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Bridge in Greenwich: Tournaments take off during the holidays

December 14, 2018

After a two-month lull in local tournament activity, the first of three area regional tournaments will get underway in New York City in the week between Christmas and New Year’s.

The tourney will be held at the New York Hilton Midtown Hotel, beginning on Dec. 26 and concluding on Dec. 30. A summary of events is as follows:

* Dec. 26, Dec. 27 and Dec. 28: Bracketed Round Robin Swiss Teams, 10 a.m. until conclusion; Stratified Open Pairs and Gold Rush Pairs, 10 a.m. and 2:45 p.m.

* Dec. 29: Bracketed Round Robin Swiss Teams, 10 a.m. until conclusion; Truscott Open Board-a-Match Teams (two qualifying sessions), Stratified Open Pairs and Gold Rush Pairs, 10 a.m. and 2:45 p.m.

* Dec. 30: Bracketed Round Robin Swiss Teams and Truscott Open Board-a-Match Teams (two-session final), 10 a.m. until conclusion; Stratified Open Fast Pairs, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.; Gold Rush Pairs, 10 a.m. and 2:45 p.m.

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-1C; Partner-1H. Partner could hold:

a) S 843 H AQ984 D KJ4 C 75

b) S QJ982 H AKQ63 D 76 C 5

c) S 75 H AK93 D K1073 C A52

Answer: A simple overcall in a suit promises at least five cards in the suit named (and if only five cards in length, the suit should contain two or more honor cards) and can be made with a hand containing as little as 8 or 9 high-card points. This automatically eliminates hand c), since it does not contain a five-card suit. Partner also cannot have hand b), since when hold two five-card suits, the proper action is overcall in the higher-ranking one - in this case spades - first, planning to bid the lower ranking-suit on the next round. (Another possibility with this hand, for those who play “Michaels Cuebids,” is two bid two clubs, showing at least five cards in both majors.) Partner could easily have hand a), however, which adequately fulfills all the criteria for a simple overcall.

The week’s duplicate results:

Greenwich YWCA weekly open duplicate: North-South, 1. Kathryn Payne-Mary Sue Saltsman, 2. Carol Febles-Maureen Smith, 3. Carol Cram-Bev Hartley; East-West, 1. Dave Babson-Dorothea Bellafiore, 2. Mary Scarfi-Lois Spagna, 3. Mary Albertell-Karen Hershberg.

Central Greenwich Bridge Club weekly duplicate, 12/7: North-South, 1. Dorothea Bellafiore-Dave Babson, 2. Gail Gallagher-Pam Kelly, 3. James Chung-Joe Roe; East-West, 1. Joanne Marr-Wendy Rehberger, 2. Bob Driessen-Dean Goss, 3. Joyce Beach-Pat Riggs.

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