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.


  1. Twelve days in that Marriott? Oh, you poor fellow! How did you ever stand it? Heh, heh.

    Nevertheless, I'm sure you're glad to get place like home. And I'm glad that you jumped right back into a competitive mode...keeps you sharp!

    Have a wonderful Friday!

  2. One day I hope to travel as well as you, Mojo. You da Man.

  3. I've been in a lot of Marriott hotels but this one looks very special. What did you like best about it?

  4. Wow rough life there Mojo. Glad you had a good time and contributed to the economy down here, not to mention adding to the government coffers. I appreciate your help there. That is a beautiful hotel. Huge.

  5. Thanks for your response to my question. I found it most interesting that you didn't talk so much about the hotel as about what was outside of the hotel. You are a nature-lover, I think!

    Have a wonderful Sunday!

  6. Dear MOJO the Super Grinch: Do not feel bad about not sending out Jan. 1, nobody remembers or cares.

    I quit. But Lois picked it up and now does a letter, personal note and a card. I give her credit 'cause she does a great job. If it were up to me, I, too, would be a Super Grinch!

  7. Hmm...even if your gender is male, you are shoe-deprived. I think. Heck, I've got three pair of golf shoes.

    I've got two pair of dress shoes but haven't worn them in years and they are too dusty to wear now.