Time for bridge players to change seasons, too

November 16, 2018

This is the time of year when duplicate players in our area experience two significant changes in their regular bridge activities.

The first of these is a notable decrease in attendance at their games — in some clubs as much as 25 percent — due to the departure of many players to Southern climes as colder weather approaches. The second is the absence of tournaments on the upcoming calendar — no sectional, regional or STAC games of any sort, save the year-end regional in New York City between Christmas and New Year’s.

Still, most clubs are holding to their normal schedules, so that anyone who wishes to compete will be able to find others of like mind. And once the New Year arrives, there will be several tournaments in the first 10 weeks to offer a respite from the lull. These will be mentioned in this space as the time for them draws near.

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

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

a) S KJ52 H 5 D 72 C AKJ963

b )S AQ2 H K3 D 74 C AQJ762

c) S 92 H A4 D AK6 C Q98653

Answer: A simple (non-jump) rebid by the opener in his own suit shows a hand of minimum opening strength (13 to 15 points) and nearly always a six-card or longer suit. Hand c) fits this description perfectly and therefore is the correct answer. Partner could not have hand a), with which the proper rebid would be one spade rather than two clubs — it’s always better to show a new suit on the one-level than it is to repeat a suit already mentioned, regardless of its length or strength, since the long suit can be rebid on the next round if need be. Nor can partner have hand b), with which he would have jumped to three clubs to announce a strong suit in a hand of 16 to 18 points.

The week’s duplicate results:

YWCA weekly open duplicate: North-South, 1. Carole Greenberg-Gordon Mackenzie, 2. Carol Cram-Ruth Newberg, 3. Grant Perkins-Bruno Schrage, 4. Renate Fremuth-Barbara Thompson; East-West, 1. Suzy Breck-Dana Welles, 2. Wayne De Vries-Martin Waine, 3. Lynne Rohrer-Jackie Stone, 4. Mary Albertell-Mary Scarfi.

Central Greenwich Bridge Club weekly duplicate: North-South, 1. Dave Babson-Dorothea Bellafiore, 2. Sunil Khanna-James Chung, 3. Sandy and Kurt Schaffir; East-West, 1. Bob Driessen-Dean Goss, 2. Joyce Beach-Pat Riggs, 3. Gail Gallagher-Pam Kelly.

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