WE have gone through a very rough patch, with many Bridge players passing away recently and it is with deep regret I have to report two more - Grandmaster Ann Montwill, and one of the nicest people you ever met, Peg Mullins from Tralee.
Ann played for Ireland 14 times and won 15 National championships. She was predeceased a short time ago by her husband, Alex, who was also an international and a national champion.
Peg Mullins was also a very good player and I've known herself and Billy for a very long time, and to him I offer heartfelt sympathy.
More good news from abroad. The Irish open team finished a most creditable 7th in the Icelandair international inn Reykjavik. There were 100 top-class teams in action. The usual Mark Moran outfit was in action, minus Tommy Garvey.
It seems the CBAI is not the most romantic organisation. Try getting accommodation in Athlone for the Holmes Wilson trophy next weekend. It is impossible, of course - since it is Valentine's Day on Saturday. Did nobody know that?
Hand beautifully played by Tom Hanlon in the Camrose.
Bidding (all vul) S W N E 1D P 1H P 2H P 4H
Tom immediately recognised he hadn't enough trumps to cross ruff. I wonder how many of us mere mortals would immediately play on Diamonds after the SJ lead?
H played small to the 9 and that was that. Now there is no defence, as he was later able to play his 2nd D to the J.