2011 Camrose Trophy: first week-end

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The first week-end of the Camrose Trophy was played at Bewleys Dublin Airport Hotel. The England leads but Ireland is there, as forecasted by Liz McGowan in her presentation of the Trophy. But there is still hope for the Welsh teams, whereas Scotland and North Ireland are too far from the top.

Here is the VPs score after the first five matches (kindly by Mr. Diarmuid Reddan: http://bridge.silvertexter.eu/):

 92 England       
88 Ireland     
80 Wales     
76 Welsh Bridge Union    
69 Scotland    
45 North-Ireland   

The second week-end matches will be on 4-6th of March in Wales, in the Metropole Hotel of LLandrindod, Powys.

 

Open Room. All Vuln. North Ireland in E-W

West

North

East

South

Greenwood

Witthaker

Anderson

Liggins

 

 

 

Pass

Pass

1

2♣

Pass

Pass

Double

3♣

Double

All pass

 

We have selected, for a comment, the deal 7th from the match England vs North Ireland . All vuln; both East have made 3♣ doubled +670.

David Bird, one of the most important author and theorist, has so commented in BBO the auction in Open Room: “No action by N/S seemed obviously wrong. If you are looking for a mistake, I suppose it must be South’s double that comes under the spotlight”.

Closed Room. All vuln. England in E-W

West

North

East

South

Patterson

I Hamilton

Crouch

W Hamilton

 

 

 

Pass

Pass

1 3♣

Pass

Pass

Double

All Pass

 

It need first a note on the Easts’ overcalls. Both play weak jump, then the Rex Anderson’s 2♣ looks more appropriate than the 3♣ of Peter Crouch. However, in Patterson-Crouch’s Convention Card is written: “Weak, but tactical opposite passed partner”. This reservation allows his “weak” jump, with 2,5 defensive tricks and shape enough for a nice opening bid.

 

North

♠KJ72

9543

AKQ107

♣—

 

West

♠AQ53

7

J96542

♣54

 

 

 

 

 

East

♠8

AJ6

83

♣AQJ9632

 

South

♠10964

KQ1082

♣K1087

 

 

Let’s come back to the main question: did Glyn Liggins mistake by doubling? I think he didn’t, but a better help for him comes from Bryant McCampbell, the champion that in 1915 invented the Takeout Double who said: “If your doubles are never beaten, then you are not doubling often enough”.

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by Paolo Enrico Garrisi

   

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