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and why should Anna feel guilty about what she is eating?

The Youngest, the Tallest....and....

We await confirmation that Hamilton player, Blair Fisher, has achieved the highest ranking of Gold Grand Master at the tender (although that’s not the first word I would use to describe Blair) age of 30 … Is he the youngest GGM ever?   Certainly, the tallest and potentially the loudest GGM!   Nominations, please, for the “loudest” GGM. I feel there may be several nominations for a variety of candidates! However, the transfer of the Australian Masterpoints from the Gold Coast Congress needs to be actioned for this to become official.   Whenever it happens, we agree that it is a monumental and impressive feat to rack up the requisite 4000 Masterpoints (including 2500 A points).   Well done Blair, we not only look up to you, but we salute you as well!

Blair Anthony Ker George Masters Alan Grant.jpg 
 Blair, whose team finished second in the Kelly Peirse Memorial Teams at Rotorua. Here he is with
 his teammates, Anthony Ker, George Masters and Alan Grant. We are sure you can guess which is Blair!

... the Nicest

Following this Rotorua tournament, the Waikato Bays organised a successful seminar for existing directors and getting best use of NZ’s nicest director, Alan Joseph, who was in town after directing the Teams the day before.   We are hoping NZ Bridge will hold Tournament Director exams later in the year, as the region needs to increase its pool of TD’s in the region.   Watch this space!

I’ve been doing this job for a few years now … and I’m starting to realise that there are shortcuts to producing these bi-monthly snippets.     You see, all I need to do is go into my archives to find we often have the same victors at the same events each year. So just cut and paste!   It is like some partnerships seem to have happy places … or if some of these time-lapse photos are anything to go by … lucky shirts also!

2017 Pat Carter team.jpg             2019 Pat Carter team.jpg 

On the left: 2017 Kelly Peirse Champions … the Jones Team who won 5 out of their 6 matches to end up with a very comfortable win in Rotorua, their last match being a slight loss.  

On the right:

2019 Kelly Peirse Champions:  The Jones Team from Left to right: Patrick Carter, Jenny Millington, Julie Atkinson and Barry Jones who won 5 out of their 6 matches to end up with a very comfortable win in Rotorua.    Their last match being a slight loss.

DÉJÀ VU!  

WAIHI 8B Pairs
 Lucie Armstrong and Rodney Harris 2017.jpg                 Rodney and Lucie 19.jpg

2017 Waihi 8B Pairs Champions:                   2019 Waihi 8B Pairs Champions 

Lucie Armstrong (Hamilton) and Rodney Harris (Morrinsville)

Wow HOW UNCANNY IS THAT!       (postcript … no, Lucie and Rodney didn’t wear identical clothes two years apart …  the smart readers will spot that it is a mirror copy of the same photo!)

Junior and Intermediate Leagues

The Intermediate and Junior leagues kicked off with Thames pair Carol Crowfoot and Sabrina Peters taking first blood at the Taupo Intermediate in March.   Meanwhile in Cambridge Waitomo’s Bernadette Barry Addy and Hester Bolitho took the winning envelope in Cambridge last weekend.

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Bernadette and Hester

This is perhaps a watershed year for Waitomo bridge club who are embarking on a major recruitment drive with the help of our Regional Bridge Mate, Eunice Eccles.   With just 30 members it is good to see existing members keen and playing in tournaments and making a commitment to drive up membership.   We look forward to hearing from the club about their progress over the next few months.

Tales from Te Aroha

Kathy Yule dragged husband Ken out for a day of bridge at Te Aroha on Sunday for the second heat of the Waikato Area Pairs.  Ken doesn’t usually get out of bed for anything less than a 10A nowadays!   However, the day proved fruitful for them: only $10 bucks to play 54 boards on a rainy day AND they came away with two session wins to take out the heat ahead of 36 pairs.   

The tradition is if you win the heat at the WAP you must provide some commentary on some interesting hands from the day.   Well done for Kathy and Ken for producing the following analysis on a couple of boards for our enjoyment!

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"Make it Easy on Yourself" (as the Walker Brothers sang with passion) but adapted today as

Make it Easy on Partner

Board 7
South Deals
Both Vul
9 2
8 6
A K Q 10 9 6 5 3
A
J 10 7 5 3
J 7
J 7 6 5 3 2
 
N
W   E
S
 
Q 4
A K Q J 7 4 2
2
9 8 4
 
A K 8 6
10 9 5 3
8 4
K Q 10
West North East South
      1 NT
Pass 3 NT Dbl Pass
4  5  Pass 5 NT
All pass      

 

"At our table South opened 1NT (12-14) and North responded 3NT giving no thought to a possible slam. Kathy doubled which in our system asks for a Heart-small lead. No-one chose to ask what the double meant. Ken (West), who was in no position to do as requested, decided to bid 4Club-small over which North jumped to 5Diamond-small and South bid 5NT because they didn’t like their diamonds!

A bizarre auction but of course 5NT made all 13 tricks and as we played the board early on, we presumed a near bottom board. Imagine our surprise when we got 41% by session end due to strange results around the room. Over 18 tables the actual results were:

6Diamond-smallx     by North          making 12       1 time              on Heart-smallK lead  (yes, you read correctly. See below.)

6Diamond-small       by North          making 12       1 time              onHeart-smallK lead  (once more,the bizarre!)

6NT     by South          making 13       3 times

5NT     by South          making 13       1 time

3NT     by South          making 13       3 times

5Diamond-small       by North          making 11       7 times            5 on Heart-smallH lead, 2 on Heart-smallK lead  (spot the difference)

4Diamond-small       by North          making 11       1 time              on Heart-smallA lead

Adjusted score            average           1 time

 

Interestingly, the 8 pairs who played 4 or 5Diamond-small all only made 11 tricks including the two pairs who lead the Heart-smallK. Yet both pairs in 6Diamond-small who received the Heart-smallK lead made their contracts. In both cases, partner ruffed the Heart-smallK lead even though one pair admitted that the lead of a king promises the ace.

This highlights the pressure created by opponents being in slam. East of course should have led the ace to protect partner from themselves. A good lesson on how to make it easy for partner. (Even if you lead the king for count. Don't!)The king might well promise the ace but the lead of the ace promises the ace too.

11 pairs failed to recognise the potential of the North hand while another pair had an obvious misunderstanding to remain in 4Diamond-small.

 
     
Board 17
North Deals
None Vul
 
N
W   E
S
 
K 8 7 4
A 9 5 3
9 6 3
A 2
 
A J 10 6
K 7 6 4
J 8
9 8 4
West North East South
  Pass 1  Pass
2  Pass 2 NT Pass
3  Pass 3 NT Pass
4  Pass 4  Pass
6  All pass    

 

1Diamond-small was "better minor" .4Club-small was RKCB in clubs with 4Spade-small showing 2 Key cards and no Club-smallQ.

Your partner (North)  leads Heart-smallJ.

Declarer plays a low heart from dummy. You win Heart-smallK and declarer plays Heart-small8.

Obviously, declarer started with Heart-smallQ8 and partner has led from J102 which means that declarer has 2 pitches available in the Heart-small suit. Declarer is known to have 6 or more clubs and a cue in diamonds so if declarer has one or two spades it is imperative to cash Spade-smallA before they disappear on the hearts.

The only danger to this line is if declarer is in fact 0247 without the Diamond-smallK. So the odds heavily favour cashing Spade-smallA at trick two. Unfortunately for Ken, his defender did not cash Spade-smallA so that Ken, West, who was 0247 was one down. Very unlucky indeed though our bidding was a little too aggressive, so probably a deserved result. Well done, Ian Bond, for withholding that ace."

The full hand was:

Board 17
North Deals
None Vul
Q 9 5 3 2
J 10 2
K Q 4 2
5
Q 8
A 10 7 5
K Q J 10 7 6 3
 
N
W   E
S
 
K 8 7 4
A 9 5 3
9 6 3
A 2
 
A J 10 6
K 7 6 4
J 8
9 8 4
West North East South
  Pass 1  Pass
2  Pass 2 NT Pass
3  Pass 3 NT Pass
4  Pass 4  Pass
6  All pass    

 Thanks, Kathy.

Hungry for success

Obviously for just $10 entry, punters have to bring their own lunch.   And Jena Robinson from Thames was baffled by the disappearance of hers at lunchtime.   I’m not sure if it was hunger or irritation but whatever it was, Jena and partner Alex Barshai had a blinder of an afternoon and stormed into second place.    The mystery of the missing lunch was solved after everybody had departed when a club member who returned to help with afternoon tea mentioned they had cleared out the fridge of dubious looking (and presumably past its best before) foodstuff into the pig bin (we didn’t check in there!)."

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  Anna  ....                                    and a wish for you all!

I couldn’t resist sending Jena with a pic of me eating her lunch later (or at least pretending to!)

There were some other major tournaments over the past two months … the North Island 20A teams and Gold Coast Congress spring to mind … It seems a long time ago and has been covered in other reports but can confirm that the big names conquered (Ware/Cornell/Bach and Tislevoll) at Tauranga and we all had a good time at the Gold Coast!     

 

 

 

 

 

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