Shantanu Rastogi's Bridge Page

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1. Bridge Facility in Lucknow, India

Lucknow Bridge Association conducts bridge regular bridge tournaments in Lucknow.There are two regular pair events every week, on Tuesdays and Fridays.On Tuesday matchpoint pair event takes place and on Friday IMP pair event takes place. The entry fee is nominal Rs. 10 per person or Rs. 20 per pair for members. All bridge enthusiast all welcome. The membership of Lucknow Bridge Association is nominal Rs. 250 per annum and all regular players are expected to become members of the association. The venue for these tournaments is Lucknow Club. The address is: Lucknow Club, Near Ashok Marg, Lucknow.The timings are 6:30 pm onwards in the evening.

2. The Convention Card Editor Bridge Card 5.0.6 by Lee Edwards

A convention card editor fills, edits and prints convention cards on computer. Lee Edwards of Lawrenceville, Georgia, USA has designed this very convenient convention card editor for various convention cards. The convention cards which can be filled by this editor are ACBL, SAYC, WBF, WBF(England), EBU, BBL, French, Dutch, Belgian, Sweedish, Italian, Austrian, Ireland, Israeli, Indian & Australian. You can download this software which is freeware from the link mentioned above. Those of you who want to send your comments to Lee Edwards can do so at

For Indian bridge players,lovers & enthusiasts the good news is that the convention card designed by Bridge Federation of India (BFI) appears on this convention card editor. So for those of you who have computers the convention card filling in India is a lot more easier job now.

3. Tournament News

In this section I would cover tournaments happening in India and more so the tournaments happening in Northen part of India and in the state of Uttar Pradesh.

The 13th Worldwide Simultaneous Pairs event , which in the past have been sponsored by EPSON and Alcatel, took place on June 5 & 6 1998. The event didn't take place in India for the first time since the inception of the event.According to WBF (World Bridge Federation) the BFI (Bridge Federation of India) decided not to participate in this year's event despite having the knowledge of the event three months in advance.

Noida Bridge Association is conducting a bridge tournament at NOIDA, Uttar Pradesh in July 1998. The total prize money is Rs. 100000. The entry is by invitation only.

4. 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 explainations.

The first deal is fairly innocuous merely shown here to start the page. It is run of the mill deal which comes many a times if you are a regular player. (I would try to put all the cards from next time onwards)

Dealer West

Vul NS


The crux of this deal is whether EW should sacrifice in diamonds.

Suppose West opens a weak NT which is doubled by North and on East's weak 2 diamond takeout South comes out with 2 heart. West has the option of bidding 3 or 4 diamond and in the ensuing auction suppose NS reach 4 heart then should EW bid 5 diamond or not.

4 heart makes if heart suit is tackled properly and 5 diamond double is three out on spade lead otherwise two out. In such situation often the decision would base upon who you are playing against. But any good player can also play hearts wrong. In pairs event another yardstick would be what the field is likely to do. If the whole field bids 5 diamond double you do not loose anything but if in the field most are likely to stop at 3 heart making 3 or 4 heart, passing 4 heart would be the likely action because 5 diamond double would anyway fetch bottom.If in the field every one is going to reach 4 hearts but a large number of EW may not find diamond fit then bidding 5 diamond may lead to good score.

In duplicate also two things would matter i)would your partners reach 4 hearts ? ii) Would your opponents find a diamond fit ?

5. Bridge Links

Following very good bridge sites are available for any bridge enthusiast:

1. American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) Website

2. Canadian Bridge Federation (CBF) Website

3. World Bridge Federation (WBF) Website

4. The Internet Bridge Archive

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