P616 ORACLE 616 Sat29 Jul C4 2203:02  IVERSIONS   2/7              By Patrick Jourdain PRIZE PUZZLE 200 This weekend we notch up our 200th prize puzzle on ORACLE's Bridge pages! To celebrate, we've got together with Horsington House Hotel, Somerset, to offer a very special prize... Horsington is run by Bridge enthusiasts Robin and Judy Belcher who hold regular Bridge weekends with pairs, swiss pairs and teams events from Friday to Sunday. Sender of the first correct postcard drawn will win a weekend for themselves plus guest - full board. To be taken any time between October and February (not Christmas/New Year). We will give return train tickets for two! puzzle > Diversions 610 Chess 617 Chess Knitting Holidays Reviews
P616 ORACLE 616 Sat29 Jul C4 2201:01  IVERSIONS   5/7              gHO'S BEEN PLAYING WHERE? Bradford Bridge Club's July Swiss Pairs was held over last weekend. Local players Mrs M Oldroyd and K Sowerbutts (Bradford/Ripon) took first prize; S Haley and M Nicholson (Bradford/Cheshire) came second and Mrs H Hobson and R Garthwaite (Huddersfield) came third. Leading non experts were Mr and Mrs Goodyear, also from Huddersfield. Scottish Bridge Union have their Central District Congress in Dundee August 19-20. more > Diversions 610 Chess 617 Chess Knitting Holidays Reviews
P616 ORACLE 616 Sat29 Jul C4 2210:10  IVERSIONS   6/7              MIX AND MATCH IN EUROPE Young Bridge players from 18 different countries had the chance to learn more about bridge and pick up tips and customs from each other in the week long European Summer Camp in Poland. Our Patrick Jourdain was tutor for the week, giving a lecture on a different aspect of Bridge each morning. Competitons took place in afternoons and evenings with other sports in between. Patrick reports that the lively lot, aged 13 - 23, finished the evening sessions at 12pm, then wanted to stay up and play more bridge until 4am! >>> i Diversions 610 Chess 617 Chess Knitting Holidays Reviews
P616 ORACLE 616 Sat29 Jul C4 2211:00  IVERSIONS   7/7              MIX AND MATCH IN EUROPE ...2 Best feature about the European Summer Camp was having to partner a player of another nationality, so American and Russians paired off! Although not from Europe, the American team, due to play in next week's World Junior Champs in Notting——n, were there warming up. Four prizes of free entry to the next Summer Camp are awarded by the World Bridge Federation - on character rather than play, on how well the players mix. One of the places went to British Andrew Merrison (who resides in West Germany). Poland, USSR and Netherlands won the other places. more > Diversions 610 Chess 617 Chess Knitting Holidays Reviews
P616 ORACLE 616 Sat29 Jul C4 2203:10  IVERSIONS   1/7              by Patrick Jourdain 'FEKEND PUZZLE How should West Play 3NT on a spade lead? S A2 N S 83 H AJ932 W E H 10 D 6543 S D AQJ9 C K5 C AQ7432 press "reveal" for the answer You can try both minors if you start with a LOW club to d{lly and then return to the club king. If the clubs do not break, you can try the diamond finesse. If the clubs are 3-2 you can take nine tricks without risk by refusing the diamond finesse. more > Diversions 610 Chess 617 Chess Knitting Holidays Reviews
P616 ORACLE 616 Sat29 Jul C4 2204:11  IVERSIONS   3/7              By Patrick Jourdain PRIZE PUZZLE 200 South, who plays the strong notrump, opens One Club. West reaches 3NT. North leads the ten of spades, South playing queen, ace, and another. 'fst wins the jack of spades, cashes the king of clubs on which North drops the jack. On the queen of clubs North throws a heart ghat now? S J642 N S K3 H KQ5 W E H 762 D AK S D J753 C KQ102 C A543 Answers on a postcard by August 11 to: 200th Bridge Puzzle, ORACLE, Craven House, Marshall St, London W1V 1LL! >> i Diversions 610 Chess 617 Chess Knitting Holidays Reviews
P616 ORACLE 616 Sat29 Jul C4 2200:00  IVERSIONS   4/7              OLD CROCS RESULTS! Finals of the Crockford's Cup were played over the weekend at the Grand Hotel, Birmingham. Winners were J Niblett (Captain), B Callaghan, R Cliffe, Mrs C Fishpool, P Jackson and D Parry who scored 130 VPs. Runners up: U and G Durmus, K Preddy and N Salway with 121 VPs. Winners of the Crockford's Plate: D Barnes (Captain), J Barnes, N Guthrie and E Maurice with a score of 115 VPs. more > Diversions 610 Chess 617 Chess Knitting Holidays Reviews