History made at the Interstate

July 23, 2009 at 9:43 am 8 comments

Last year the big news from the Interstate was the complete absence of the Northern Territory. Maybe this was partly political, but it costs the representatives a lot financially to compete and even though they have slowly been improving over the years, is playing worth that cost?

For the rest of us at the Interstate it is a great disappointment when the NT doesn’t turn up, not only because it feels like the community is incomplete, but because we all miss a couple of matches that are always interesting. In 1991 I was playing on the NSW Open Interstate team and we made history by being the first NSW team to lose to the Northern Territory. That we nonetheless won the event maybe reflects the fact that even then NT was not to be sneezed at. I can’t recall the details, unfortunately, but Cathy Warthold played a fabulous false-card against me on one deal – and I fell for it hook, line and sinker.

Cathy’s played on many Open Interstate teams with 4 different partners and on several women’s teams as well. Lately she’s figured that adding her weight to the women’s may have more value for the NT than playing in the Open where the team is still far from being able to qualify for the finals.

How right was this assessment as the NT women’s team became the first NT team to reach an Interstate final. It was a fabulous result by Jodi Tutty-Therese Demarco, Cathy Warthold-Rosemary Mooney, Pam Nunn-Alison Maynard, who were a convincing qualifier ahead of an experienced NSW team running third.

Session 5
Board Number 12
Average Score : 130

NS Vul
Dealer West









The NS game is excellent, despite the slim and partly wasted values. Yet it goes down to a straightforward defence. Does that mean EW were wrong, when they did, to bid on to 5C which is not a cheap save at -500? In the Open 2 EW pairs bid to 5C, while 2 sold out to 4S. In the Women’s it was pretty much the same, 2 playing 5C, 2 playing 4S. NT was on the right side of this in their match, Warthold-Tutty collecting 500 while it was passed in at the other table.

In the women’s, however, there was one very curious result. In the match Victoria vs Tasmania, Kaplan-Tishler for Victoria bid and made 4S for +620, no doubt expecting a nice swing. However, in the other room the Tasmanian pair Little-Tyson bid the NS cards to 3NT which makes easily, so the net gain to Victoria was all of one IMP.


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From the Interstate Dick on Defence

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  • 1. Chris Mulley  |  July 26, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    The issue on these hands is not so much where you end up but more how you get there. On some auctions to 5C, the final 5C will be a very poor bid because you have permitted the opponents to assess their values and their fit and you give them the choice of whether to bid on or whether to penalise when they have more or less complete information about the hand.

    This is why my choice was to bury the heart suit entirely in the first place and simply bid some large number of clubs. On the hand, South will double and get a very nice result. On another occassion, they might collect 100 when they were making 5.

    One of my very wise early team captains told us that he didn’t mind results like this (-500 against a non-making vulnerable game) providing the auction had a potential “upside”. But if our auction to 5Cx involved four rounds of bidding, he would have shot us (or, at least, assessed numerous $2 palooka fines).

  • 2. David Morgan  |  July 25, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    The other thing that made the NT team’s achievement a special one is that they had problems with illness and other issues, with the result that they had to play new, ad hoc partnerships in a number of matches.in the RR.


  • 3. sartaj  |  July 24, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    According to the SMH bridge column, Peter Gill had picked NT as one of the ANC finalists.

    Dislike 2C and 1H.

    “1H is serious (after double)”: Pablo Lambardi

    • 4. cathychua  |  July 25, 2009 at 7:18 am

      Well, yes, I wouldn’t pick either bid either. But it isn’t particularly relevant to the general idea of whether one gets too high on this hand, or has to on the expectation that it will be cheap and therefore necessary….

  • 5. phil markey  |  July 23, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    sensational effort from the NT women in an experienced field

    i think this hand is an extreme result and its fine to play 5 clubs hit – it does depend on your system/auction though and in the auction given west doesnt have a 2 club bid and probably wont be persuaded to dive when they hear pard has support

    if i was a gambling man – which i am – i would give you maybe 6/1 on 5 clubs being -500 and 4 of a major not making on the given auction and expect to make a profit

  • 6. phil markey  |  July 23, 2009 at 11:14 am

    2C was a beginner’s bid


    • 7. cathychua  |  July 23, 2009 at 11:28 am

      Well, okay, but one way or another everybody wanted to bid 5C if they thought their partner had clubs. Even five clubs over one club and that certainly wasn’t going to be a five card suit….so it doesn’t seem so relevant to me.

  • 8. Z  |  July 23, 2009 at 9:51 am

    2C was a beginner’s bid


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