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 Durgapur Bangalore Chennai Ranchi
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.
A prize money bridge event would take place at Delhi Gymkhana,Delhi from November 12-14, 1999.
Winter Nationals are taking place at Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium , Hyderabad from Dec 4- 14 , 1999.
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.
This week's deal is from Fourth China Cup which took place at Shenzhen, China from Oct 11-15, 1999.
10 8 4
A 8 3
A 9 5
A K 7 5
K Q 10 3 2
10 8 6 3 2
9 6 5 3
K J 5 4 2
A K J 7
10 9 7 6
J 8 6
China cup is a major promotional exercise of bridge in China. It allows Chinese players to compete against the top players of the world. This year the prize money for winners was $18000 in the open event and $13000 in the women event. Only four teams take part in China cup. Teams from North America, Europe and a World Stars team compete with a Chinese team in the team event.
This deal is from North America's match against World Stars. Ralph Katz of USA was declarer in a contract of 3 NT and received a Heart lead.
He won the Heart Queen with Heart Ace and returned another Heart. East won the Jack and West Signalled for a Diamond switch. East duly switched to Diamonds. Katz won the second round of Diamond with Ace and took the Spade finesse to go down in the contract. There is neat play possible by which making 3 NT is a possibility. Can you spot he right play on double dummy basis ?
Surely you can. You have to play for doubleton Spade Queen to drop. Not just that. First release a Heart trick by giving a trick tto Heart King. Now play Ace & King of Spade unblocking 10 & 8. When Spade Queen falls , finesse Spade 7 and claim your contract! The play is not easy to see and is possible only when you are convinced that Spade finesse won't work.
But sometime back a situation came where this play actually took place.
Fred Gitelman of Canada is a leading bridge player. He has won silver medal in pairs and in the teams event in he World Championship. He is also a software programmer par excellence. His program for Bridge is used by much troubled Microsoft in its gaming zone. He also plays bridge with Microsoft's cofounder Bill Gates , who is the richest person in the world. Gitelman found this play in a pairs event where overtricks were of prime importance and the play was given BOLS award as it was worth 99% of the matchpoints.
8 7 6
A K J 7
10 8 6 3
A 4 3
A K 10 8 6 5
10 8 2
Gitelman was playing in 4 Hearts and received a lead of Club King which promised Ace.When Gielman's Queen dropped on King, West swicthed to Spade Queen. Gitelman ducked Spade Queen and won East's King with Ace. He removed the trumps and mulled. West has shown 10 HCP if he had 12 HCP he would have opened, so Diamond Queen was with East and it had to be doubleton for Gielman o score his contract. So he played Ace & King of Diamond dropping Queen and unblocking 10 & 8 of Diamonds. Now he finessed 7 of Diamonds to score his contract with an overtrick. Well played indeed.