Danbury to host first of three major events
The first of three major area bridge events, the District 3 Autumn Regional, will get underway a little over a week from now at the Crowne Plaza in Danbury. The tournament will opens on Oct. 8 and will finish a week later on Sunday, Oct. 14.
The schedule will follow what has become a standard regional tournament format, with a special gold point side game at 7:30 p.m. Monday, and then five straight days of A/B/C Pairs and Golden Opportunity Pairs starting at 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Also on Tuesday through Saturday at the same times will be Bracketed Round Robin Team contests.
The tournament will conclude Sunday with an A/X Swiss Teams and B/C Swiss Teams starting at 10:30 a.m.
Today’s quiz: Here is another in the current series of quizzes on basic bridge probabilities. In the following problem, you are given your own and the dummy’s holding in two different suits, and are to determine the best percentage play in the specified circumstances.
YOU: S AJ7532, C KJ4; DUMMY S KQ, C A3
You are in a four spade contract and have three inescapable losers in the other two suits, so you cannot afford to lose a club trick. Should you trump your third club in dummy with one of dummy’s spade honors, or should you instead cash the king and queen of spades and then finesse your right-hand opponent for the queen of clubs?
Answer: The club finesse is a 50-50 proposition, while ruffing the club loser in dummy will set up a trump trick for the opposition if the spades are divided 4-1. You do have to do one or the other, and the answer is arrived at simply by comparing the frequency of occurrence of the two alternatives and then choosing the one less like to jeopardize the contract. Thus, since the finesse will lose half the time while the opposing spades will split 4-1 far less often than that (28 percent), you should trump the club loser in dummy and hope for a 3-2 spade break (68 percent).
The week’s duplicate results:
Greenwich YWCA weekly duplicate: North-South, 1. Doris Greenwald-Terry Lubman, 2. Joanne Kuebler-Hollister Sturges, 3. Jane Finn-Leia Berla, 4. Joan Cuddihy-Barbara Harper, 5. Natalie Cohen-Sharon Santow; East-West, 1. Ronnie Bershad/Sachs-Barbara Thompson, 2. Mary Scarfi-Lois Spagna, 3. Betsy Grant-Sonia Kingshott, 4. Marilyn Beck-Ann Jones, 5. Mary Bell Case-Susanne Redmond.
Central Greenwich Bridge Club weekly duplicate, 9/21: North-South, 1. Bob Drissen-Dean Goss, 2. Dave Babson-Dorothea Bellafiore, 3. James Chung-Joe Roe; East-West, 1. Gay Heilpern-Ginny Wolff, 2. Doris Erdman-Lolly Raphael, 3. Barbara Bellafiore-Holly Pastula.