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Sunday Night Catch Up Jun 19, 2016 @ 09:45:44

So at the end of Day 4 these are the results thus far. England are in 7th position, and because France are doing well and will be the hosts of the next Bermuda Bowl, it is likely that the first 7 teams will qualify. We are not yet half way through - 22 more matches remain to be played.
Round by Round results
1 SPAIN Win 15.38  v 4.62
2 IRELAND Win 14.6  v  5.4
3 WALES Win 10.61  v  9.39
4 ICELAND Win 12.29  v 7.71
5 Bye Win! 12
6 LATVIA Win 14.8  v  5.2
7 BELARUS Win 15.19  v  4.81
8 MONACO Lose 9.39  v  10.61
9 SERBIA Lose 5.2  v  14.8
10 PORTUGAL WIn 14.39  v  5.61
11 RUSSIA  Win 18.33  v  1.67
12 AUSTRIA Win 10.31  v  9.69
13 TURKEY Lose  6.03  v  13.97
14 FAROE ISLANDS  Win 13.97  v  6.03
15 SWEDEN Lose 6.72  v  13.28

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Day threes fixtures Jun 18, 2016 @ 04:28:34

  • Round 12: Austria @09.00
  • Round 13: Turkey @12.20
  • Round 14: Faroe Isl @15.00
  • Round 15: Sweden @17.40

For further details see

For Vugraph schedule see

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Day twos fixtures Jun 16, 2016 @ 02:55:13

  • Round 5: Bye @09.00
  • Round 6: Latvia @12.20
  • Round 7: Belarus @15.00
  • Round 8: Monaco @17.40
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European Championships Day1 Jun 16, 2016 @ 10:33:30

In their first match v Spain, England comforably ran out the winners 59 to 37 Imps which translates to  15.38 v 4.62 Victory Points.  There was one quite amusing score which may appear in the Times or the Telegraph, but probably not both!  Match 2 versus Ireland will be on Vugraph starting at 12.20.

Match 2 result was 24-6 in imps to England which translates to 14.6 to 5.4 in Victory points. A close match which swung on 2 hands. England handily in 5th place. To mirror the football , England next face Wales. Wales are winning 1-0 at half time after a fantastic goal by Gareth Bale. England narrowly beat Wales 38-36 in bridge and football 2-1 leaving them in 8th place. One more match against Iceland on the first day

Capping off a fine first day, England beat Iceland 32-20 in imps resulting in 12.20 - 7.71 Victory points.  Lying in 7th place after 4 wins. They have a bye in the first match tomorrow.

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In what can only be described as truly tragic turn of events Wales lost the football in the 91st minute :((

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England’s European Championships Jun 15, 2016 @ 03:22:38

ARBC staff would like to wish the best of luck to  Andrew and David, who are part of the Open Team representing England in the European Championships starting in Budapst.. Over the next ten days they will play a match against each of the other Euopean nations beginning tomorrow (Thursday 16th June 2016) The England Open Team schedule for Thursday is:

  • Spain @09.00
  • Ireland @12.20
  • Wales @15.00
  • Iceland @17.40

Some of the matches will be shown live on the internet (click this link). We will be posting results here.

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Angus and Alex triumph in Guernsey Sep 24, 2014 @ 04:11:37

Angus playing with ex ARBC staffer Alex Gauld teamed up with Guernsey locals Andy Hall and Robert Plumley to triumphed in the Guernsey Teams, the blue ribbon event of the congress.

Here we see Angus and Alex bid and make a slam that none of the rest of the field reached

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Daylight Robbery Sep 16, 2014 @ 02:40:51

Barbara Robb partnering Lida Gentilli, skifully guided home this tricky five club contract that I had doubled.

 

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Andrew qualifies for the final of the Cavendish Sep 06, 2014 @ 03:22:21

Andrew playing with Tony Forrestor won qualified for the final of the Cavendish Invitational played in Monaco. Along the way they topped the third qualifying session. This deal, written up by Telegraph columnist Patrick Jourdain, is taken from that session.

This deal shows how an aggressive call could pay dividends.

Board 6
West Deals
E-W Vul
K 2
7 6 5 2
A 9
10 9 7 6 2
9 7 6
10 3
10 8 4 3
A J 4 3
 
N
W   E
S
 
A 3
K J 8
K Q J 7 6 5 2
K
 
Q J 10 8 5 4
A Q 9 4
Q 8 5
West North East South
  Andrew   Forrester
Pass Pass 1  1 
2  Dbl 3 NT 4 
Pass Pass Pass  

East's opening and Foresster's overcall of 1  must have occurred at many tables. Here West raised to Two diamonds and Andrew, a Passed hand, made an aggressive take out double showing values in Hearts and Clubs with a tolerance for partner's Spades.

East made an optimistic leap to 3 NT. Actually N/S are closer to making this contract as they have eight trick on a Spade lead. No doubt East, if doubled would have run to 4  which is only one off.

However, once North had implied Hearts, Forrester as South was happy to bid game in the suit. He may have been a bit shocked by the quality of dummy's trumps, but the good news was as the cards lay there was no defence to the game.

With the Clubs blocked, the defence could make only one Club, one spade, and one Heart before North's Clubs disappeared on the Spades.

Andrew and Tony Forrester at the cavendish

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Tuesday Afternoon Duplicate 4th June Jun 24, 2013 @ 03:14:26

 

Board 9
North Deals
E-W Vul
A 10 8
A Q J 9 8 3
A 9 8 5
J 9 7 6 4 2
7 5 4 2
7
10 7
N
W   E
S
K Q 5
K 10 6
K 3
A J 4 3 2
 
3
Q J 10 6 4 2
K Q 9 8 6 5

 

West North East South
  1  1 NT 4 NT1
Pass 5  Pass Pass
Pass
  1. What does 4 NT mean. What would 2 NT be? Well a simple
    agreement would be 2 NT shows 5-5 in minors (unusual NT)
    and 4 NT shows 6-6 (very unusual NT)

 

5  by North
Lead: ♠ K
Made 6 — NS +420

Given the 1 NT overcall, the play is an open book - win ♠ A, play  A discarding a ♣, then  Q, ruffing when East plays his  K. Making 12 tricks.

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I am with RKCB In partners hearts. But this time a penalty double works well too?

By Tom. Smith on Nov 29, 2013 @ 10:41:49

Err actually I would play 4NT as Blackwood agreeing partner’s hearts

By andrew robson on Nov 16, 2013 @ 10:20:58

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