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Bridge in Greenwich: Players are back on deck

January 4, 2019

The YWCA’s regular weekly duplicate will resume this Monday at its usual starting time of 12:15 p.m. The Friday morning supervised play class at the YW already resumed as of this past week.

Elsewhere, local players are now looking forward to the annual District 3 Winter Regional tournament that gets underway on Monday, Jan. 21, at the Westchester Marriott in Tarrytown, less than a 30-minute drive from downtown Greenwich. The seven-day competition will offer multiple pair and team events daily before ending on Sunday, Jan. 27. Details regarding starting times and events are available at www.bridge-district3.org, and will also appear in this space next week.

Today’s quiz: Here is another installment in the current series of quizzes on interpreting 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-1C; You-1S; Opponent-Pass; Partner-2D. Partner could hold:

a)S 6 H 97 D KQ107632 C 842

b)S 854 H K3 D AQ1075 C 642

c)S 97 H AJ62 D KJ983 C 107

Answer: It is relatively rare to answer an overcall by bidding a new suit, since an overcall promises a strong five-card or longer suit. Ordinarily, the partner of an overcaller considers only one of two possible actions: whether to raise the suit or pass. When a player does name a new suit opposite an overcall, it is intended as a warning to the overcaller that the responder has no tolerance for his partner’s suit and has a suit of his own that would figure in the long run to be longer and/or stronger than the overcaller’s suit.

After such a response, the player who made the overcall nearly always passes, bidding only when he holds a good hand with support for partner’s suit, or a much-longer and stronger suit than would normally be expected. Of the three hands shown, only hand a) fits this description. With hand b), partner should raise you to two spades, knowing that you hold at least five good spades, while with hand c), partner should simply pass, since his diamond suit does not rate to be any better (and could be a lot worse) than your spade suit.

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

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