Shantanu Rastogi's Bridge Page
issue 66 (January 24, 2000)
In this section I would be putting together all the information regarding bridge facilities 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 would end my reports on nationals with two quips. R Sridharan who plays for Sunil Machar's team told me during the Holkar Finals "It is good that you haven't qualified for pairs finals. Actually it is a punishment to play all the deals when you are not doing well." Interesting isn't it from someone who left his job to play for India in Bermuda Bowl. Off course he didn't know that my partner had gone back so there was a technical reason for my not reaching the august company.
The other interesting comment came from Subrata Saha from West Bengal who was recounting why his team Trambak Rubber got knocked off in the duplicate. He said that he was playing two different conventions with two different partners. With one he was playing 2 /2 as weak two and with another he was playing 2 /2 as strong two. It so happened that with the one he was playing 2 /2 strong , he opened 2 as weak. His partner raised him to four and his RHO ,who had 19-20 HCP, doubled for penalty. He went four down conceding 1100 and went out of competition.
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 shows a little alert piece of defence.
This week's deal is from regular duplicate event at Lucknow.
D S Tandon is honorary secratary of Lucknow Bridge Association and his claim to fame has been that once he came first in EPSONevent all over India. This is a remarkable achievement considering the fact that he only plays four card Majors. If he some how gets a partner who can not play four card Majors then he plays 4 card Majors and his partner plays 5 card Majors. All bold attempts to teach him modern theories of bidding have bitten to dust. His fascination for 4 card Majors is such that once playing with me when I opened a strong 1 and got overcalled 3 he chose to introduce his 4 cards of at 4 level with 5 HCP. We played in 4-2 fit in when we were cold for game in 5 .
D S Tandon was South in this deal and showed why he topped EPSON once.
After two passes East opened 2 NT which showed 20-21 HCP. West asked for Aces and Kings making East eventually play in 6 .
D S Tandon had doubled East's 6 bid and chose to lead King.
Declarer took Ace , cashed Ace and when South showed out exited with .
D S Tandon took his Queen and thought for a while before shifting to Nine!
Declarer took Jack but was eventually down one when finesse turned out to be wrong.
It was very alert and elegent piece of defence
It is clear that one should shift to short suit of dummy which is and not for if he plays a contract would always score. When you are playing it is clear that South's would be over in one round of ruff. Since South's honour cards are going to be consumed anyway, the correct play is to sacrifice South's honour cards and not waste North's honours. So a small from South would enable East to score his contract as East's 8 would get promoted. Correct play was to play either 9 or Queen.
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