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issue 60 (November 22, 1999)

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  • 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 Durgapur Bangalore Chennai Ranchi

  • 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.

    Winter Nationals are taking place at Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium , Hyderabad from Dec 4- 14 , 1999.

  • 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 importance of listening to the bidding and making imaginative leads.

    Lead: S 7
    SQ 10 5 3
    H9 8 6 4
    DQ 8 7 3
    SK J 9 4
    DA K J 6 4
    CA 5 3
    S6 2
    HA K J 10
    CK Q 9 8 7 4
    SA 8 7
    HQ 7 5 3
    D9 5 2
    CJ 10 6

    Bidding - Open Room

    1 DPass2 CPass
    2 DPass2 HPass
    2 NTPass3 NTPass
    4 CPass4 HPass
    4 SPass4 NTPass
    6 CPassPassPass

    Bidding - Close Room

    1 DPass2 CPass
    2 SPass2 NTPass
    3 CPass4 NTPass
    5 HPass6 CPass

    This week's deal is from China Cup and shows importance of leading imaginatively.

    Look at this deal and think what is the best possible lead to defeat the contract.

    On double dummy basis it is easy to make out that Spades is the suit to attack on lead else the contract is unbeatable and the correct lead from South is small Spade. But think how many underlead an Ace against the slam contract.

    In this deal defenders in both open and close room chose the killing lead and they got their inferences from bidding.

    In open room Peter Fredin was on lead and he had a realtively easy choice. Since West had cue bid the suit which was unbid during the auction , he thought West would have Spade King. So he chose to underlead his Ace hoping to give a guess to declarer if he had started with KJ combination. When the small Spade lead was made George Mittelman thought of the possibilty of an underlead because of the cue bid but then thought that underlead would not be made against the slam contract and played Spade Jack from dummy due to which contarct went down.

    In closed room George Jacobs of US was on lead and he had much more difficult choice as Spade suit was introduced by West in the constructive auction. He thought that Diamond lead was out of question and sice west was likely to hold singleton Heart from auction a Heart was also not correct. He said he could have led Clubs but thought that passive lead is not correct in the auction just happened. So if he had to lead Spades he should give a guess to declarer. He proved to be dead correct when declarer again played Spade Jack from dummy and went down in the contract. Jacobs thus by leading imaginatively has saved his team an away swing of 17 IMPs.

  • Bridge Links
  • 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
  • PlayBridge-Deal Generator
  • 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
  • GBL-Bridge Links
  • Jim Loy's Review-Personal (USA) > Software
  • BridgePlaza-Personal (Canada) > Software,Deals,Tournament Reports
  • Alex Wagner's Page-Personal (Canada) > Bridge Stories (humour)
  • Orbis Deal of the Week-Personal (Bermuda) > Contest (devised by Zia Mahmood $50000 prize from Sep 1,1999)
  • Fifth Friday Simultaneous Pairs Championship-Personal (Belgium) > Contest
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