Bridge: After lull, big tourneys return
This is the time of year when there is a real lull in the area tournament schedule, with no competitions of any kind taking place for the next month or so. But on the horizon are lurking three regional tourneys that annually attract a large number of players from the northeast, one at the end of December, another in late January and the third in mid-February.The first of these is District 25’s five-day Edgar Kaplan regional at the Wyndham New Yorker Hotel in Manhattan, December 26-30. The second is District 3’s seven-day regional at the Westchester Marriott in Tarrytown, N.Y., January 22-28. Three weeks later, District 26’s six-day New England Knockout regional will be held at the Radisson Hotel in Cromwell, Conn.More details will appear in this space as each tournament approaches.Today’s quiz: Here is another quiz in the current series of quizzes on responding to a takeout double. In the following problem, neither side is vulnerable and your left-hand opponent (the dealer) opens the bidding with one diamond. Partner doubles and your right-hand opponent passes. What would you say with the following hand, and why?S J643 H 42 D 98 C J7652Answer: The recommended response - one spade - is dictated by a number of practical considerations:A) You have a very poor hand, so it seems a bit frivolous to bid for eight tricks in clubs when you can bid for seven tricks in spades, especially after partner has implied support for both suits.B) If you can actually make a contract in either spades or clubs and you can take an equal number of tricks in both, it is better to be in the major since it scores more.C) If partner happens to have a real powerhouse and is thinking about bidding game, he would rather aim for a 10-trick contract than an 11-trick one.D) If partner has a good enough hand to compete for a partscore, he will be better placed with spades as trump, since bidding clubs over either red suit bid by the opponents necessitates going to a higher level.The week’s duplicate results:Greenwich YWCA weekly open duplicate: North-South, 1. Jay Force-Terry Lubman, 2. Carol Cram-Ruth Newberg, 3. Joanne Kuebler-Hollister Sturges, 4. Leia Berla-Sharon Santow, 5. Judy Crystal-Barbie McKelvey; East-West, 1. Carole Greenberg-Lucy Rosen, 2. Kathleen Francis-Leslie Petrick, 3. Dorothea Bellafiore-Martin Waine, 4. Mary Albertell-Karen Hershberg, 5. Mary Scarfi-Lois Spagna.Central Greenwich Bridge Club weekly duplicate, 11/17: North-South, 1. Joanne Marr-Wendy Rehberger, 2. Christina Powers-Howard Truss, 3. Joyce Beach-Pat Riggs; East-West, 1. Holly Pastula-Sandy Piscopo, 2-3. Dave Babson-Dorothea Bellfiore, Mindy Broser-Melissa Stewart.