Report by David Bird:
The First for Bridge holiday to Rhodes was a great success. There were two very enjoyable half-day trips included, one exploring the medieval town of Rhodes, the other a journey down the coast to see Lindos and its acropolis. This Greek word means ‘highest point in the city’ and there were indeed 100 steps to reach the archaeological site. The entrance fee was 12 euros, or 6 euros if you were 60 or over. The man before me at the ticket office (not in our group) could not produce a driving license or passport to prove his age. ‘That will be 12 euros,’ insisted the stern-faced lady behind the counter. ‘But I’m 82!’ came the reply. ‘This is the rule.’ The man was so annoyed that he refused to pay and had to climb down the steps again.
Back at the hotel, I was shown this deal from one of the sessions:
West leads the ♠5 to East’s ♠K, and back comes the ♠J. What plan should you make, as declarer?
You have nine tricks ready to go, so there will be no problem if the spades break 4-4. Only one card is missing below the ♠5. If West holds the ♠2, giving him five cards to East’s three, your only hope will be to play the ♠Q at trick two. This will block the defenders’ spades if East’s last card in the suit is the ♠10.
You take this chance and – who would believe it? ‒ it pays off. If West takes the ♠Q with the ace, East will win the third round with the ♠10 and have no further spade to play. If instead West ducks, allowing the ♠Q to win, you will make an overtrick.
The only other possibility is to play East for ♠KJ doubleton. You would then duck the second round, leaving him on play. This was not possible after the lead of the ♠5, since West would have led the ♠6 from ♠A108652.
Director’s report by Eddie Williams:
5 Different Final Contracts:-
- 2NT by W
- 5Dx by W
- 4S by N or S
- 2S by S
- 3NT by S
As can be seen by the above final contracts there were varied auctions a couple of which partnership’s had a real misunderstanding.
- West opened 1♦ passed round to south who doubled for T/O, West bid 2NT over the double which was passed out. North led the ten of clubs and west managed to make their 8 tricks. South questioned why partner had not bid spades over the 2NT. North’s answer was that you (partner) might have a weak hand in the pass out seat on the first round of the auction.
- West opened 1♦, 3♣ by north a weak jump overcall, 3♦ by east, 3♠ by south, 5♦ by west and finally doubled by south. Of course west blamed east for bidding and giving the opponents 500 when 5♦X failed by two tricks.
South doubled on the basis that 2NT passed out never makes. East’s 3♣ bid says bid 3♦ (1’m very weak). South decided to bid their spades! North now raised with their super fit.
West opened 1♦ which was passed round to south who overcalled 1♠, West doubled and North bid 2♠ which South interpreted as a weak raise.
West opened 1♦, North overcalled 2♣ (believing it to be a good interfering bid after a diamond opening), West doubled – penalty, North thought it best to let South decide where to play and passed. South bid 3NT which failed by 3 tricks. South blamed North for overcalling 2♣, North blamed South for not showing his Spades and around and around it went. It finally stopped when David Bird said that the 2♣ overcall that weak was unusual but was a good bid when you had more values after a 1♦ opening to prevent opener’s partner from bidding their major. He then said that surely South should have bid their spades after partner’s 2♣ overcall. Final result a draw.
Eddie Williams should not have overcalled 2♣ but John Barker should have bid his Spades after the 2♣.
I leave you the readers to come to your own conclusions but I stand by my 2♣ overcall.
Farewell Pairs winners – N/S: Royd Laidlow & Annie Simmons, E/W: David & Jane Jensen (not pictured)