Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Venice Cup, Lyon, Day 4

After a tense day's play, England emerged on Tuesday evening in sixth place as we approach the half-way point of the round-robin stage. 

Proceedings re-commence with another nail-biter this morning, this time against the Dutch, who have led the tournament all the way from the start.  In Chennai, two years ago, we managed to defeat them in the bronze-medal play-off, in which there were some extraordinary hands and, no doubt, there will be plenty of further excitement in today's instalment.

This is to be followed by encounters against Chinese Taipei and Jordan.


Current Standings after nine matches::

1NETHERLANDS121.96
2CHINA118.54
3SWEDEN115.01
4INDONESIA113.30
5POLAND108.95
6ENGLAND104.44
7RUSSIA103.19
8EGYPT98.23
9FRANCE97.71
10AUSTRALIA97.70
11USA195.10
12ARGENTINA93.40
13USA293.33
14ISRAEL92.92
15BRAZIL86.28
16ITALY84.35
17NEW ZEALAND73.85
18CANADA70.18
19MOROCCO61.62
20CHINESE TAIPEI52.06
21INDIA49.97
22JORDAN45.91

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Venice Cup, Lyon, Day 3

The round-robin table is taking shape as we enter the third day's play, in which we will meet USA I, Indonesia and New Zealand.   Our opponents represent a considerable challenge with Indonesia, in 2011, and USA, in 2015, both winning silver medals in recent Venice Cups.

We enter today's play in third place after six matches, as can be seen from this table:

1NETHERLANDS86.25
2CHINA82.58
3ENGLAND78.40
4POLAND75.02
5INDONESIA74.22
6EGYPT74.12
7FRANCE64.90
8BRAZIL63.48
9ISRAEL63.29
10SWEDEN63.20
11ARGENTINA62.93
12ITALY62.65
13RUSSIA62.47
14AUSTRALIA61.33
15USA161.01
16USA254.53
17NEW ZEALAND54.37
18MOROCCO45.58
19CANADA39.96
20INDIA33.61
21CHINESE TAIPEI29.14
22JORDAN26.96


For those wishing to follow proceedings, the morning match against USA is being shown on BBO, starting at 10 (BST).

Monday, 14 August 2017

Venice Cup, Lyon, Day 2


A fabulous start to the round-robin stage of the Venice Cup meant that after the first day's play, we are lying in second place.   Hats off to the Dutch for three perfect 20-0 victories.

The format of the event is that for the first week, countries play each other with the top eight progressing to the knock-out stages.   Therefore, we have provided a solid foundation for the rest of the event but there is a long, long way to go.

It can be seen from the current standings that the highly fancied French and Americans teams had slow starts.


1NETHERLANDS60.00
2ENGLAND49.21
3CHINA40.49
4NEW ZEALAND39.71
5POLAND38.60
6INDONESIA35.67
7BRAZIL35.48
8EGYPT35.42
9RUSSIA31.35
10ISRAEL30.41
11SWEDEN30.37
12MOROCCO30.01
13FRANCE29.74
14USA225.23
15USA125.21
16ITALY24.41
17CANADA19.96
18INDIA19.32
19ARGENTINA17.76
20AUSTRALIA16.34
21JORDAN14.80
22CHINESE TAIPEI10.51




Today we play Sweden, India and USA II and we are hoping for more of the same!













Sunday, 13 August 2017

Off to a Flyer ! The Venice Cup, Lyon, Day One, Round Robin Stage

The Venice Cup is underway and we are off to a flying start!

In match 1 of the round-robin, we were drawn to play against France, the home nation and holders of the cup.   Despite an early reversal, we turned the match around with a fine performance and emerged victorious by 32 IMPS to 17!

This was followed by another impressive victory, this time by 47 IMPs to 18 against Egypt.   With all three pairs playing well, we have slotted into second place, behind the flying Dutch.   There is a long way to go but it is a great boost to morale to have started so strongly.

We hope for more of the same against Australia in our final match today whilst, on the menu tomorrow, will be Sweden, India and USA II.

Derek :)



Saturday, 12 August 2017

Venice Cup, Lyon, 2017


The women's world championships is held every two years and teams from twenty-one nations will be competing over the forthcoming two weeks to lift the Venice Cup.   This year, the event is being held in Lyon.

England gained qualification by winning the European Champions in 2016 and our campaign will  begin tomorrow.   As bronze medallists from Chennai in 2015, we start as one of the favourites. 

The three highly talented partnerships that comprise our vastly experienced team are listed below in alphabetical order:

Sally Brock and Fiona Brown
Catherine Draper and Nicola Smith
Sandra Penfold and Nevena Senior

David Burn, in his role as coach, will be providing much invaluable information, especially with respect to the opponents' idiosyncrasies, which are not necessarily limited to their systemic understandings ;-)  I am present as both the non-playing captain and "team blogger".

We kick off with a bang when, in our first match, we take on France,  the host nation and reigning champions from Chennai in 2015.

Meanwhile,  as we try to work out our daily commuting arrangements, David and I will be hoping to avoid any altercations with the local gendarmes - we are not always successful in this respect!

Here's hoping for a great start to what we hope will be yet another successful championships.

Derek :-)







Monday, 9 January 2017

Camrose 2017 Sunday

Two matches today against Wales and Ireland, with Wales being first up.

After falling behind in the first set a fine second half saw us take a small win. A surprise board found both East/West pairs attempting 3NT where they might have lost the first 11 tricks!

Next were the Irish and this time we were 30 imps down at half time. This time the comeback was not quite enough to win - we lost by 9 and the Irish take a small lead into the second weekend.

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Camrose 2017 Saturday

A good day for England today as we record 2 big wins against the Scottish teams, and move into 1st place.

One set of 16 boards managed to produce 4 slam swings!

Another set saw East receive 7.6 pts / board and have to borrow some extra pass cards

Matches still to come against Wales and Ireland.

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Camrose 2017 Friday Night

And we are off. Just one match on a rainy evening in the Midlands versus N. Ireland and after a high scoring match we emerge with a 99-66 IMP win for 14.82 VP's
As hosts for the second weekend Scotland are fielding 2 teams and we play both in the next 2 matches.

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Women's Teams

Day Ten, World Bridge Games, Tuesday September 13

We have reached the half-way stage of our quarter-final encounter with the Chinese women.   Trailing by sixteen IMPs in what has been a keenly contested match so far, we are hopeful of overturning this relatively small deficit.   We had a good start (see the featured hand below) but a run of three consecutive poor boards at the beginnning of the second stanza enabled the Chinese to establish their advantage, which they still hold.

Current Standings after 48 Boards of the Quarter-Finals

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CHINA20392180
ENGLAND32131964






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USA39153892
SWEDEN11271250






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SCOTLAND415640137
NORWAY423339114






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FRANCE285321102
POLAND3832575



On a bright note, here is one of our early triumphs:

Board 14. Dealer East. None Vulnerable.

♠ Q T
9 6 5
Q J 5 3 2
♣ 6 5 2
♠ 9 6 4 2
K
A 9 4
♣ A K J 7 4
♠ A K J 8 5 3
A 8 4
K 6
♣ T 9
♠ 7
Q J T 7 3 2
T 8 7
♣ Q 8 3


Using some "Zanussi" technology (the appliance of science) our pair bid with great accuracy:

Catherine Draper                Fiona Brown
       West                                  East
                                                  1S              
        2NT (1)                             3D (2)
         3H   (3)                             3S (4)
         4C   (5)                             4D (5)
         4H   (5)                            4NT (6)
         5H   (7)                            5NT (8)
         6D   (9)                             6H  (10)
         7S    (11)
         
1.     Forcing to game with at least four spades.
2.     Extra values and no shortage.
3.     Enquiry.
4.     At least six spades.
5.     Cue-bid.
6.     RKCB for spades.
7.     Two key-cards (not the queen of spades).
8.     Asking for kings.
9.     Either the diamond king, or both the king of hearts and the king of clubs (Fiona knew which).
10.   "Partner, we have all the key-cards, can you help me with third-round heart control?".
11.   "Yes!"

An excellent auction to an excellent contract, the reward for which was a gain of 11 IMPs...which reminds me.

When I get home, I need to buy a new washing machine.

Derek







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Monday, 12 September 2016

Women's Teams: Emphatic Victory Secures Quarter-Final Place Against China

Day Nine, World Bridge Games, Monday September 12

Our first marathon is over and we seem to have hit our stride in the match against Italy, crossing the finishing line at a canter.  In truth, leading by 95 IMPs, the final stanza was an exercise in going through the motions.  In the quarter-finals, we will face China and, though confident, we are expecting a tough match.

Our progress can be followed on both BBO and LiveBridge.net (video broadcast) at 13:00, when the second stanza of sixteen boards will be shown.

Again, played over 96 boards, the quarter-finals start today and the list of fixtures is:

China       versus     England
USA         versus    Sweden
Scotland   versus    Norway
France      versus    Poland

Congratulations to Scotland for engineering a valiant fightback against the Dutch, leading to a dramatic, nail-biting denouement to their match and victory by a mere 5 IMPs!

Results For the Round of Sixteen 

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CHINA33376574148231
CHINESE TAIPEI15471423448187









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ITALY131027183527130
ENGLAND363424366825223









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SWEDEN821153612635268
NEW ZEALAND343126267128216









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USA392260614915246
AUSTRALIA36571881026155









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NETHERLANDS302355271522172
SCOTLAND26228394933177









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GERMANY411126522419173
NORWAY463316373537204









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TURKEY234025231524150
POLAND632720284945232









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FRANCE335424473535228
SPAIN223135201722147

Derek