Friday 28th September - Sunday 30th West of England Congress
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The EBU is unable to hold their usual Summer Meeting as Eastbourne this year as the venue there is undergoing extensive refurbishment. Instead there will be a Summer Festival centred aound 2 large weekend events in London, 2 weeks apart. In between, there are to be several mid-week evening events which are offered at several venues around the country, scored together to give a national ranking. The G.C.H.Fox Championship Pairs on Tuesday 7th August at 7:15 pm and the Mixed Pivot Teams on Wednesday 15th August at 7:15 pm are available to play at Bristol Bridge Club. Players in the South-West of the country therefore have a chance to play in these national events without having to stray too far from home.
The entry fee for both competitions is £7 per player. Of this £7, the EBU gets £3. They provide the back up support and publicity, the deal files so that all venues have the same hands, Blue points at the national rate and the prizes including stratified prizes based on players’ national ranking. The club gets the other £4 for providing the venue, dealing the boards, and paying the tournament director who is Philip Green, an EBU Congress director.
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The club plays duplicate bridge on most days of the week, usually with a qualified director.
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Defensive play is about having an ability to visualise the whole hand and the best line of defence and sometimes being very bold in executing that plan. The following is a favourite hand of mine featuring probably the greatest player in the Italian blue team still playing top level bridge at 90 Benito Garozzo.
The contract is 4s doubled and you hold:
you have opened 1h in third seat and south has shown a strong hand with 6 or 7 spades and at least 4 diamonds and your partner has doubled the final contract having raised you to two hearts.
Lead is a low heart to your ace and you return a trump .declarer wins and play a diamond to the Q your plan?
What do you know about the hand? If declarer has 6 spades he also holds 4/5 diamonds and since partner only bid 2h a minimum of 2 hearts so one thing we know for certain is he will not be able to use the clubs in dummy since he is short in the suit .We know we would like to play a second trump to kill the ruff in dummy but we cannot get partner in for this purpose so all looks hopeless .This is where the visualisation skill comes in Garozzo ducked the DQ and when declarer continued with the 8 he ducked a second time ! Since we know declarer has at least 4 diamonds this play can never cost and when the layout is as follows it is a big winner as declarer holds
on the second diamond declarer inserted the 9 losing to the ten and now partner could play a second trump ensuring the contract went two light instead of just one. The two ducks are brilliant plays.
The decline in the use of the Acol 2 Bid has created a problem for some methods. Playing 2c and 2d as strong( Benjamin ) provides help whereas if you have only 2c as your strong bid as is played by many players you have to make some close choices between a one bid and 2c. I will provide some examples and try to glean some principles .
If you hold a hand such as
if you open 1s you could easily miss 6h therefore the hand is a 2c opener .My test is would you be seriously worried if you opened 1s and partner were to pass and here you would be.
If you are 3 suited then the problem of describing your hand after opening 2c may be too great so you should try a one bid eg
Imagine the bidding goes 2c -2d -3d -3s this is a ghastly space consuming sequence which could easily miss a fit in hearts or clubs .
This was another awkward hand
is this a 2c bid or a one heart opener( it is definitely not a 2nt opener ) if those are your options ? A close call I would say but just 2c .
Suit quality is also a determining factor in the decision so
is a 1s bid rather than 2c I think .
This brings me on to the question of when to open 2nt with an off centre shape .In general I am not a fan. In a league match this season I held
1c 2c or 2nt what is your poison ? 2nt was selected in both rooms including your correspondent and this shows what a poor choice this proved to be with the hand opposite
7c was cold and we reached 3nt .So what does this prove ? A hand with a 6 card suit or shortage or very good controls tends to be undervalued by the point count.
If you open 2nt with ( superb controls and all working points )
you will miss 6c when partner holds
For some strange and unconnected reason I am reminded of that legendary football manager Brian Clough and he would no doubt have said with regard to big hand valuation " lad you need skill and judgment in valuing hands and some players have it, some are learning it and some are never likely to acquire it " and then he would no doubt have added " I am may not be the best football manager in the world but I am certainly in the top one !"
Another pair of deals one from from Ostend and another from a recent match .
The difference between pairs and teams is the size of the gain so in pairs an overtrick can make all the difference whereas in teams one must play the safest line to ensure the success of the contract and forget about overtricks.
Another hand with plenty of nominated intermediate cards to arouse suspicion !
The contract is 4s and the lead is a heart .
The trump suit is crucial here and many top class players went off in this one.
In the trump suit alone there is a safety play which is low to the ace and low to the 8 in dummy which guards against the suit dividing 4-1 with singleton nine or 10 on the right which was the actual lay out. Perhaps there is an even better line of play.
Cash 2 hearts, three clubs and the DA and SK and ruff a heart in dummy. If all this passes off ok you have 8 winners now simply exit with a diamond and if Left Hand holds QT9x in trumps he will be forced to win trick 11 after his partner has cashed DK and DQ and lead into your AJ of trumps.
Then your correspondent revealing his typical trait for feeble bidding
It is game all teams and it goes pass (2h 7-10 with hearts and a minor ) on your right you overcall 2s and hear 4h to your left passed back to you ? Do you bid or pass .In a sense 2s described most of your hand except imagine partner holds say a long minor or 3 card spade support now 4s or 5m could still be cold and the bidding has suggested partner will probably not hold substantial heart values so double now is correct to show a take out hand of hearts offering partner 3 options pass with heart values or bid 4s or 5m .It is certainly not the best method to play double here as penalty since with that hand you are happy to pass .
4s is one off with 4h cold.
The following is a fascinating declarer play problem.
You play in 5 spades after LHO has overcalled in diamonds and east has supported. The lead is DA. There is a 100% line of play provided trumps break 2-1.
Ruff the lead high play a spade to the jack and ruff a second diamond high and continue with a trump to the ten drawing the last trump and now ruff the third diamond.
So with the diamond suit eliminated and trumps drawn we have reached
We require 6 more tricks from this point. The certain line now is to cash HA unblocking the ten, play a heart to the king and a third heart inserting the 9 if RHO plays small. If the hearts are 3-3 with the jack wrong LHO will win and is now end played and must play either a diamond allowing us to ruff with our last trump in hand discarding a club from dummy with the 4th heart providing a second club discard from dummy. If a club is returned we score the CK and have a heart to discard the other club loser. If RHO has started with Jxxx in hearts we are also ok when the CA is offside.
So we make 4 ruffs in our hand and 4 in the dummy together with 3 heart tricks. I do not think I have seen a 6-4 fit played as a dummy reversal for a total of 8 winners before which makes the hand highly unusual.
Week 16 and 15
Weeks 2 and 1
EBU Summer Festival
Bristol Bridge Club is hosting 2 events:
Tuesday 7th - GCH Fox Championship Pairs
Wednesday 15th - Mixed Pivot Teams
Sunday 23rd - Curtis Cup
Cancelled but If you would like to join our next Fast Track bridge course later in the year, please email email@example.com to register your interest.