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28 English Bridge February 2020 www.ebu.co.uk

West North East South

Dennis Marion David Cecilia

Bilde Michielsen Gold Rimstedt

Pass 3™ Pass

4NT Pass 5t1 Pass

5´2 Pass 5NT3 Pass

6®4 Pass 7™ Pass

7NT All Pass

1 One or four key cards, 2 Do you have the

™Q? 3 I have the ™Q and no side suit kings,

4 Shows the ®K and interest in 7™

D

espite the time of year, with the Reisinger in

the US in November, and our own National

Point-a-Board Teams in January, the least

well-known form of duplicate scoring has

something of a moment in the sun on both sides of

the Atlantic. Known here as Point-A-Board and in

the US, where it is much more popular, as Board-AMatch,

or BAM, the scoring format is considered by

many experts to be the purest form of the game. It

generates some interesting tactical decisions, one of

which turned out to be pretty costly for me in a

recent tournament.

The scoring is straightforward (unlike some of

those decisions). You play a match against another

team and if you outscore your opponents, no matter

by how small a margin, you win the board and score

two points. If your opponents score more than you,

by as little as 10 or as much as 1000 - they score the

two points and you score zero. If the scores are the

same, each pair gets one point for the draw.

I played the board below in the New Tricks

Tournament Series, which was filmed for YouTube. If

you haven't already seen this excellent video series,

you must. The website is www.newtricksbridge.club

or you can simply search 'new tricks bridge' on

YouTube. A little under halfway through the

tournament, the following board came up.

Game All. Dealer North

´ K 6 3

™ 9 8 3

t Q 8 7 2

® 8 3 2

´ A Q 7 ´ J 9

™ A 2 ™ K Q J 10 7 5 4

t A 6 5 t J 10 4

® A K 9 6 5 ® Q

´ 10 8 5 4 2

™ 6

t K 9 3

® J 10 7 4

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W E

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Point-A-Board - not for the faint of heart

by David Gold

click

link

W N E S

Pass 3™ Pass

5NT Pass 7™ All Pass

After I bid 7™ Dennis had one of those allimportant

decisions. Making 7NT if the opponents

had stopped in 7™ at the other table could well be a

win, representing a much-needed two points.

At teams he would certainly pass, and even at

matchpoints, where the broader field would mean

that 7™ would produce a decent score, he would

probably pass. With Board-A-Match, though, he

saw a chance to grab victory. He knew I must have

the ®Q for my acceptance of the grand slam try

because I had denied both the tK and the ´K with

my 5NT bid. If I had a second club, he would make

7NT if clubs are 3-3 or if the ´K is onside, which

seems like good odds at around 60%, so he decided

to live or die on the hero's errand and bid 7NT.

After the ™3 lead, dummy went down and he

received the bad news that my ®Q is singleton . His

hopes of the ®J10 dropping are soon dashed and so

he runs all his heart winners and is ultimately

doomed to go one off. Although the contract makes

double dummy on a double squeeze, I have a lot of

sympathy for both his bid, given the scoring format,

and his line of play. At the other table, on this

auction:

Zia Mahmood (West) decided not to take the

gamble of converting to 7NT and bagged the two

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