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Thursday 14 November 2019

NORTH

Without any doubt, we enjoyed the fourth senior congress at what was easily the best venue in the whole country. Now I accept it's not easy to find the La Mon Hotel in Belfast, but what a treat we had in store.

The staff were fully prepared for a very big turnout and the organisation was again top class. Full marks to Ann Hassan and her co-organisers who did a splendid job. Needless to say we had Fearghal O'Boyle to supervise. I hope the event returns to this venue next year.

Great to see so many cross-channel visitors including Paul Hackett and Liz McGowan and, of course Pat McDevitt from the States.

Early Easter this year, so only a week or so to Galway Congress at the Ardilaun Hotel.l. Starts with mixed pairs on Good Friday and the usual schedule after that, ending with teams on Easter Monday at 10.30 am. Entries to Marcella Mitchell at (091) 757-986.

Luck plays an enormous role in Bridge, as in life. If you don't agree, take a look at this hand from the senior pairs.

Bidding (both vul) N E S W 1D P 1S P 2C P 3D P 4H P 4S P 6D P P P

Terrible slam. I have seen better hands go down in game. Just needed S finesse, C finesse, A of H the right side and trumps to behave. I should have bought a lottery ticket when this horror rolled home.

NORTH

♠Q9

♥4

♦KQ9876

♣AQ98

WESTEAST

♠72♠K10865

♥1098753♥AJ2

♦43♦J2

♣K104♣653

SOUTH

♠AJ73

♥KQ6

♦A105

♣J72

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