Archive for May, 2010

Scottish Cup

PS: Comments held over until tomorrow, look forward to your opinions.

You pick up vul vs not, this:

EAST

s
h1
d1A109xxx
cJxxxxxx

It’s the final of Scotland’s most prestigious event. John Holland who plays for England is one of your opponents. It’s towards the end, it’s all awfully close. So you pick up the above hand and see the auction proceed:

WEST….NORTH….EAST….SOUTH
………………………Pass…..1S
Dble……4C……….?

What’s your bid and plan with this lot?

May 31, 2010 at 6:26 am 3 comments

At the five level. Four card majors

The idea of opening four card majors is that you find out what your partnership is most likely to need to know quickly, thus bidding quickly and with minimal information exchange (ie information for the opponents to make use of) to a sensible contract.

This hand is a good example:

Board 6
Dealer East
EW Vul

NORTH

s109
h1AQJ1032
d1KQ74
c6

WEST

sAKJ742
h165
d11096
c42

EAST

sQ853
h1K4
d1A52
cKJ108

SOUTH

s6
h1987
d1J83
cAQ9753

WEST….NORTH….EAST….SOUTH
……………………1S……..Pass
4S……..5H……….Dble…..All Pass

North hasn’t any choice, has he? East can comfortably double.

In the other room:

WEST….NORTH….EAST….SOUTH
…………………….1C……..Pass
1S……..4H……….Pass…..Pass
4S……..Pass……..Pass…..5C
Pass……5H……….5S……..All Pass

5H went one down doubled and 5S drifted three down. You might criticise East’s bidding, but it had to be harder than the auction in the other room! I’d really hate to hold that East hand and never get to show 4 card support for a suit that partner has bid by himself to the four level.

May 28, 2010 at 5:39 am 1 comment

At the five level.

Teams
Dealer East
EW vul

EAST

sQ853
h1K4
d1A52
cKJ108

WEST….NORTH….EAST….SOUTH
…………………….1C……..Pass
1S……..4H……….Pass…..Pass
4S……..Pass……..Pass…..5C
Pass….5H………?

May 27, 2010 at 3:33 pm 4 comments

A further observation on bridge vs chess

I liked this:

Lloyd Fell died in Sydney last week at the age of 91. He was a leading player over several decades, winning the NSW Championship in 1963 and playing in a number of Australian Championships, and draughts champion of Queensland in the 1950s. Lloyd played in every Doeberl Cup from its inception in 1963 to 2008, coming equal first in 1978; in later years the tournament declared him a Master, thereby qualifying for free entry, in recognition of his record.

I make a point of it because obviously the person who gave most to bridge in Australia, by a long shot, was Tim Seres and my sense is that he never received close to the recognition he should have. We had in Australia one of the super best players in the world for many decades – in chess he would have been a supergrandmaster at the very least – and really, did we care???! I would love any stories about Tim being given the recognition he should have, but my sense is that acknowledgement was not nearly commensurate to what we received as a community from him. I will point out that Tim must have spent an enormous amount of money playing bridge in, and for, Australia. For decades he played everything there was to play. Phil Markey, give us an approximate figure of what that cost him, please!

May 25, 2010 at 8:25 pm 4 comments

Into the valley of death? Concluded

Ben, You are going to hate this, sorry! It was versus Cayne on the weekend.

Board 9
Dealer North
EW Vul

NORTH

sKJ876
h1QJ1083
d1
c952

WEST

sA10
h1AK4
d1KJ982
cKQ10

EAST

sQ5432
h1962
d173
cA43

SOUTH

s9
h175
d1AQ10654
cJ876

West…..North…..East…..South
…………Pass……Pass…..2D
Pass…..Pass……Dble……Pass
Pass…..Redble…Pass……3C
Dble……All Pass

+1100

In the other room after a 3D opening, West overcalled 3NT and made 9 tricks for 11 IMPs to Australia.

May 25, 2010 at 4:15 am 15 comments

Into the valley of death?

It’s teams, vul against not. You pick up:

EAST

sQ5432
h1962
d173
cA43

West…..North…..East…..South
…………Pass…..Pass…..2D
Pass…..Pass……..?

May 24, 2010 at 4:01 am 4 comments

What now? Concluded.

The deal’s from Adam Sarten, who is playing in Sweden these days:

NORTH

s109652
h19854
d1KQ10
c8

WEST

sQ43
h1AKQJ10
d1J7
c743

EAST

sKJ87
h17
d186
cAKJ1065

SOUTH

sA
h1632
d1A95432
cQ92

At his table after:

P….1H….P….2C
2D…2H…2S…Dbl
3D…P…..P….. ?

He chose 3H!!!! This was duly raised to 4H by his partner who made when the defence did not take their ruff. Amazingly in the other room the opponents also got to 4H, defeated on the ruff for a game-swing to our Swedish Aussie.

PS: It seems obvious to me to double. I think it is penaltyish, but in passout on this auction partner isn’t goint to expect the world, and surely with 3 card club suit unmentioned he’ll bid 4C. Of course, this is no way to get to 4H!!!

May 21, 2010 at 8:14 pm 4 comments

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