Shantanu Rastogi's Bridge Page

issue 37 (June 3, 1999)

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Keep Foreigner Away, Vote the BJP & National Democratic Alliance Way

dear bridge friends I don't mix bridge with politics but the issue of foreigner being thrusted on India is too important to be not spoken about.

  • Bridge Facilities in India
  • 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 Bangalore Chennai

  • Tournament News
  • 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.

    World Wide Simultaneous Pairs Championship scheduled to be held on June 4 & 5, 1999 has been cancelled by WBF. The tournament ,which is still known by its first sponsors Epson, didn't take place in India in 1998 also due to non-participation by BFI.

    Dehradun holds two state level tournaments every year during this time of the year. This year only one tournament is expected to be held.

  • 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 shows simple trump coup ,an easy starategem for any expert.

    Dealer: North
    Vul: Both
    Lead:D A
    SK 9 3
    HJ 9 7 6 4
    D7 3
    C9 5 4
    S8 5
    HA 8 4
    DK 8 4
    CA J 6 3 2
    SA Q J 7 4 2
    HK Q 10 3
    CQ 8
    S10 6
    DA Q J 10 9 6 2
    CK 10 7


    Pass1 S2 D2 NT
    Pass3 HPass4 H

    EW are playing in Moysian 4 Hearts when they can make 6 Spades.

    East opens bidding with 1 Spade and South overcalls with 2 Diamond , West bids 2 NT on which East shows 4 card Heart suit and West raises it to 4 giving an impression of 4 card support, so East doesn't correct to 4 Spades and EW play in 4 Hearts in 4-3 fit.

    4 Spades make 6 as both Spade and Club finesse are correct but rarely would anyone bid 6 Spades with the EW cards. The card play is also simple with only required finesses have to be taken and care taken not to play both Heart King & Queen first.

    It is the 4 Hearts play which is tricky and requires a strtegy known as Trump Coup.

    Trump Coups occur when usually trumps break badly.

    Here Hearts are breaking 5-1 and hence East has to do something more to fulfil the contract.

    After winning first trick South continued with Diamond Queen, East wins Diamond King in dummy discarding a Club and finesses Spade Jack. Now cashes club Ace and plays a Heart to King and another Heart, on which South shows out, winning with Ace in Dummy. Now Spade finesse is again taken and Spade Ace is cashed and a small Spade is played which North ruffs and plays back a Club. South is allowed to win that trick with King as East discards a Spade. Now if South plays a club dummy's Club Jack is good on which declarer's last Spade would go. South actually plays a Diamond which is ruffed in Dummy and North discards a club. East also discrds a Spade and now North's J 9 of Hearts are trapped in the two card ending resulting in Trump Coup.

    The key in this deal is to shorten opponents trump and to be able to remain in play from East side to make good Spade suit. The Club Ace has to be cashed early so that declarer doesn't get blocked in dummy.

    This deal shows Trump Coup where opponent's Trumps are reduced. Trump Coup's are also possible by reducing your own Trumps also.

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