World­wide Bridge Base On­line

The Hamilton Spectator - - GO - BY PHILLIP ALDER

A novel event for mixed teams was held from Oc­to­ber 31 to Novem­ber 2, 2016. Four teams played on­line in three venues. The Bridge Base On­line (BBO) team was at the Sil­ver Cloud Broad­way Ho­tel in Seat­tle; Lavazza com­peted at the com­pany’s re­search cen­ter in Turin, Italy; and the Chi­nese Con­tract Bridge As­so­ci­a­tion (CCBA) and Yeh played in the Bei­jing In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­ter.

The event con­sisted of a round robin of 16-board matches. The fi­nal re­sult was Lavazza 83.64 vic­tory points, CCBA 65.98, Yeh 49.59 and BBO 40.79.

The high­light for the BBO team was the par­tic­i­pa­tion of Bill Gates, who part­nered Sharon Os­berg. Their team­mates were Jill Mey­ers-Bob Ham­man and Sheri Wine­stock-Fred Gitel­man.

To­day’s deal was one that Gates played. At his ta­ble, NorthSouth were “happy” with three clubs, made with an over­trick.

But in the given auc­tion, Mey­ers bid a game-in­vi­ta­tional three clubs, and Ham­man went for game in no-trump. West led the spade two: three, ace, six. East re­turned the spade nine: king, four, heart five. What did Ham­man do next?

De­clarer could have got­ten lucky in clubs, but knew that that was against the odds — 16.96 per­cent, to be pre­cise. In­stead, Ham­man played a di­a­mond to the ace and a heart to his 10. With hearts 3-3, West had no de­fense, but she sur­pris­ingly led another spade, so Ham­man im­me­di­ately claimed nine tricks: three spades, one heart, four di­a­monds and one club.

That gave BBO 10 in­ter­na­tional match points against Lavazza.

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