Shantanu Rastogi's Bridge Page
issue 67 (January 31, 2000)
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.Lucknow Allahabad Varanasi Meerut Dehradun Ghaziabad Kanpur Moradabad Delhi Chandigarh Jaipur Mumbai Pune Asansol Durgapur Bangalore Chennai Ranchi
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.
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 funny.
Zia Mahmood has reported this deal in his book Bridge My Way. I'm writing about Zia's deal here as it gives excellent prologue to this week's deal of week.
Zia Mahmood has wrtten this deal while writing about Jack Dreyfus, founder of Dreyfus Mutual Fund. Writes Zia "....(Dreyfus) Successful in everything he tried:golf,tennis,even gin-rummy, he also had his share of luck. Years ago he was confident that 3-D pictures would be thing of future.He put most of his money into Polaroid shares.3-D was a disaster, but the company invented a new camera.The stock soared and Dreyfus used his 3-D glasses to count the fortunes he made.Now retired, Dreyfus has diverted his time and wealth to his charitable medical foundation.He's also famous for somehow always dealing himself ace of Spades...." And the story about the deal shown goes like this ".... his partner was the lovable, on occasion, disaster-prone 'Fox'.Dreyfus dealt and opened 2 . The Fox bid the negative two .Dreyfus' RHO leapt to 5 . Dreyfus 'closed' the auction with a bid of 6 . Well, almost closed. He hadn't got past the Fox, who still had to show his Q J 9 8 7 6 3. 'Six Spades!' he offered. Dreyfus gave up......."
You can't help but have a good laugh at this deal.
The strange coincidence happened this weekend when I was playing Rubber bridge. Look at the deal of this week.
I'm no Jack Dreyfus. Five years back I had invested some of my earnings into shares of IDBI at Rs. 130 per share. The share now a days trades at around Rs. 40. But still.
I opened 4 NT with my cards. Don't ask me why. When playing rubber bridge I believe in doing anything. I might be missing a huge fit but then what's the fun of rubber bridge. My partner showed me two Aces and no Kings. I settled the contract in 6 .
My partner the wily Fox , who was not able to show his s now came in with a bid of 6 !!
I didn't give up and tried 6 NT which was doubled and redoubled. I went two down
Beauty of this deal is that 6 makes on any lead but 6 isn't. The best lead could be trump. Upon which you remove trumps and play them for six rounds discarding 4 s and a from dummy. Now finesse 10. If this is taken contract always scores as your losers go on s. If 10 is ducked , then play on s winning ace in dummy and you must have noticed East's discards -East's likely realistic pattern is 1255 or 1264 and the only chance of making the contract is where East can be end played. If East has discarded 3 s don't cash Ace, if East has discarded two s only realistic chance of making the contract is by cashing the Ace. Now end play East in Diamonds after ruffing out King and score your contract. On any other lead the contract always scores by ruffing a in dummy.
Are you able to have a good laugh or not!!
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