Bridge Facilities in India
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.
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.
National Pairs at Home took place on February 27, 2000 at many centres in India.The general standard of deals were quite good especially those played in second session. There is definitely an improvement
in the deals over past few years. There were good mix of deals on bidding, card play and defence without making too much fuss about the complex things of bridge. These were real life problems which occurr
in high percentage of deals. There were a few murmurs of protest over the scoring of a few deals in Lucknow and this is one area the organizers should look to improve upon. The high scores at Lucknow were:
First Session: NS - 1398 (58.3%) EW - 1557 (64.9%)
Second Session: NS - 1475 (61.4%) EW - 1290 (53.7%)
There ia already a protest in the Sunday Times of India column (Mrach 12, 2000) of Dr. Prakash Paranjape about the scoring of deal 36. It is very surprising that someone as knowledgeble as Dr. Paranjape has chosen to comment that way in a national daily. To me scoring of deal 36 has no flaw and the criticism appears unjustified.
I'm forced to write here as I got no reply from Dr. Paranjpe till now. The deal booklet says about deal 36 "If you are looking for a catch in this deal, there was none!". When you set deals for a tournament like Ubhayakar where deals are supposed to have catch , it is prudent to mix certain deals which have no catch just to test
the judgement of the good players. This deal was straight forward 3 NT if you don't take risks. But if you are an expert and think of a catch in this deal a finesse of 9 against J10xx of was available. You can make 5 NT this way but as finesse doesn't work you may go down. So it is likely that many looking for a catch may
go down in this deal, so even making 3 NT is sufficient to get a good score. I think Dr. Paranjape didn't look at the deal in the totality.
2nd All India Jagdish Agarwal Memorial Oudh Bridge Championship concluded at Oudh Gymkhana, Lucknow on February 14, 2000. There was a low participation this year with 24 teams taking part in the duplicate event. Pals, Delhi (DK Tewari,PC Gupta,MM Chopra,Ajay Sinha,Anand Bhatia) won the duplicate event defeating Jaguar, Kanpur. DK Tewari & PC Gupta also won pairs event. AK Ganguly's team from Calcutta won board a match event. They were perhaps the strongest team of the championship with Manas Mukherji, Rana Roy & AN Bannerji playing for them but got knocked out in quarter finals to a scratch combination.
A photograph of prize distribution function.(Sri- NC Rai, BB Lal, Kr Vijayanand Singh, AP Verma (Chief Guest), VK Chaube, Manoj Agarwal (Sponsor)).
All India Lohia memorial bridge tournament concluded at Ganges Club, Kanpur on March 12, 2000. S Roy Choudhary's team from Calcutta won the duplicate event amongst 45 teams defeating Prahladka, Kanpur. Jaiswal, Lucknow won board a match event and the pairs trophy went to RP Narain & A Ray. Organizers also held 5 consolation pairs event
to keep all the participants engaged.
Rossel Tea-Soshen Gupta Bridge Championship would take place at Delhi Gymkhana from March 24-26, 2000.
UP State Summer National selection trials would take place at Kanpur from April 7-9, 2000.
Summer Nationals would take place at Sanawar, HP from April 21 -29, 2000.
WBF World Wide Simultaneous Pairs event (formerly known as EPSON) would take place on June 2 & June 3 , 2000. The scoring of this event would be done on internet.
WBF is organising Mind Sports Organization's Worldwide Simultaneous Pairs on August 22 and August 23, 2000. It would be on the lines of Fifth Friday Championship organised by Herman De Wael.
The magnitude of the championship would be higher with about 10000 tables results being compiled together.
Deal of the Week
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 Spring NABC which is taking place at Cincinnati, Ohio.
A 7 4
9 6 5
10 9 8
9 7 6 4
A Q 7 6 5 4
Q 5 3
K J 3
K 7 4 2
K 3 2
A J 2
Q 10 8 5 2
A Q J 3
K 10 3
|1 ||Pass||Pass||1 NT|
|Pass||2 ||Pass||3 NT|
This week's deal shows what anticipation and presence of mind can achieve at the bridge table.
Marvin French was South in this deal and found himself defending a contract of 3 NT in the second qualifying of Open Pairs I.
He led after West made a weak no trump game try with 2 bid. North won with Ace and continued with to King of East. And East immediately went for the s.
Marvin had to make a discard on second round of s and he anticipated a 5 card end situation where if he holds 2 s, 2 s & Ace he would have to lead away from his
King by which 3 NT would score. So he made brilliant discards.
His first two discards on s were 3 & 10. Later he also discarded Q & 3 along with a . Declarer never took him for singleton King.
Declarer gave French 2 s, Ace & 2 s and played a ducking to French on trick 9. A happy French took 2 s and 2 s
to take contract down.
Absolutely top class. It would even fool an expert card player. These small little things are far more important to master in bridge.
You would like to visit these sites frequently.
ACBL Website-Federation (American)
CBF Website-Federation (Canadian)
WBF Website-Federation (World)
The Internet Bridge Archive-Archive
Floater-Online Bridge (Free)
BridgeWorld Website-Magazine > Puzzles
BridgeBase Website-Personal (Canada) > Software,Deals,Tournament Reports
Bridge Arkade-Personal (Norway) > Bidding Contest,Bridge Stories (humour),Puzzles
Anna Gudge's Website-Personal (England) > Database (Federation)
Richard Pavlicek's Page-Personal (USA) > Puzzles,Deals
History of Bridge-History
Tournaments Around the World-Personal (Denmark) > Tournament Reports
OKbridge-Online Bridge (Payment) > World Internet Bridge Championship
Demicoma Bridge Academy-Personal (India) > Puzzles
BridgeSpace Website-Personal (Israel) > Bidding Contest
Bridge Companion-Magazine > Puzzles
Bridge Today-Magazine > Bidding Contest,Bridge Lessons (Payment) from University
Jeff Goldsmith's Page-Personal (USA) > Software, Puzzles
Bridge Forum-Personal (USA) > Bidding Contest,Bridge Lessons (Payment)
Bridge In India-Personal (India) > Tournament Reports
Bridge Card-Convention Card Editor
Jim Loy's Review-Personal (USA) > Software
BridgePlaza-Personal (Canada) > Software,Deals,Tournament Reports
Alex Wagner's Page-Personal (Canada) > Bridge Stories (humour)
BFI Website-Federation (Indian)
Fifth Friday Simultaneous Pairs Championship-Personal (Belgium) > Contest
Mind Sport Organization-Personal (England) > Contest