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LETTERS CONTINUED from page 27 Good The Poor
for a laugh Man’s
What a hand! PLAYING at the bridge club, Duplimate
my LHO opened the bidding
AT our Newent club, this hand to find that 5t doubled, is with 1® and the bidding went: IN your April issue, Jeremy
was played at eighteen tables virtually cold. I doubt many Dhondy makes a very good
and I think I’ve heard seventy- pairs would find the lead of a W N E S case for computer-dealt hands
two views on how it should be small heart to the king and a 1® Pass 1™ Pass but then goes on to say that
bid! club return. Some elected a 5™ 1NT Pass 2´ Pass the main drawback is the cost.
overcall which again some - 4™ All Pass Not so! I have used computer-
Love All. Dealer South. times ended the auction. Some dealt hands at my club for two
´J8 Norths decided that having no I led and won the first trick. years and don’t have a dealing
defence to 5™, they’d sacrifice I noticed that dummy had machine! See below . . .
® Q J 10 9 6 5 in 6t, which is an excellent four spades but only ™A-K-10 Most clubs would like to
´AKQ43 ´ 97652 result for N/S costing at most so I assumed that they pre- have computer dealt hands
™ A Q 10 8 4 3 2 ™ K 7 6 100 if doubled. ferred a 5-3 fit in hearts rather with print-outs but are put off
t 8 At this point some Easts than a 4-4 fit in spades. by the cost of the dealing
® Void S ® 7432 decided that having said no- As I also had four spades, I machines. At my bridge club,
™J thing throughout and if West led one, everyone followed and the Darley Club in Troon, I
t Q J 10 9 7 5 4 3 could bid 5™ without the king declarer won the trick. have found a neat solution. I
®AK8 of hearts, they would bid 6™. I won the third trick so I led have purchased ‘Dealmaster’
Again, excellent judgment another spade for my partner software (only £32) and we
South variously opened 1t, giving E/W a good score. to ruff but she followed. make up the hands manually
2t (weak), 3t or 4t. What- The red mist was beginning When we had finished play- from the computer print-out.
ever your preference, there is to descend and so a couple of ing the hand I asked my RHO The members like them and
some merit in each of these South’s took their cue from why she had bid 2´ when she hence won’t be thrown when
bids and I think you could North and sacrificed in 7t – had only two spades in her they meet computer-dealt
spark a lively debate over the an excellent result for N/S hand. ‘It tells my partner that I hands in tournaments. As well
opening bid alone. Most Wests costing at most 300 if doubled. have exactly 11 points after he as getting a print-out of the
then either made a take-out The E/W top went to the has bid 1NT,’ she replied. ‘Only hands, they get ‘Deep Finesse’
double or an intermediate or pair who bid 7´ after N/S bid if I opened 1NT’, replied LHO. computer analysis showing the
strong jump-overcall. One to 7t. South was on lead and, Even though the opposition number of tricks that can be
player ‘took a view’ and bid convinced that North must got a top, my partner and I made with best play on both
6™, and a couple used a hold four diamonds to bid could only laugh. sides.
Michael’s Cue-bid to show 5-5 seven and therefore one oppo- Edward Newman, Luton If the hands are suited by the
in the majors. nent (probably East, as he bid members at the end of a
North then bid some num- 7´) was void in that suit, he session, it takes about forty
ber of diamonds ranging from
a simple raise to a triple jump
led the ‘safe’ ace of clubs. Two
minutes later, after drawing Support minutes to make up twenty-
four boards. If a non-playing
(1t, Double, 5t), most of trumps and unblocking the member of the club isn’t avail-
which silenced East. South then heart king, East couldn’t sup- IN response to the April ‘Chat able, then you simply find a
generally raised to game, unless press a wry smile as he dis- with the Editor’, I thought I’d bright teenager who wants to
already bid by North. carded his losing diamond on send a quick note to say well earn some pocket money! The
Some Wests, not having had the fourth heart. done on the design of the alternative is to have two sets
any support from East, made a Now that’s what I call a hand! cover for the February issue. I of boards: get the members to
disastrous penalty double only Brian Dorey, Newent thought it was excellent. Yes, it make up the boards for the
would have been even better if following week’s session – no
there’d been a ‘who’s who’, but one remembers a single card!
that’s very minor in the scheme (Note: this is illegal! — Ed.)
Submission No. 1 of things. Give it a try at your club, you
I also agree with your com- won’t regret it. Once your
At 4.49pm on 1st April the EBU received
ments about covering the members get used to more
their very first Pay To Play submission.
Premier League, and competi- exciting hands with the print-
Welwyn Garden City Bridge Club had a ten-table
tiveness. Regarding your third outs, they will never want to go
duplicate in the morning.
topic, all I can say is that it’s back to the old ways. After all,
Congratulations to Susan Early and Nora Cherry (North-
rather sad if people write abusive has any club who introduced
South) and Michael Pearce and Ann Kaplan (East-West)
messages to the editor of a bidding boxes ever gone back
for winning the first session of the new era.
bridge magazine. to silent bidders?
Tim Warren, Chobham Ian Dalziel, Troon r
28 English Bridge June 2010 www.ebu.co.uk