How chess players think: opening lead continued.

January 17, 2011 at 6:01 pm 3 comments

You pick up:

s97
h1942
d1832
cAJ1054

You are on lead after this auction:

1NT……2C
2D……..2H
All Pass

Over the years I’ve wished I’ve kept data on how chess players think when they play bridge. One area that has consistently struck me as a fork in the road between them and non-chess players is that they are less dogmatic. This comes out particularly in leading away from aces against suit contracts. I had a hand in a GNOT against Ron Cooper, who was a classy chess player, where he underlead an ace against my major suit game – only lead that could work – and I rose king – only way to make, playing him to have done that. I don’t know if I would have played any non-chess player to have done so, irrespective of their ability. It wasn’t the first time this has happened, it won’t be the last.

So, here is my brother in action, holding that rubbishy collection with the badly placed CA. What can a chess player do? He led the CJ and followed with a low one when that held. Holding 2H to eight tricks was worth an IMP or so.

Dealer East
All Vul

NORTH 

sK1053
h1J8765
d1QJ6
c9

WEST 

sQJ42
h1KQ
d1K1054
cQ73

EAST 

s97
h1942
d1832
cAJ1054

SOUTH 

sA86
h1A103
d1A97
cK862

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Entry filed under: chess, defence.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. khokan  |  January 18, 2011 at 7:52 am

    I’m not quite sure I agree that bridge players should be any more or less dogmatic than chess players. Don’t some chess players follow the same openings etc?

    I’d be curious to know more about chess in Australia. Can one make a living from it in Australia and how is Australia placed in terms of world chess? Do we have many (any) players ranked in the top 100? If Australia does produce world beating chess players, then maybe some of the things that work in chess could be translated into bridge?

    Reply
    • 2. cathyc  |  January 18, 2011 at 7:57 am

      That’s a big subject, Khokan and it’s going on for midnight here. I will write a post about it tomorrow.

      Reply
      • 3. khokan  |  January 18, 2011 at 9:57 am

        On that subject (i.e., how to raise the prominence of Australia as a bridge-playing nation), IMO about the only time that Australia had any world profile was around 1986-1989, when Marston-Burgess came third in the World Pairs, Marston was nominated as the IBPA Player of the Year and Australia made the semis of the Bermuda Bowl.

        Before and since then, it’s been pretty lean pickings, with some seconds and thirds at the PABF, and some OK performances at invitationals (e.g. Cavendish and NEC).

        I’d be interested to hear your thoughts about the situation with Australian chess, so maybe a strategic approach to bridge administration in Australia can be developed.

        Reply

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