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Bridge in Greenwich: Bundle up for the Winter Regional tourney

January 11, 2019

The District 3 Winter Regional tournament will get underway at the Westchester Marriott Hotel in Tarrytown a little more than a week from now. The seven-day competition will run from Jan. 21 to Jan. 27 and will offer a wide variety of pair and team events each day.

Here are the events and starting for the week:

Monday: Fast Pairs (two sessions), 4:30 p.m. to conclusion; Super Duper Xtra Gold Pairs, 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday through Friday: A/B/C Pairs and Golden Opportunity Pairs, 10.30 a.m. and 3 p.m.; Bracketed Round Robin Teams, 10:30 a.m. to conclusion; Super Duper Xtra Gold Pairs, 7:30.

Saturday: Same as Tuesday through Friday, but no evening game.

Sunday: A/X Swiss Teams, B/C Swiss Teams, Golden Opportunity Swiss Teams, 10:30 to conclusion; Fast Pairs (two sessions), 10:30 to conclusion.

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: Partner-1C; You-1S; Partner-3S. Partner could hold:

a) S AK92 H 75 D 1053 C AQ63

b) S K942 H AQ4 D K2 C AK74

c) S A854 H 6 D KJ5 C AQ962

Answer: Partner’s jump to three spades shows a hand of 16 to 18 points (including distributional points) in support of spades and invites you to carry on to game if you have better than the minimal six or seven points you could hold for your initial one spade response. Of the three choices given, the only one in the 16 to 18 point range is hand c), which contains 17 points after adding three additional points for the singleton heart. With hand a), partner would raise to only two spades to show a minimum opening of 13 to 15 points, while with hand b), which is worth 20 points in support of spades, partner would jump to four spades immediately to indicate a hand strong enough to produce a game even if you hold as little as six points.

The week’s duplicate results:

Greenwich YWCA weekly open duplicate: North-South, 1. Carol Cram-Penny Foote 2. Carol Febles-Barbara Thompson 3. Joanne Kuebler-Mary Sue Saltsman; East-West, 1. Patti Fishbach-Mary Scarfi 2. Sonia Kingshott-Linda Munger 3. Wayne De Vries-Martin Waine.

Central Greenwich Bridge Club weekly duplicate, 1/4: North-South, 1. Joanne Marr-Wendy Rehberger 2. Bob Driessen-Dean Goss 3. Joyce Beach-Doris Erdman; East-West, 1. James Chung-Audrey Dornier 2. Dave Babson-Dorothea Bellafiore 3. Sandy and Kurt Schaffir.

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