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# Player of the year contest goes down to the wire

December 28, 2018

After trailing for most of the year, Terry Lubman won her fifth straight YWCA “Player of the Year” contest, which ended with the final game Dec. 16.

Lubman’s winning percentage was 60.4 percent for 23 games, as compared to the 60.0 percent posted by runner-up Leia Berla for 27 appearances. Berla had paced the contest for most of the year, falling from the lead for the first time after November’s play. Mary Scarfi finished third with 58.1 percent for 40 games, followed by Sharon Santow, fourth with 57.7 percent for 26 games, and Jerry Jacobs, fifth at 57.6 percent for 15 games.

Rounding out the Top 10 in the contest, for which anyone who plays in at least 15 games during the year automatically becomes eligible, were: sixth, Lois Spagna, 57.3 percent; seventh, Carole Hue, 56.4 percent; tied for eighth, Eleanor Gimon and Susan Vock, 56.3 percent; and tied at 10th, Carol Cram and Renate Fremuth, 55.3 percent. A total of 55 players played in at least 15 games during the year.

Today’s quiz: Here is another in the current series of quizzes on interpreting your partner’s bids. In the following problem, you are given an auction accompanied by three hands your partner might hold, but only one of which actually fits the bidding shown (you are not given your own hand). Applying the principles of standard bidding, which of the three hands do you think partner has?

The bidding: Opponent-1D; You-Double, Opponent-Pass; Partner-1S. Partner could hold:

a) S AJ94 H 85432 D 62 C 97

b) S 9873 H 62 D J764 C 1085

c) S K10843 H AJ3 D 94 C J76

Answer: Your double asks partner to respond in the unbid suit in which he holds the greatest length regardless of the relative weakness of his hand. In addition, it requests that if partner actually holds a fairly decent hand (typically nine points or more), he show these values by jumping in his longest suit in response to the double to distinguish between a mere forced response, which could be made with no points at all, and a positive one, which might produce a game.

These considerations eliminate hand a), since with this holding your partner would answer your double with one heart rather than one spade, and hand c), with which partner would jump to two spades to show a hand of 9 to 11 points (with 12 points or more, partner would jump directly to game in spades). This leaves hand b), by far the weakest of the lot, but one with which partner would have no choice but to respond to your double, as requested, by bidding one spade.

The week’s duplicate results: No games this week.