Church preps for second sectional tourney of the year

May 25, 2018 GMT

Duplicate players in search of a bridge tournament this holiday weekend are reminded that the Eastern States Regional at the New York Midtown hotel still has three days of play remaining, including today. For full details as to times and events, visit www.gnyba.org.

On the weekend immediately following, June 1 to June 3, Connecticut will hold its second sectional tournament of the year at the St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church in Orange, less than an hour’s ride from central Greenwich. The tournament will follow the usual sectional format, with pair games on Friday and Saturday and a Swiss Teams contest on Sunday. Further details are available at www.ctbridge.org.

Today’s quiz: We continue this week with another in the current series of quizzes on closeout bids. In the following problem, you are to decide whether the last bid made in the given auction is a genuine closeout barring partner from further action. The bidding:

Opener-1H; Responder-3H; Opener-4NT (Blackwood); Responder-5D; Opener-5H.

Answer: Closeout. When a player employs the Blackwood Convention and then bids five (or six) of the agreed suit, after asking for aces (or key cards), the auction is over. It is equally important to remember that Blackwood should be used only to determine whether a partnership has all the aces (or key cards) as a prelude to possibly bidding a grand slam, or is missing two aces (or key cards) so that an unmakable slam can be averted. It is not employed to find out whether a partnership is missing one ace so that it can stop in five. A player who is not willing to bid a small slam after discovering that one ace (or key card) is missing has misused the convention. In the given case, therefore, opener’s five heart rebid carries with it only one message -- two aces (or keycards) are missing, so responder must pass.

The week’s duplicate results:

Greenwich YWCA weekly open duplicate: North-South, 1. Leia Berla-Sharon Santow, 2. Renate Fremuth-Joyce Grieb, 3. Michael Grant-Gordon Mackenzie, 4. Sandy and Kurt Schaffir, 5. Carol Febles-Howard Truss; East-West, 1. Lynne Rohrer-Jackie Stone, 2. Wayne De Vries-Martin Waine, 3. Grant Perkins-Bruno Schrage, 4. Carole Greenberg-Lucy Rosen, 5. Mary Scarfi-Lois Spagna.

Central Greenwich Bridge Club weekly duplicate, 5/18: North-South, 1. Audrey Dorner-James Chung. 2. Barbara Bellafiore-Holly Pastule, 3. Carol Febles-Sanjay Santhhanam; East-West, 1. Gay Halperin-Ginny Wolff, 2. Rosemary Cronin-Hillary McGuire, 3. Dave Babson-Dorothea Bellafiore.