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 Northern 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 on 10-12 July 1998. The total prize money is Rs. 100000. The entry is by invitation only.

The annual tournament organized by HINDALCO under Sonbhadra Bridge Association is being held on July 24-26 at Renukoot,Uttar Pradesh this year. This is the 21st edition of this tournament which has been given the national status.

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.

This week's deal continues on effect of 10 in the bidding and card play.

Dealer: West

Vul : EW

lead : HQ

SQ J 8 3
H8 7 5
D6 5 2
CQ 10 5
SK 10SA 9 6 5
HA 3HK 6
DA J 9 8DK 10 7
C9 8 7 4 3CK J 6 2
S7 4 2
HQ J 10 9 4 2
DQ 4 3


1 NTPass2 D2 H
PassPass2 SPass
2 NTPass3 CPass
4 CPass5 CPass
6 CPassPassPass

Consider this deal where East is playing 6 club.

West has opened weak notrump and East's 2 diamond is forcing stayman.South overcalls 2 heart , on West's forcing pass East bids 2 spade and follows up with 3 club over West's 2 NT. The auction now ends up in 6 clubs after club support by West and a sign off 5 clubs by East.

How should East play his cards ?

Let us analyse the bidding. EW have 26 HCP between them. South has overcalled non vulnerable 2 heart which is lead directing against a possible notrump contract by West. 2 hearts can be aggressive or South can have balance of points. If South has sensibly overcalled then he should have minimum a side suit stopper along with at least 6 card heart suit, in fact only 7 working HCP are necessary to make such overcall in the layout shown.A look at convention card of NS would reveal their bidding style and the fact whether south is liable to overcall with 7 HCP or not. In normal circumstances South would be more than this minimum.

6 club in the present layout is making if South is played for singleton Ace.East can not play South to have both Ace and Queen of club as the contract would go down and diamond queen should also be correct. Now comes the crucial question of Club 10. If East had held club 10 this contract would have been cold. East has to decide whether clubs are 2-2 or 3-1. In the actual deal East played for 2-2 break and went one down. But declarer can play for singleton Ace also as if South has longer than 6 hearts he could be short in clubs.

In normal bidding it is very difficult to bid 6 club but if 5-4 fit in club suit is found and club 10 is there, there is a strong case for bidding 6 clubs if South has overcalled and in desperate situations even if South hasn't overcalled.

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

Some other bridge sites are:

1. Okbridge Website

2. Bridgeworld Website

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