We welcomed eight players to our September tournament. As this meant tables of four, with each player only playing three-quarters of the hands, we decided to play just two sessions to fit in more games, and managed two sessions of 40 boards each.
The highlight was our first ever successful tournament Grand Ouvert, made by Chris Beesley:
Forehand. J. CS C. S. ATQ H. A D. ATK7
Remarkably, the following seven hands at the same table produced two more successful announced Grand Hand Schneiders: another from Chris and this one from Beth Knight, which made Schwartz.
Middlehand. J. CS C. S. ATK97 H. AT9 D.
Beth mistakenly thought she was Forehand, but got away with it when the Jacks split. Ouvert wouldn't have made, as Forehand held both remaining Spades and could have led one for Hinterhand to trump.
Chris's hands helped him to a halftime lead, but Andy Mawhinney's consistency (2nd and 1st) comfortably won, his only loss coming on the last hand of the day. Chris was second and Beate Schmolinski third. Prizes were awarded for 1st and 2nd place, and for the Grand Ouvert.
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