Gosport BC wins NICKO Plate

The National Inter-Club Knockout (NICKO) Plate has been won by the team from Gosport Bridge Club. Phil Downham, Adrian Fontes, John Jones and Mahmood Nurmohamed beat a team from Leeds BC (Robin Jepson, Alan Brosgill, Martin Edge & Nick Woolven) 90-65 in the final.

Phil Downham contributed a report on this hand:

After a friendly but hard fought contest, Gosport ran out winners by 90-65 IMPs. With a combination of good luck and sound judgement, Gosport gained imps on several boards when their aggressive bidding pushed Leeds to the 5 level. On the hand below, however, it was Gosport who successfully judged to bid on.

        76    
        32    
        KQ7652    
        AQ2    
K843
N
  AQJ10952
A10 W E   964
3   984
KJ9653
S
  -
        -    
        KQJ875    
        AJ10    
        10874    
West North East South
- 1 3 4
4 pass pass 5
pass 5 pass pass
5 Double pass 6
All pass

Leeds didn't find the diamond ruff, so 2 off, undoubled, was a good save against the making game.

A rare case of a vulnerable sacrifice against non-vulnerable opponents.

Some lead problems from the match are also available on the Gosport Website