Leader takes nar­row edge in ‘Player of the Year’ con­test

Greenwich Time - - NEWS - STEVE BECKER Bridge in Green­wich

The YWCA du­pli­cate’s an­nual “Player of the Year” con­test moved into the fi­nal two months of play this week with Leia Berla con­tin­u­ing to pace a field of 59 play­ers who have par­tic­i­pated in at least 12 games since the first of the year.

After play in Oc­to­ber, Berla’s aver­age per­cent­age score stood at 60 per­cent for 27 games. Last year’s cham­pion, Terry Lub­man, was less than half a per­cent­age point be­hind in sec­ond place at 59.7 per­cent for 21 games. Jerry Ja­cobs (13 games) and Mary Scarfi (33) were tied for third at 58.1 per­cent, and Sharon San­tow was fifth with 57.9 per­cent for 23 games.

Round­ing out the Top 10 in the con­test, for which any­one who plays in at least 15 games dur­ing the year au­to­mat­i­cally be­comes el­i­gi­ble, were: sixth, Ca­role Hue, 57.9 per­cent; sev­enth, Eleanor Gi­mon, 56.9 per­cent; eighth, Lois Spagna, 56.8 per­cent; ninth, Su­san Vock, 56.4 per­cent; and 10th, Re­nate Fre­muth, 56.1 per­cent.

To­day’s quiz: We con­tinue this week with an­other quiz de­signed to help you pic­ture your part­ner’s hand. In the fol­low­ing prob­lem, you are given an auc­tion ac­com­pa­nied by three hands your part­ner might hold, but only one of which ac­tu­ally fits the bid­ding shown (you are not given your own hand). Ap­ply­ing the prin­ci­ple of stan­dard bid­ding, which of the three hands do you think part­ner has?

The bid­ding: You-1C; Part­ner-1S; You-2C; Part­ner-2D. Part­ner could have:

a) S AK93 H 653 D KJ84 C 102

b) S Q10653 H 64 D AKQ6 C 52

c) S K8754 H 62 D A843 C76

An­swer: When hold­ing two or more four cards suits op­po­site an open­ing bid, the proper ini­tial ac­tion is to re­spond in the cheap­est suit first (known as bid­ding up the line); there­fore, part­ner can­not have hand a), with which the cor­rect re­sponse to one club would be one di­a­mond. Hand c) is also not pos­si­ble, since with only seven points part­ner would pass in the in­ter­ests of safety after hear­ing you an­nounce a bal­anced hand of min­i­mum open­ing strength with a long club suit.

With hand b), though, part­ner would be cor­rect in bid­ding spades first, and also in bid­ding again over two clubs, since it is still pos­si­ble that the com­bined hands could the 26 points nec­es­sary for game.

The week’s du­pli­cate re­sults:

Green­wich YWCA weekly open du­pli­cate: North-South, 1. Natalie Co­hen-Sharon San­tow, 2. Re­nate Fre­muth Ca­role Hue, 3. Ida Gianukakis Bar­bara Harper, 4. Grant Perkins-Bruno Schrage, 5. Carol Cram-Bev Hart­ley; East-West, 1. Terry Lub­man-Jay Force, 2. So­nia King­shott-Les­lie Pet­rick, 3. Judy Crys­tal-Lucy Rosen, 4. Mary Scarfi-Lois Spagna, 5. Dave Bab­son Dorothea Bel­lafiore.

Cen­tral Green­wich Bridge Club weekly du­pli­cate, 11/2: North-South, 1. James Chung-Joe Roe, 2. Dave Bab­son-Dorothea Bel­lafiore, 3. Mar­i­lyn Gor­don-Regina Pi­taro; East-West, 1. Gail Gal­lagher-Pam Kelly, 2. Bob Driessen-Dean Goss, 3. Kata­rina Ladd-Mar­garet Miao.

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