Thursday, December 9, 2010
Bridge: an international game
Above: The Marriott World Wide Center in Olrando FL already has holiday decorations in their lobby.
I returned to my office Tuesday after 12 days in Olrando at the North American Bridge Championship. I had worked on Thanksgiving and the Friday after (normally holidays) and two weekends. I was ready for some time off, so I stayed home today.
I logged into BBO and noticed there was an individual tournament about to start. Why not?
The bridge wasn't very good, but it was fun to try and guess what random parters were doing, both in bidding and play. I noticed there were many foreign players, so I started writing down the countries. At my table were players from: Bulgaria, Great Britain, India, Turkey, Norway, Canada, Mexico, Portugal, Spain and U.S.A. This was in only six rounds!
Here's a hand from the tournament. It was matchpoint scoring. I held:
♠-- ♥J 9 ♦K Q 10 7 2 ♣K Q J 6 3 2.
With both sides vulnaerable, left-hand opponent opened 2♥, Pass by partner and 2♠ on your right. What would you do?
I could have tried to show two suits, but playing with random players, there's danger lurking at every point, so I simply bid 3♣.
LHO jumped to 4♠, RHO bid 4NT and LHO responded 5♦. RHO bid 6♠ and it passed back to partner who doubled. That was passed to my LHO who redoubled!
What would you lead? Actually, it's a trick question as I don't think it matters. I led the ♦K, declarer won, knocked out the ♠A and made his slam. Thank goodness it was matchpoints and only a 0.
Photo with my P&S.