Shantanu Rastogi's Bridge Page

issue 8

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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. 15 per person or Rs. 30 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 Oudh Gymkhana The address is: Oudh Gymkhana,Kaiserbagh, Lucknow.The timings are 6:30 pm onwards in the evening.

Lucknow club where the event used to take place earlier has closed down. Lucknow club was an old building which couldn't sustain the rains this year and the roof of its Badminton court, which was adjacent to the lobby where bridge used to take place, fell. Oudh Gymakhana charges Rs. 2000/- per month for making its hall available for bridge, part of which is being paid by raising the entry fee.

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.

The first Rajendra Chaudhary memorial Knockout duplicate bridge tournament is taking place at Oudh Gymkhana, Lucknow on September 16, the total prize money is Rs. 20000/-.This event takes place a day before K.N. Modi bridge tournament at Boat House Club, Nanital which is being held from September 17-20.

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 explanations.

This week's deal dwells on the ethics in bridge.This deal happened a few months back in an IMP pairs event.

Dealer: West

Vul : None

Lead : S 7

S7 x
HK 9 x x
Dx x x x
CK Q x
SA 10Sx x x x
HA 8 x xHJ 10
DQ J x xDK 10 9 x
CJ x xCA 10 x
SK Q J 9 8
HQ x x
Cx x x x


1 DPass1 SPass
1 NTPassPassPass

This deal highlights ethics in bridge.

West opened 1 Diamond and after North passed East responded 1 Spade. Both calls were natural and were not alerted. At this juncture South loudly (his partner could hear) asks West What is 1 Spade ? Unsuspecting West informs that 1 spade is natural. The bidding ended when West bids 1 NT and everyone else passes.

What would you lead if you are North ?

Natural leads are either hearts and Diamonds but North led Spade 7.

You can not defeat this contract until unless there is Spade lead. And what a way to get this lead !! Since there was no alert South had no right to ask West anything. When South loudly asks West, this creates doubt and definitely conveys to partner that ther is something fishy about the spades. North doesn't have a natural spades lead.

Interestingly the same deal occured in another pairs event couple of days later as someone didn't deal the cards. The players with EW cards now had the NS cards. The same bidding happened. South didn't ask anything and guess what was led not Spades but Club King. The 1 NT contract got made.

What would you do if you were director and if spade lead comes ?

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

5. Floater Online Bridge

Some other bridge sites are:

1. Okbridge Website

2. Bridgeworld Website

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