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NCBA Committee Meeting

The next County Committee Meeting will be held,
Wednesday 12 June 2019 at 5:30 pm in Nottingham Bridge Club.

Match Results

Team Captains are invited to email match results to the appropriate League Secretary Jane Hall  for Team of 8 results and Shirley Ashtari
for Team of 4 results

Warwickshire (Home) 22/04/2018

Report by John Auld

This match twice rescheduled because of bad weather was almost the match that never happened.

The teams were as below:

( Butler imps are in italics)


David Hodge & Nick Dyer -2

Ankush Khandelwal & Willie Crook  7

Steve Mulligan & Sandy Fulton -17

Irene & John Auld -19


Shirley Ashtari & Dick Milne24

Steve Fordham & Keith Spencer 51

Janet Jacques & Michael Bleaney -12

Toni Smith & Maciej Leman -71


Frank Turton & Roger  Stock 23

Dorothy & Chris Close 27

Jane Hall & Clive Wood -4

Hannah Tuus & Ivan Brajkovic -39


Well done Steve and Keith in the Porter match.


Notts had decided that after two attempts it was not going to be possible to play this match, but discussions with Warks persuaded me that the match needed to be played. The result was not important to Notts but other counties results were very much affected. If we did not play then the winners would be determined by committee. So some players rearranged their commitments, scratch partnerships were formed and a decent team assembled. No doubt Warks had their own challenges sending players into the breach for a third time.

The match was played mostly as county matches usually are; harmoniously but competitively. Despite help from Adrian Knight (much appreciated) the Nottingham computer would not accept the EBU software to run the match which led to a slightly chaotic start; and unfortunately there were a few rather surreal disputes over very minor issues. But the match was played and a proper result achieved. Warks gathered some 60 imps in the final set to win the Dawes match by 14-6 VPs and the league by 4 VPs from Gloucestershire.


The most interesting hand of the match was board 24 with opportunities for bidding, declarer play and defence:


This was often the bidding to a theoretically hopeless 3NT. The HQ was led and declarer won and played A and another club won by East with the K as West played the J. At least one defender (who wishes to remain anonymous) woodenly continued hearts and watched declarer make an overtrick. David Hodge took the time to count declarers tricks and switched to a small diamond leading to 3 off. David and Nick Dyer who had not met before formed an effective partnership for this match.

Given that a competent defender will beat 3NT as played, declarer should play small to the C10. That at least makes it a bit harder to find the diamond switch.

The best contract is 4S but only Willie and Ankush managed that. Ankush tells me that was lucky but lets not quibble. Ankush won the heart lead and drew SQ and A (hiding SK) before playing clubs. (He could not afford to play three rounds of trumps having three losing diamonds). Now the defence have to underlead DA to enable a third round ruff, but that was missed. 

Boards 13 and 14 were not good for yours truly. On 13 I was never avoiding 6S after partner showed a strong balanced game raise. Given my huge hand I do not understand how every other Notts pair avoided  this trap. I suppose 2NT over the double (showing values for 3+ spades)  might work if it gets a 4D splinter bid, but that would be very well judged. I was in due course  one off as the defence sure- footedly led DA and another before signalling their distribution as I cashed a top diamond and 7 spade tricks. Two Warks declarers (in Porter and Markham teams) made 6S. I also went off in  slam on board 14 but given that I was missing AK of trumps I cannot claim to be unlucky.

I was certainly not unlucky on board 6:

Yes that was the bidding. I inadvertantly used Stayman when I meant to make the usual 2D transfer. True partner should jump to 3H over 2D but the difference is that South can bid 2H for takeout over 2D leading to a cheap save in 4S. "Better to be lucky than good" observed North.