In this section I would be putting together all the information regarding bridge facilites in the various cities in India.The information may be sketchy at present but would be made comprehensive in future.Lucknow Allahabad Varanasi Meerut Dehradun Ghaziabad Kanpur Moradabad Delhi Chandigarh Jaipur Mumbai Pune Asansol Bangalore Chennai
In this section I would cover tournaments happening in India and more so the tournaments happening in Northern part of India and in the state of Uttar Pradesh.
Amity Bridge Championship took place at Golf course NOIDA from April 2 - 4 1999. The tournament was sponsored by Amity Bridge Club of Amity Business School. Amity Business School intend to introduce Bridge in the curriculum, this is something unheard of in India.
World Wide Simultaneous Pairs Championship scheduled to be held on June 4 & 5, 1999 has been cancelled by WBF. The tournament ,which is still known by its first sponsors Epson, didn't take place in India in 1998 also due to non-participation by BFI.
Dehradun holds two state level tournaments every year during this time of the year. This year only one tournament is expected to be held.
In this section I would cover one good deal which appeared in the Weekly Bridge Tournaments at Lucknow or in a recent tournament with explanations.
What would you bid is this week's deal all about ?.
A J 10 9 5
10 6 5 4 2
South's 2 Diamond shows 12-16 HCP and at least 5 cards in Diamonds which usually would be 6 cards. The realistic options for you are to pass or to bid 2 Hearts. NS are playing all doubles by North after a bid by South as penalty.
This was the full deal.
Q 9 7 6
K 7 6
K J 9 6
A J 10 9 5
10 6 5 4 2
10 4 3 2
Q 8 3 2
A Q 10 3 2
K J 5
A K Q J 9 8
8 5 4
If you are able to bid 2 Hearts over 2 Diamond there are many possibilities. If NS try 3 NT you might be able to double them or you may be able to bid your own 4 Hearts.
In this deal 4 Hearts by EW makes. In fact if Heart King is on right side even 6 Hearts can score.So the key is to bid 4 Hearts at least though if NS reach 3 NT and EW are able to double the contract and lead Heart , the contract would at least be 3 down giving a better score.
This deal again shows the power of 30 point pack. EW have no wasted values in Diamonds so for them to bid game they need much less values than 25-26 HCP actually needed to bid a game. Here with mere 17 HCP game scores.
But is it really easy to bid 2 Hearts over 2 Diamonds ? If East is short in Hearts North would double the contract and since there is no escape suit the contract would be gone for many. So in many cases it would be prudent to pass and wait for East to balance and then proceed with the bidding.
If you notice it is 2 Diamond which makes the bidding more complicated. If South opens 1 Diamond bidding is very simple. Almost everybody would be able to introduce the Heart suit at one level without much bothering about conceding a big penalty.
After South opens one Diamond and West overcalling 1 Heart North would perhaps bid one 1 NT or may choose to negative double or may introduce Spade suit. East would support West's Hearts to 2 or 3 level. South can legitimately think of Diamond suit as 6 tricks and would attempt to play 3 NT conceding a big penalty. So EW wouldn't even have to bother about bidding 4 Hearts.
It is actually 2 Diamonds which makes bidding more difficult.
By the way you all know how many variations of 2 Diamond opening are played as 2 diamond showing 5/6 cards suit and opening values bid is considered percentage wise unnecessary. Previous week I showed anti percentage lead , this week it is anti percentage 2 Diamond deal!!!