September 23, 2022 By Vaseline

Players prepare for the ACBL Orange Tournament

The full schedule of events scheduled for the Personal Tournament will appear here next week.

This will be the second section tournament; The first took place in the same city in early June and attracted almost 65 percent of the usual attendance of tournaments held before the COVID-19 pandemic. Hopefully the upcoming event will attract even more card players.

Locally, Greenwich players placed in the overall rankings for doubles games played at clubs in White Plains, NY that offer face-to-face games over the past week.

bridge deck: Friday, September 16, Faye Marino, plays with Rich Laufer, second in Strat A, and Mary Scarfi-Lois Spagna, third in A; Monday, September 19, Linda Otness, plays with Henry Deutsch, second in A, and Mary Scarfi-Lois Spagna, third in A; Tuesday, Sept. 21, Cliff Wald, who plays with Mari Stuart, shared first place in B; and Wednesday, September 21, Linda Otness-Michael Zoulis, third in A.

The Hard’ Club: Thursday, September 15, Vivian Wu, performs with Jill Marshall, third in A.

Today’s quiz: Here is the first part of a new series on interpreting your partner’s opening bids. In each problem, you receive the bid, your partner’s lead, and your own dummy’s hand in the suit led, accompanied by five card combinations that your partner might be holding. You and your partner play standard leads. Considering all available information, of which of the five combinations do you think the partner could actually lead?

More than one of the choices could be correct.

Bidding: Opponent-1S; partner pass; opponent-2S; All pass. Partner runs the H4. Dummy has 85 and you have K107.

Partner could hold:

a) J9432

b) QJ642

c) A964

d) Q964 e)42.

answers: The partner cannot hold a), b), c) or e) for various reasons. In a) the correct lead would be the 3 (fourth best), while in b) the correct lead would be the queen (top of a run of two honor cards against a suit contract). With c), partner cannot play away from an ace against a suit contract, and although with e) partner would lead the 4 (Top of a Doubleton), this holding is impossible as it would mean that declarer, playing with a Spades has a six-card heart suit.

However, partner could have had d) since in this combination the real lead would be the 4 (fourth best), and at the same time it is entirely possible for declarer to have a four card heart suit.