Shantanu Rastogi's Bridge Page

issue 72 (March 6, 2000)

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  • Bridge Facilities in India
  • Cities

    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 Indore

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  • 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.

    National Pairs at Home took place on February 27, 2000 at many centres in India.The general standard of deals were quite good especially those played in second session. There is definitely an improvement in the deals over past few years. There were good mix of deals on bidding, card play and defence without making too much fuss about the complex things of bridge. These were real life problems which occurr in high percentage of deals. There were a few murmurs of protest over the scoring of a few deals in Lucknow and this is one area the organizers should look to improve upon. The high scores at Lucknow were:

    First Session: NS - 1398 (58.3%) EW - 1557 (64.9%)
    Second Session: NS - 1475 (61.4%) EW - 1290 (53.7%)

    2nd All India Jagdish Agarwal Memorial Oudh Bridge Championship concluded at Oudh Gymkhana, Lucknow Oudh Gymakhana, Lucknow on February 14, 2000. There was a low participation this year with 24 teams taking part in the duplicate event. Pals, Delhi (DK Tewari,PC Gupta,MM Chopra,Ajay Sinha,Anand Bhatia)Duplicate Winners won the duplicate event defeating Jaguar, Kanpur. DK Tewari & PC Gupta also won pairs event. AK Ganguly's team from Calcutta won board a match event. They were perhaps the strongest team of the championship with Manas Mukherji, Rana Roy & AN Bannerji playing for them but got knocked out in quarter finals to a scratch combination. A photograph of prize distribution function.(Sri- NC Rai, BB Lal, Kr Vijayanand Singh, AP Verma (Chief Guest), VK Chaube, Manoj Agarwal (Sponsor)).Prize Distribution

    Lohia Bridge Tournament would take place at Ganges Club, Kanpur from March 9-12, 2000.

    Rossel Tea-Soshen Gupta Bridge Championship would take place at Delhi Gymkhana from March 24-26, 2000.

    UP State Summer National selection trials would take place at Kanpur from April 7-9, 2000.

    Summer Nationals would take place at Shimla from April 22, 2000 onwards.

    WBF World Wide Simultaneous Pairs event (formerly known as EPSON) would take place on June 2 & June 3 , 2000. The scoring of this event would be done on internet.

    WBF is organising Mind Sports Organization's Worldwide Simultaneous Pairs on August 22 and August 23, 2000. It would be on the lines of Fifth Friday Championship organised by Herman De Wael. The magnitude of the championship would be higher with about 10000 tables results being compiled together.

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  • 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 is from National Pairs at Home which took place simultaneously at many bridge centers in India on 27th February 2000.

    HK 10 9 6
    DQ 7 4 2
    CK J 6 5
    SK J 9 5 4 2
    H4 3
    CA 8 3 2
    SQ 10
    H8 5
    DA J 10 6 5
    CQ 10 9 7
    SA 8 7 6
    HA Q J 7 2
    D9 8 3


    1 SPass1 NT2 H
    2 S4 HXPass

    This week's deal is deal number 48 from National Pairs at Home. The deal is on card play.

    South is playing in 4 H. In actual play after D King, West shifted to S and the contract got made as South was able to ruff three Ss in dummy. West was hoping for a high H with partner so that he may be able to over-ruff. Since that didn't happen contract got scored.

    Key to defence in this deal is a H lead or a H shift after D King is taken. Then West can play two rounds of trumps and South ostensibly has a S loser which can not be ruffed.

    Where this deal was actually played Geir Helegemo of Norway was declarer. West after winning D King shifted to a trump. Helegemo won with Jack and played a C. West won the C Ace and played another trump. Helegemo won in dummy and discarded a D on C King. Now he ruffed a C, cashed S Ace and ruffed a S in dummy. Then he played the C Jack which was covered by East's queen. Helegemo discarded his losing D on C trick effectively endplaying East. If East cashed D Ace then dummy's Queen would get promoted as Helegemo would ruff the Ace. If East plays small D then Queen scores anyway on which he pitches the losing S.

    Brilliant piece of loser on loser play.

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  • 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)
  • BFI Website-Federation (Indian)
  • Fifth Friday Simultaneous Pairs Championship-Personal (Belgium) > Contest
  • Mind Sport Organization-Personal (England) > Contest
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