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Bridge: Greenwich represented at upcoming Grand Nationals

May 5, 2017 GMT

Following two full days of intense play in Falmouth, Mass., last weekend, a team that included a Greenwich player earned the right to represent New England at the upcoming Grand National Teams event in Toronto this summer.

This contest, which immediately precedes the American Contract Bridge League’s 10-day Summer North American Bridge Championships, is one of the four major team championships on the annual tournament calendar. In Toronto, 25 other teams from all over the continent will join the New England team to determine a winner.

The winning foursome, which included this writer, Larry Bausher of West Haven, Mark Aquino of Massachusetts and Dick Budd of Maine, prevailed over a field of 10 teams that included roughly 95 percent of New England’s top players. After finishing second in the qualifying round-robin on Saturday, the eventual winners posted an easy victory in the semi-final on Sunday, and then went on to narrowly defeat the New England squad, led by Doug Doub of Hartford, that had captured the Grand National Teams title last summer.

Today’s quiz: Here is another in the current series of quizzes on overcalls and takeout doubles. Simply decide whether each of the following statements is essentially true or false.

1. After an opponent’s opening three-bid (preemptive), an overcall can be made with a hand similar to the opener’s.

2. A takeout double of one major guarantees possession of at least four cards in the other major.

Answers:

1. False. A direct overcall of a preemptive opening bid shows a strong suit in a hand that would have opened with a one-bid.

2. False. While one would always like to have four-card or better support for the other major, there are too many other hands with three-card support that otherwise qualify for a takeout double. It cannot be good bridge to be forced to pass with such hands; contracts have been known to make in clubs or diamonds, and sometimes partner may even be dealt five cards in the other major.

The week’s duplicate results:

Greenwich YWCA open duplicate: North-South, 1. Leia Berla-Eleanor Gimon, 2. Jay Force-Terry Lubman, 3. Carol Febles-Howard Truss, 4. Betsy and Michael Grant; East-West, 1. Cynthia Bompey-Ruth Chizzini, 2. Mary Bell Case-Nancy Keeler, 3. Grant Perkins-Bruno Schrage, 4. Carole Greenberg-Lucy Rosen.

Come Play Bridge open duplicate: North-South, 1. Francine Coby-Marjorie Webb, 2-3. Helen Donahue-Meredith Stravato, 3. Nancy Keeler-Ruth Newberg; East-West, 1. Maqry Scarfi-Lois Spagna, 2. Mary Sue Saltsman-Jackie Stone, 3. Melissa Bissell-Linda Gordon.

Greenwich Central Bridge Club: North-South, 1. Nancy Joyce-Katherine Sheppard, 2. Bob Drissen-Dean Goss, 3. Christina Powers-Mary Scarfi, 4. Claire Brown-Howard Truss; East-West, 1. Rosemary Cronin-Hillary McGuire, 2. Ann Scheuer-Debbie Trager, 3, Bernadette Gallagher-Inger Mark, 4. Dorothea Bellafiore-Dave Babson.