Just a few questions to start us off this week.
Are we going to India - and, if so, who replaces BJ O'Brien and Michael McDonagh?
Did we play against England in Corm Cairdis? Where was it played and who played for Ireland?
Who completes the sponsored team of six for the Teltcher Trophy? (Though I think I know the answer to that one, as it is already published on a British website.)
Too many secrets methinks.
The extension of the Kelburne Cup to 16 teams and the week-end also including Inter A and B players is an excellent development as it made for a great atmosphere over the weekend. Well run and completed with the minimum of fuss.
Congratulations to the newly-crowned Grandmasters, Enda Glynn, Tommy Garvey, Anna Onishuk and Karl de Raemaeker.
Here is one of the many unusual slam hands from the Kelburne.
Bidding (EW vul)
N E S W P 1D 4S P 4NT P 5H P 5S P P P Thing is should N appreciate his two Aces opposite or should he try to find a D control.
Blackwood is not much use in this situation because of the D suit, so it has to be cue-bidding despite the high start. N should bid 5C and 5D from S solves that.