Bridge: Summer Sectional comes to Stamford Aug. 18-20

July 28, 2017 GMT

As announced in this space previously, local players will have a relatively rare opportunity to compete against players from outside the immediate area when the Connecticut Summer Sectional tournament comes to Stamford the weekend of August 18-20. The competition will be held at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 1230 Newfield Ave.

The tourney will follow the standard format for sectionals in Connecticut, with two Stratified Pair events on Friday starting at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.; two Stratiflighted Pair events (A/X and B/C) at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday; and a Stratified Swiss Teams on Sunday starting at 10 a.m. There will also be a single session 299er Swiss Team event starting at 10 a.m. on Sunday. Pizza will be served at the midway break on Sunday.


Further information, including driving instructions, can be found at www.ctbridge.org.

Today’s quiz: Here is another in the current series of quizzes on overcalls and takeout doubles. In the following problem, neither side is vulnerable and your left-hand opponent opens the bidding with one heart. Partner overcalls with one spade and your right-hand opponent passes. What action (if any) do you now take with the following hand?

S 106 H Q83 D A1032 C K972

Answer: Pass. It is tempting to bid one notrump with this hand, but there is no reason to think that notrump will play as well as or better than spades. Indeed, unless partner can add something substantial to your rather tenuous heart holding, you may do a whole lot worse at notrump. In spades, partner will be able to make full use of his trumps and stop the opponents from taking extra heart tricks. Finally, because partner’s one spade overcall is limited to no more than 16 points, it is unlikely that the combined hands could produce a game.

Recent duplicate results:

Greenwich YWCA weekly open duplicate, 7/17: North-South, 1. Mary Sue Saltsman-Jeanne Zendman, 2. James Chung-Sanjay Santhanam, 3. Gordon Mackenzie-Lola Meyers, 4-5. Renate Fremuth-Joyce Grieb, Karin Nye-Helen McBrien; East-West, 1. Betsy and Michael Grant, 2. Bev Hartley-Jean Raben, 3. Dave Bason-Dorothea Bellafiore, 4. Mary Scarfi-Lois Spagna, 5. Betty Cutting-Mary Oztemel.

Central Greenwich Bridge Club, 7/7: North-South, 1. Sandy and Kurt Schaffir, 2. Carol Febles-Ann Scheuer, 3. Dave Babson-Dorothea Bellafiore; East-West, 1. Bob Drissen-Dean Goss, 2. Mindy Cepelewicz-Melissa Stewart, 3. Diane DeFrusico-Nancy Kyle.

Central Greenwich Bridge Club, 7/14: North-South, 1. James Chung-Ginny Wolff, 2. Christina Powers-Howard Truss, 3. Sandy and Kurt Schaffir; East-West, 1. Dave Babson-Dorothea Bellafiore, 2. Rosemary Cronin-Hillary McGuire, 3-4. Mary Bell Case-Nancy Keeler, Marianne Kodde-Petra Vanderlee.