Lots of Laughs, Bridge and Pizzas in Auckland
There was an excellent atmosphere on the last Sunday of morning of July as 34 students took part in a Schools’ Pairs event at the Auckland Bridge Club. We had players from Macleans College, Auckland Grammar, Bucklands Beach Intermediate, Remuera Intermediate and Bruce McLaren Intermediate (a first time at a bridge tournament from any students from that school).
A 2-and-a-half-hour session of bridge was played followed by pizzas and chips for lunch with the following being the top scores:
- Tony Ren – Donny Weng 67.12 1. Denny Woo – Eric Lin 63.74
- Ian Chou – Michael Li 62.27 2. Victor Li – Ian Hsu 60.20
- Liya Lai – Kevin Hu 61.86 3. Alan Xu – Avery O’Callahan 59.11
Slam bidders and 1st North/South 1st East-West
Tony Ren and Donny Weng Eric Lin and Denny Woo
Special thanks to Paul Coleman and his wife Cherie who directed and scored the event. Paul is the newly appointed Auckland Youth Co-ordinator with a strong interest in getting more young Aucklanders involved in the game. Also, thanks to all those involved in taking bridge into the schools, whether they be teaching staff or outside volunteers.
This was a nice event of which to be a part.
the prize table! 3rd placed Alan Xu and Avery O'Callahan Harrison Coates and James Harnett
one of two pairs who collected prizes
for a near 50% score
They played 16 boards. This one is a perfect text book example for an ace-ask sequence.
|1 ♦||Pass||1 ♠|
|Pass||4 NT||Pass||5 ♥|
|Pass||6 ♠||All pass|
Once South calls 1, North should just check on aces. If South has one, North will stop in 5. With 2, North bids 6 as above while if South has all 3, then North can bid 7.
(New Zealand Bridge does not recommend the use of 4 Gerber when one is in a suit contract. What a shame here as otherwise, we could check with 4 and sign off at a safe level..4.. when partner very inconveniently has zero aces.)
Those of you who might point out that North would be concerned about the Q and whether South holds it are quite correct. We will save Roman Key Card Blackwood (or Gerber!) for another day.
Tony Ren and Donny Weng were the only pair to bid to slam on this occasion.
A Morning of Discovery
Paul Coleman shares how the scoring works with two of the newer bridge
players, Ezekiel and Jeremiah.