imps versus 73 .
2♦ was the American Multi, a weak two in either major; 2♥ pass or correct, 4♥ was ???
I had planned a more modest effort of my own for this feature but I can't compete with this ( Suggestions / contributions welcome, send to the Secretary or Chairman )
At the table 4♥ was passed out. When the dust settled 4♥ was -5 with a quiet 4♠ making in the other room. 15 imps changed hands and the championship was lost.