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How far would you go to play bridge? Fall championships jet to Hawaii

November 23, 2018

This is the time of year when a dozen or so local players would be headed for the Fall North American Championships to compete against some of the best players in the world. But this year’s tournament, which will get under way Nov. 22 and end Dec. 2, is taking place in Honolulu. The word is that this competition may attract significantly fewer players than previous Fall NACs have.

There are two valid reasons for this lower turnout. First, the volcanic activity that took place in Hawaii earlier this year may have caused many players to decide not to attend. There is also the inordinately lengthy travel time needed to get to the tournament, particularly for those residing in the Eastern part of the country. A typical trip to Honolulu, door-to-door from, say, New York, takes about 15 hours, leaving players with severe jet lag and certainly not in the best shape to compete.

It will be interesting to see how the tournament fares attendance-wise, and whether the American Contract Bridge League will schedule a future NAC in Hawaii.

Today’s quiz: We continue this week with the current series of quizzes on interpreting partner’s bids. In the following problem, you are given an auction accompanied by three hands, 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 holds?

The bidding: Partner-1D; You-1S; Partner-1NT. Partner could hold:

a) S 6 H A103 D A9765 C KQ32

b) S 82 H Q95 D AKJ2 C K1054

c) S 96 H AQ4 D KQ1032 C AJ8

Answer: Partner’s one notrump rebid shows a balanced hand of 12 to 14 points — the type of hand that would have been entirely suitable for an opening one notrump bid except that it lacked the 14 to 17 points needed for such an opening. Partner therefore cannot have hand a), which contains a singleton — the fact that you have bid that suit does not matter — and with which the proper rebid would be two clubs, showing a second suit and implying an unbalanced hand. Hand c) is not possible, as partner would have opened one notrump originally. Hand b), however, fills the bill in every regard, and the one notrump rebid, describing the balanced nature of the hand, is superior to bidding two clubs, which would tend to imply a hand unsuitable for notrump.

The week’s duplicate results:

YWCA weekly open duplicate: North-South, 1. Lynne Rohrer-Jackie Stone, 2. Renate Fremuth-Joyce Grieb, 3. Maureen Smith-Barbara Thompson, 4. Wayne De Vries-Martin Waine; East-West, 1. Carole Greenberg-Lucy Rosen, 2. Mary Albertell-Karen Hershberg, 3. Sonia Kingshott-Linda Munger, 4. Betsy and Michael Grant.

Central Greenwich Bridge Club weekly duplicate, 11/16: North-South, 1. Gail Heilpern-Ginny Wolff, 2. James Chung-Joe Roe, 3. Dave Babson-Dorothea Bellafiore; East-West, 1. East-West, 1. Gail Gallagher-Pam Kelly, 2. Doris Erdman-Lolly Raphael, 3. Bob Driessen-Dean Goss.

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