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The Thrill of A Senior Victory

The 2017 Canadian Bridge Championship was held in Winnipeg Manitoba April 29-May 7.  The competition includes events to select Canadian teams for international competition for 2017: Open, Senior and Women’s. The winners in each event playoff against the Mexican champions for the opportunity of competing in the Bridge World Championship which will be held in Lyon France in August. The Open and Women’s events began April 29 and ended May 2. Then the Seniors event began on May 3.

The Canadian Senior Team Championship (CSTC) is open to members of the Canadian Bridge Federation who are 60 or older. At the current time, I suppose it may contain a large percentage of the total membership of the CBF!  The winner’s names are engraved on The Sam Gold plaque.

The Senior winners have often been stars of Canadian bridge and this year is no exception. Each year it seems the competition gets tougher as more of the baby boomer bridge set reach 60.  Eight teams registered for the seniors and the top four qualified for the knockout phase

The final four qualifying senior teams were:

Hanna: Nader Hanna, Ron Zambonini, Jurek Czyzowicz, Dan Jacob, Michael Roche, John Rayner.

Carruthers: John Carruthers, Paul Thurston, Katie Thorpe, Joey Silver, Keith Balcombe, Marty Kirr

Turner: David Turner, Fred Lerner, John Gowdy, Michael Schoenborn

Domansky: Don Domansky, Cliff Campbell, Dave McLellan, Rollie Laframboise

Partly as a result of the hand below the Turner team won the round robin by 0.24 of a victory point…a very tiny margin which allowed them to pick from the third and fourth place teams for their opponents in the semi-final. They went with the fourth place team Hanna and let Carruthers and Domansky fight it out. Carruthers was the pre-tournament favourite and Domansky was the only team that beat Turner twice in the round robin.

The following is an account by Fred Lerner of a deal near the end of the Round Robin where the Turner team picked up a critical 12 imps.

 

 
N-S
South
N
Lerner
A852
J52
K106
862
 
W
West
Q1094
AQ9
Q2
AJ97
2
E
East
J73
K107
J5
KQ1043
 
S
Shoe
K6
8643
A98743
5
 

As told by Fred…

“I believe the auction was the same at both tables.

W
West
N
North
E
East
S
South
Pass
1NT
Pass
3NT
All Pass

I led the  2, fourth best. Shoe won the  K. Knowing that declarer had four spades he didn’t see any future returning a spade and switched to the  7. I won the  K and returned the  10 unblocking. Up Ace by the Shoe and we ran six diamond tricks, plus two spades to beat the contract four tricks for +200.”

 

At the other table on the same lead, South win the  King and returned the  6. North won and cleared the suit and declarer made four for +430. A new of +630 and 12 imps for us.

The Shoe realized that there was most likely no future in a spade return and played for the best chance to beat the contract .. surpassing his wildest dreams.

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