This weekend Oct 29-31 CBAI hosts the Camrose Trials. 9 teams have entered and will do a round robin to eliminate the 5 lowest scoring teams
Saturday, October 29, 2022
Wednesday, October 05, 2022
To book your slot please revert by return email or text (00-353-86-8146230) and I'll send you the links and instructions next Tuesday 11th at 10am.
- IMP Pairs.. 20 pre-dealt boards on Line - BBO.
- Players... Intermediate A or better
- 30 minute Analysis with Peter Pigot + Guest International commentators on ZOOM.
- €10 per session ...
- Tournament Director
- Commence TUESDAY 11th October 10.30 am.
Sunday, July 31, 2022
Poor Spectator watched in horror as his great friends performed surgery on the hand
The fingers would never work again
Normal 1D opening bid by West followed by 1H overcall from Defender1 ..Some might play Jump Overcall but this player obviously does not play that convention
A normal 1S bid by East and then South the barking dog roars in with a 2D bid .. This looks odd to me as it won't cause much pain for West .. I might like a 3C fit jump type bid or a combination of 2H jump and 3H support putting more pressure on East West
Any way they arrive in 4S and all looks well ...
Heart lead and the contract appears cold on any lead .. with a good guess in trumps
Act 1 .. Heart Lead won in West who leads the Spade 10
Act 2 .. North lets Spade 10 roll to Spade queen
Act 3 ... Defender 2 on lead after winning Spade Queen for some unknown reason figures out to cash Club Ace
Now on Trick 3 Defender1 could have risen with Spade Ace and fired a Club through and taken 2 clubs and a ruff promotion
Also on trick 3 Defender2 could have held onto AQ clubs and when North gets in with A Spades ..a Club comes through
The final nail in this coffin is to NOTE the trump policeman ...
Declarer should have kept Spade TEN in dummy as a policeman to stop the trump promotion.
I jusr spotted this hand this morning on BBO when 4 friends of mine were playing
I don't think they even noticed all the surgery they were performing
However luckily Murphyslaw was on site to see it
Friday, June 24, 2022
Last night in Sligo I saw another hand
So the West player found a 1H bid when it seems almost normal to be bidding 1S planning to come back
with 2H later in the bidding. However our hero responded 1H and eventually lost the spade suit altogether.
His partner bid STOP 3D showing a fine hand with diamonds and probably not 3 card hearts.
We kind of expect 1H to show 5 cards as it is bidding over a hand that showed the majors probably.
Anyway over 3D our partner with the 54 non-stopper in the unbid suit launched into 3NT.
That contract did not last too long as the North South opponents quickly showed West the error of her ways ..... Down with No Trump
And another poor score for less than optimal bidding
Much better to respond 1S and then bid Hearts later and see how you go
4 spades happens to make despite the 4-1 trump break ...
3 spades would also be better than 3NT down as would 3D which is down the same 2 tricks as 3NT but needs perfect lead and defence to collect 2 clubs 2 ruffs a spade ................AND
THE TRUMP promotion to boot ..... Nice lessons there
Last night at the Sligo FOB I noticed the 2nd placed pair out of 38 runners played and bid board 1 fairly sadly. There are several good lessons in this hand. Lets see
So you are dealt the above and you open 1H using 5 card majors and weak No trump
Your partner responds 1S so that is good for you as you have 3 cards for him and a ruffing value so all is looking good.
West now pipes in with a 2C bid ... If you are playing support doubles its grand as you can double to show 3 card spades in case partner has 5 and it would be good for him.
Other good things going for you are if 2C makes then 2S will surely not go down too much as you have diamond ruffing value and can imagine some club shortage in partners hand.
Your own hand can be deemed about a trick more than a basic opening so you should be thinking 2S is safe enough to be bid.
Anyway you are timid and you pass and its passed to partner and happily partner is able to bid 2H thinking they are showing 3 card hearts although maybe they denied 3 card hearts already by not bidding 2H instead of 1S the first time.
West opponent bids 3C and with your AKxx of clubs you are thinking 3C might go down. However the opponent bid 3C despite missing AK of trumps so must have solid trumps.
A look at the full hand shows 3H and 3S both make as well as 3C the other way.
So even if 3H or 3S go down its better than 3C making.
Thus folk need to be aware on competitive hands that there are many ways to win at bridge.
Here even the 4H minus 2 folk got a better score than the 3C person.
Friday, April 22, 2022
Sunday, February 27, 2022
This afternoon I looked in on the Coen Trophy and saw this ... Board 9 I think
The Coen Trophy takes place today. Back in the day when the Coen Trophy was limited to above Area Master Eamons team managed a 3rd session score of 148 out of 150 to ascend from the depths in the 3rd session. That was 2001 when Dario and Iva were here in Ireland. I think we just had all the luck.
Today its a different story with the masterpoint chasers out in full flow. Every match you don't lose you get masterpoints. The hunt is on. However masterpoints don't make the player they just mark your attendance.
Above is my top 14 out of the 45 teams entered on Fearghals website
I failed to pick the winners yesterday as I was unaware of their skill .
What does one open with this hand ...
Do I hear 2S weak 2 opening ...or do I hear the Galligan opening 1S bid.
The winner of the Spiro Cup chose 2S so hence I did not consider him as a runner.
Maybe it is a 2Spade opening and I need some re education on bridge.
Saturday, February 26, 2022
Today we have the Spiro Cup and I have picked out some good runners.
Some are good players and some are good on the computer and some need to mesh well to get a good placing.