Shantanu Rastogi's Bridge Page
issue 65 (January 17, 2000)
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.
I spotted Rajesh Dalal only when quarter finals of Ruia Trophy (duplicate) had started. Perhaps he flew in especially to play for Formidables team. You must have read a mention of him in this page when I reproduced some NABC deals. I thought its agood oppourtunity for me to ask about his NABC experience. When I opened this topic to him there was a brief silence from him and then he grudgingly admitted to his participation in San Antonio event confirming the fact that he is not a regular there. What appears to me that in Indian bridge circles participation in NABC is frowned upon. I also spoke to him about Jaggy Shivdasani. He has no interest in Indian Bridge came the reply. Has he settled in US ( the reason I asked this question was that whenever his name appeared on bulletins of NABC it never said Jaggy Shivdasani of India it always said Jaggy Shivadasani of NY). No he is very much in India, it is just that he doesn't play any bridge. Then to Anal Shah , who had came in join the conversation, he gleefully said this time at Reisinger he got knocked off in the first round, off course they were playing Zia Mahmood's team.
The conversation ended there but what appeared to me that either Jaggy is not good enough or his team wasn't good enough at all. Anyway it is really sad that one of the top players in India chooses not to play in Indian events. Jaggy, according to me, you should take part in top Indian events at least. Not just to win , losing won't affect your reputation, but just to provide tough competition to others.
Jagdish Agarwal Memorial Oudh Bridge Championship would take place at Oudh Gymkhana , Lucknow from Feb 10-13, 2000 .
National Pairs at Home for Ubhayakar Trophy and Arun Swamy Trophy would take place on February 27, 2000.
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 Hyderabad nationals and also is on misinformation.
This deal occurred in the Finals on the Holkar Trophy (Matchpoint pairs). Screens and Bidding boxes were used in the finals. I was kibitzer on this deal. The layout of this deal is approximate (especially NS cards).
I was kibitzing deals on the table Raju Arondekar and Archie Sequira were playing. For a round KV Krishnamurthy and SK Iyenger came to the table.
Raju Arondekar opened prepared 1 Diamond (12-17 HCP) and Iyenger overcalled 2 Clubs. Archie Sequira said two Diamond as West and at his turn KV Krishnamurthy asked Arondekar about 2 Diamonds who replied 2 Diamond was non forcing and he was "allowed to pass" 2 Diamonds. Krishnamurthy jumped to 4 Clubs. Arondekar now cued in Clubs and Archie Sequira closed the auction at 6 Diamonds.
Club honour was led and play was over in minutes when Arondekar asked whether Spade King is correct. If that is so he is making seven else six.
Now Krishnamurthy asked him that he said 2 Diamond was non forcing but with the kind of dummy it was 2 Diamonds could not have been non forcing. Archie Sequira confirmed that two Diamond was supposed to be forcing.
I asked Arondekar why did he cue 5 Clubs if 2 Diamonds had been non -forcing for he should simply have closed the auction in 5 Diamonds. He said he needed a Dimond King and a picture in a Major to bid six. I asked Archie would you have bid six with seven High card points as he is saying. Archie Sequira said he would never have bid six.
Now the whole point is that Raju Arondekar's reasoning was all wrong. Iyenger was sitting over him and with a picture in Major it is very difficult to make six untill unless that picture is Heart Ace. Even the six Diamonds got made only because Spade was doubleton. Therefore soemthing in Spades was also needed. Now comes the question that whether Raju Arondekar intentionally conveyed this misinformation. It appears to me unlikely for he should then have attempted to bid seven.
Do KV Krishnamurthy's actions differ if Raju Arondekar had told him that 2 Diamond was forcing. I think they do for he would then have tried to stall a seven bid by biding 5 Clubs. And it is very likely that EW pair may have ended up in seven Diamonds.
What should director do under these circumstances ?
I think the most fair thing would have been to revert the contract to 5 Diamonds.
I also think KV Krishnamurthy was very gracious in not calling the director.
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