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Defending champion grabs lead in contest

November 30, 2018

With just a month to go, defending champion Terry Lubman has grabbed the lead in the YWCA’s “Player of the Year” contest, pacing a field of 56 players who have participated in at least 15 games since the start of 2018.

After the play in November, Lubman’s average percentage score stood at 60.4 percent for 23 games, giving her nearly a half-percentage point lead over Leia Berla (60 percent for 27 games), who had held first place for several months. Sharon Santow was third with 58.1 percent for 25 appearances, followed by Mary Scarfi, fourth with 57.7 percent for 37 games, and Jerry Jacobs, fifth at 57.6 percent for 15 outings.

Rounding out the Top 10 in the contest, for which anyone who plays in at least 15 games during the year is automatically eligible, are: sixth, Carole Hue, 57 percent; seventh, Lois Spagna, 56.7 percent; tied for eighth, Eleanor Gimon and Susan Vock, 56.3 percent; and 10th, Renate Fremuth, 55.6 percent.

Today’s quiz: Here is another in the 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. Applying the principles of standard bidding, which of the three hands do you think partner has?

The bidding: You-1D; Partner-1S; You-2C; Partner-2S. Partner could hold:

a) S KQ9753 H 872 D 84 C J5

b) S AQJ843 H K3 D 92 C J73

c) S AKJ43 H AQ92 D 7 C 954

Answer: Partner’s simple repeat of his own suit is a sign-off indicating no interest in game and asking you to pass unless you hold substantially more than a minimum opening bid. More accurately put, the two spade bid shows a hand of 6 to 10 high-card points with a long suit (nearly always six or more cards), and of the three choices given, the only hand that matches this description is hand a).

With hand b), partner would have bid three spades (invitational) at his second turn to show six or more spades with 11 or 12 points. And with hand c), partner would have bid either two hearts, showing his second suit and forcing you to bid again, or three notrump to make sure of getting to game.

The week’s duplicate results:

YWCA weekly open duplicate: North-South, 1. Doris Greenwald-Terry Lubman, 2. Jerry Jacobs-Susan Vock, 3. Carol Cram-Bev Hartley, 4. Eleanor Gimon-Sharon Santow; East-West, 1-3. Dave Babson-Dorothea Bellafiore, Madhav Dhar-Sunil Khanna, Karen Hershberg-Mary Albertell; 4. Wayne De Vries-Martin Waine.

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