Wednesday, February 14, 2018

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2/1: THE TORTOISE OR THE HARE? A guest column by Paul Laliberte

French author Jean de La Fontaine wrote many fables. Each one teaches an important lesson. The fable of The Tortoise and the Hare is one of particular relevance to bridge players. As La Fontaine himself stated, “Rien ne sert de courir; il faut partir à point.” (Running serves no purpose; you have to leave on time.) The speedy hare got off to a quick start but ultimately lost the race to a much slower, yet deliberate tortoise.

In the realm of contract bridge, two different bidding systems approach the game in a radically different way. Standard American relies on the strategy of the hare. Early in the auction, skip bids may be required to show extra values so that partner will not pass below the level of game. On the other hand, 2/1 takes the approach of the tortoise. The more slowly one bids once it is clear that game must be reached, the more one has to offer to the partnership. Conversely, skip bids made by 2/1 players are “fast arrival” bids which send a clear message: I have the values for game but not for slam…bid on only if you have extra values of your own. The problem with Standard American is that valuable bidding space is consumed unnecessarily by skip bids in situations where slam possibilities are in the offing. But again, the approach that you choose is clearly a matter of partnership agreement.

After long discussion, my regular partner Jim Kaplan and I have opted for the philosophy of the tortoise, which we deem definitely superior to that of the hare. La Fontaine himself would have agreed. Our “slow and steady” approach paid great dividends back on December 26 while we were playing on the online site OK Bridge. West was dealing, with no one vulnerable:

                       NORTH (Jim)
          S A K 10 7 4
                       H K Q 4 2
                       D 8 3
                       C 10 2
WEST                                             EAST
S Q 9 5 3                                        S J 8 2
H 10 8 7 5 3                                     H A 9 6
D 10                                             D Q 9 6 5 2
C 7 5 3                                          C 9 6
                       SOUTH (Paul)
                       S 6
                       H J
                       D A K J 7 4
                       C A K Q J 8 4

The bidding proceeded as follows:

West  North   East   South
Pass  1S      Pass   2C• 
Pass  2H      Pass   3D••
Pass  3S•••   Pass   4D••••
Pass  5C••••• Pass   6C
All Pass

•     Game Force
••    Forcing: no need to skip in diamonds despite 19 HCP
•••   A great bid!  Initially, mention of the fourth suit asks rather than tells. With no stopper in diamonds, 3S is quite sensible.
••••  Forcing (showing a 6-5 pattern in the minors)
••••• Suit preference

After partner’s retreat to 5C, I paused to assess the bidding situation. In order to justify an opener, partner rated to hold at least one ace. Consequently, a raise to 6C seemed justified. A 7C contract, although not out of the question, seemed too risky insomuch as 6C would stand to gain IMPs. Unwilling to go for broke on this deal, I opted for a relatively safe small slam (giving up on the chances of thirteen tricks). Was I glad when I learned we were missing the HA!

Opening lead: H8

Once dummy came down, it became obvious that the heart ace would be the only trick for the defenders. Twelve tricks were now available: two spades, two hearts, two diamonds and six clubs. Not a bad result: +920 and 5.45 IMPs our way.

Please note that Jim and I reached slam by means of an auction devoid of skip bids. Our slow, steady approach won the race because we left ourselves ample bidding space for exploration. La Fontaine and his tortoise would have been proud!

Game Results - Feb 14, 2018

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Wednesday Afternoon Pairs Wednesday Aft Session February 14, 2018
Scores after 27 boards  Average:   54.0      Section  A
Pair    Pct   Score      Section Rank      MPs     
                         A     B     C  
  8   63.55   68.63  A   1                1.10(A)  James Kaplan - Paul Bacon
  1   56.77   61.31  B   2     1          0.77(A)  Jim Kronholm - Eric Day
  6   55.09   59.50  C   3     2     1    0.56(C)  Barry LaFlam - Yan Drabek
 11   51.05   55.13  C   4     3     2    0.39(A)  Jeannie Jones - Susan Lantz
 12   50.00   54.00  C         4     3    0.28(C)  Phylis Greenfield - Alan Greenfield
  3   49.48   53.44  A                             Allison Ryan - James Osofsky
  9   47.92   51.75  C                             Fran Becker - Mike Becker
  4   47.22   51.00  C                             Bob Leitch - Marlene Buchanan
  2   45.83   49.50  C                             Janice Barrett - Joan Laird
 10   44.27   47.81  C                             Mort Sternheim - Helen Sternheim
  7   38.55   41.63  C                             Barbara Symborski - Peter Hanson

 RESULTS OF BOARD 1

   SCORES      MATCHPOINTS   NAMES
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W
  450          2.00   2.00 3-Ryan-Osofsky vs 11-Jones-Lantz
  480          3.50   0.50 6-LaFlam-Drabek vs 10-Sternheim-Sternheim
  420          1.00   3.00 8-Kaplan-Bacon vs 4-Leitch-Buchanan
  300          0.00   4.00 9-Becker-Becker vs 7-Symborski-Hanson
  480          3.50   0.50 12-Greenfield-Greenfield vs 1-Kronholm-Day
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 RESULTS OF BOARD 2

   SCORES      MATCHPOINTS   NAMES
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W
   50          3.50   0.50 3-Ryan-Osofsky vs 11-Jones-Lantz
        110    2.00   2.00 6-LaFlam-Drabek vs 10-Sternheim-Sternheim
   50          3.50   0.50 8-Kaplan-Bacon vs 4-Leitch-Buchanan
        150    1.00   3.00 9-Becker-Becker vs 7-Symborski-Hanson
        200    0.00   4.00 12-Greenfield-Greenfield vs 1-Kronholm-Day
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 RESULTS OF BOARD 3

   SCORES      MATCHPOINTS   NAMES
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W
  510          2.50   1.50 3-Ryan-Osofsky vs 11-Jones-Lantz
  510          2.50   1.50 6-LaFlam-Drabek vs 10-Sternheim-Sternheim
 1010          4.00   0.00 8-Kaplan-Bacon vs 4-Leitch-Buchanan
  440          1.00   3.00 9-Becker-Becker vs 7-Symborski-Hanson
         50    0.00   4.00 12-Greenfield-Greenfield vs 1-Kronholm-Day
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 RESULTS OF BOARD 4

   SCORES      MATCHPOINTS   NAMES
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W
        110    2.00   2.00 1-Kronholm-Day vs 8-Kaplan-Bacon
        140    0.50   3.50 6-LaFlam-Drabek vs 3-Ryan-Osofsky
        140    0.50   3.50 7-Symborski-Hanson vs 10-Sternheim-Sternheim
  100          3.00   1.00 11-Jones-Lantz vs 4-Leitch-Buchanan
  170          4.00   0.00 12-Greenfield-Greenfield vs 2-Barrett-Laird
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 RESULTS OF BOARD 5

   SCORES      MATCHPOINTS   NAMES
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W
        200    1.00   3.00 1-Kronholm-Day vs 8-Kaplan-Bacon
        150    3.00   1.00 6-LaFlam-Drabek vs 3-Ryan-Osofsky
        300    0.00   4.00 7-Symborski-Hanson vs 10-Sternheim-Sternheim
        150    3.00   1.00 11-Jones-Lantz vs 4-Leitch-Buchanan
        150    3.00   1.00 12-Greenfield-Greenfield vs 2-Barrett-Laird
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 RESULTS OF BOARD 6

   SCORES      MATCHPOINTS   NAMES
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W
        630    3.50   0.50 1-Kronholm-Day vs 8-Kaplan-Bacon
        660    1.00   3.00 6-LaFlam-Drabek vs 3-Ryan-Osofsky
        660    1.00   3.00 7-Symborski-Hanson vs 10-Sternheim-Sternheim
        630    3.50   0.50 11-Jones-Lantz vs 4-Leitch-Buchanan
        660    1.00   3.00 12-Greenfield-Greenfield vs 2-Barrett-Laird
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 RESULTS OF BOARD 7

   SCORES      MATCHPOINTS   NAMES
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W
        620    3.50   0.50 1-Kronholm-Day vs 6-LaFlam-Drabek
        620    3.50   0.50 2-Barrett-Laird vs 9-Becker-Becker
        660    1.50   2.50 7-Symborski-Hanson vs 4-Leitch-Buchanan
        690    0.00   4.00 10-Sternheim-Sternheim vs 8-Kaplan-Bacon
        660    1.50   2.50 12-Greenfield-Greenfield vs 3-Ryan-Osofsky
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 RESULTS OF BOARD 8

   SCORES      MATCHPOINTS   NAMES
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W
  260          2.50   1.50 1-Kronholm-Day vs 6-LaFlam-Drabek
  260          2.50   1.50 2-Barrett-Laird vs 9-Becker-Becker
  240          1.00   3.00 7-Symborski-Hanson vs 4-Leitch-Buchanan
   50          0.00   4.00 10-Sternheim-Sternheim vs 8-Kaplan-Bacon
  510          4.00   0.00 12-Greenfield-Greenfield vs 3-Ryan-Osofsky
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 RESULTS OF BOARD 9

   SCORES      MATCHPOINTS   NAMES
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W
        300    0.00   4.00 1-Kronholm-Day vs 6-LaFlam-Drabek
        100    1.00   3.00 2-Barrett-Laird vs 9-Becker-Becker
  130          3.00   1.00 7-Symborski-Hanson vs 4-Leitch-Buchanan
  110          2.00   2.00 10-Sternheim-Sternheim vs 8-Kaplan-Bacon
  200          4.00   0.00 12-Greenfield-Greenfield vs 3-Ryan-Osofsky
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 RESULTS OF BOARD 10

   SCORES      MATCHPOINTS   NAMES
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W
        180    3.00   1.00 2-Barrett-Laird vs 7-Symborski-Hanson
        600    1.50   2.50 3-Ryan-Osofsky vs 1-Kronholm-Day
        600    1.50   2.50 10-Sternheim-Sternheim vs 9-Becker-Becker
  100          4.00   0.00 11-Jones-Lantz vs 6-LaFlam-Drabek
        630    0.00   4.00 12-Greenfield-Greenfield vs 4-Leitch-Buchanan
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 RESULTS OF BOARD 11

   SCORES      MATCHPOINTS   NAMES
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W
        180    4.00   0.00 2-Barrett-Laird vs 7-Symborski-Hanson
        460    0.50   3.50 3-Ryan-Osofsky vs 1-Kronholm-Day
        460    0.50   3.50 10-Sternheim-Sternheim vs 9-Becker-Becker
        430    2.50   1.50 11-Jones-Lantz vs 6-LaFlam-Drabek
        430    2.50   1.50 12-Greenfield-Greenfield vs 4-Leitch-Buchanan
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 RESULTS OF BOARD 12

   SCORES      MATCHPOINTS   NAMES
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W
  450          4.00   0.00 2-Barrett-Laird vs 7-Symborski-Hanson
  110          3.00   1.00 3-Ryan-Osofsky vs 1-Kronholm-Day
  100          2.00   2.00 10-Sternheim-Sternheim vs 9-Becker-Becker
   50          1.00   3.00 11-Jones-Lantz vs 6-LaFlam-Drabek
        100    0.00   4.00 12-Greenfield-Greenfield vs 4-Leitch-Buchanan
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 RESULTS OF BOARD 13

   SCORES      MATCHPOINTS   NAMES
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W
  100          3.50   0.50 1-Kronholm-Day vs 10-Sternheim-Sternheim
  100          3.50   0.50 3-Ryan-Osofsky vs 8-Kaplan-Bacon
        130    2.00   2.00 4-Leitch-Buchanan vs 2-Barrett-Laird
        600    1.00   3.00 7-Symborski-Hanson vs 11-Jones-Lantz
        660    0.00   4.00 9-Becker-Becker vs 6-LaFlam-Drabek
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 RESULTS OF BOARD 14

   SCORES      MATCHPOINTS   NAMES
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W
  120          3.50   0.50 1-Kronholm-Day vs 10-Sternheim-Sternheim
   90          1.50   2.50 3-Ryan-Osofsky vs 8-Kaplan-Bacon
  120          3.50   0.50 4-Leitch-Buchanan vs 2-Barrett-Laird
   90          1.50   2.50 7-Symborski-Hanson vs 11-Jones-Lantz
         50    0.00   4.00 9-Becker-Becker vs 6-LaFlam-Drabek
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 RESULTS OF BOARD 15

   SCORES      MATCHPOINTS   NAMES
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W
        300    0.50   3.50 1-Kronholm-Day vs 10-Sternheim-Sternheim
        300    0.50   3.50 3-Ryan-Osofsky vs 8-Kaplan-Bacon
   90          3.00   1.00 4-Leitch-Buchanan vs 2-Barrett-Laird
        100    2.00   2.00 7-Symborski-Hanson vs 11-Jones-Lantz
  130          4.00   0.00 9-Becker-Becker vs 6-LaFlam-Drabek
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 RESULTS OF BOARD 16

   SCORES      MATCHPOINTS   NAMES
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W
  420          2.50   1.50 1-Kronholm-Day vs 7-Symborski-Hanson
         50    0.00   4.00 2-Barrett-Laird vs 10-Sternheim-Sternheim
  420          2.50   1.50 4-Leitch-Buchanan vs 9-Becker-Becker
  420          2.50   1.50 8-Kaplan-Bacon vs 11-Jones-Lantz
  420          2.50   1.50 12-Greenfield-Greenfield vs 6-LaFlam-Drabek
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 RESULTS OF BOARD 17

   SCORES      MATCHPOINTS   NAMES
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W
        460    0.00   4.00 1-Kronholm-Day vs 7-Symborski-Hanson
        400    3.00   1.00 2-Barrett-Laird vs 10-Sternheim-Sternheim
        430    1.50   2.50 4-Leitch-Buchanan vs 9-Becker-Becker
        180    4.00   0.00 8-Kaplan-Bacon vs 11-Jones-Lantz
        430    1.50   2.50 12-Greenfield-Greenfield vs 6-LaFlam-Drabek
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 RESULTS OF BOARD 18

   SCORES      MATCHPOINTS   NAMES
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W
 1080          4.00   0.00 1-Kronholm-Day vs 7-Symborski-Hanson
        100    0.50   3.50 2-Barrett-Laird vs 10-Sternheim-Sternheim
        100    0.50   3.50 4-Leitch-Buchanan vs 9-Becker-Becker
  620          3.00   1.00 8-Kaplan-Bacon vs 11-Jones-Lantz
  600          2.00   2.00 12-Greenfield-Greenfield vs 6-LaFlam-Drabek
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 RESULTS OF BOARD 19

   SCORES      MATCHPOINTS   NAMES
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W
        170    1.50   2.50 2-Barrett-Laird vs 8-Kaplan-Bacon
  150          4.00   0.00 6-LaFlam-Drabek vs 4-Leitch-Buchanan
        170    1.50   2.50 10-Sternheim-Sternheim vs 3-Ryan-Osofsky
        650    0.00   4.00 11-Jones-Lantz vs 9-Becker-Becker
        140    3.00   1.00 12-Greenfield-Greenfield vs 7-Symborski-Hanson
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 RESULTS OF BOARD 20

   SCORES      MATCHPOINTS   NAMES
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W
  200          3.00   1.00 2-Barrett-Laird vs 8-Kaplan-Bacon
  170          1.50   2.50 6-LaFlam-Drabek vs 4-Leitch-Buchanan
        110    0.00   4.00 10-Sternheim-Sternheim vs 3-Ryan-Osofsky
  170          1.50   2.50 11-Jones-Lantz vs 9-Becker-Becker
  620          4.00   0.00 12-Greenfield-Greenfield vs 7-Symborski-Hanson
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 RESULTS OF BOARD 21

   SCORES      MATCHPOINTS   NAMES
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W
  650          4.00   0.00 2-Barrett-Laird vs 8-Kaplan-Bacon
        100    1.00   3.00 6-LaFlam-Drabek vs 4-Leitch-Buchanan
  620          3.00   1.00 10-Sternheim-Sternheim vs 3-Ryan-Osofsky
  170          2.00   2.00 11-Jones-Lantz vs 9-Becker-Becker
        200    0.00   4.00 12-Greenfield-Greenfield vs 7-Symborski-Hanson
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 RESULTS OF BOARD 22

   SCORES      MATCHPOINTS   NAMES
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W
       1390    0.50   3.50 3-Ryan-Osofsky vs 9-Becker-Becker
        100    4.00   0.00 6-LaFlam-Drabek vs 2-Barrett-Laird
        600    3.00   1.00 10-Sternheim-Sternheim vs 4-Leitch-Buchanan
        620    2.00   2.00 11-Jones-Lantz vs 1-Kronholm-Day
       1390    0.50   3.50 12-Greenfield-Greenfield vs 8-Kaplan-Bacon
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 RESULTS OF BOARD 23

   SCORES      MATCHPOINTS   NAMES
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W
  100          2.00   2.00 3-Ryan-Osofsky vs 9-Becker-Becker
  110          3.50   0.50 6-LaFlam-Drabek vs 2-Barrett-Laird
        100    0.50   3.50 10-Sternheim-Sternheim vs 4-Leitch-Buchanan
  110          3.50   0.50 11-Jones-Lantz vs 1-Kronholm-Day
        100    0.50   3.50 12-Greenfield-Greenfield vs 8-Kaplan-Bacon
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 RESULTS OF BOARD 24

   SCORES      MATCHPOINTS   NAMES
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W
        460    1.00   3.00 3-Ryan-Osofsky vs 9-Becker-Becker
        110    4.00   0.00 6-LaFlam-Drabek vs 2-Barrett-Laird
        460    1.00   3.00 10-Sternheim-Sternheim vs 4-Leitch-Buchanan
        150    3.00   1.00 11-Jones-Lantz vs 1-Kronholm-Day
        460    1.00   3.00 12-Greenfield-Greenfield vs 8-Kaplan-Bacon
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 RESULTS OF BOARD 25

   SCORES      MATCHPOINTS   NAMES
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W
  450          3.50   0.50 2-Barrett-Laird vs 11-Jones-Lantz
  100          0.50   3.50 4-Leitch-Buchanan vs 1-Kronholm-Day
  100          0.50   3.50 7-Symborski-Hanson vs 3-Ryan-Osofsky
  450          3.50   0.50 8-Kaplan-Bacon vs 6-LaFlam-Drabek
  420          2.00   2.00 12-Greenfield-Greenfield vs 9-Becker-Becker
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 RESULTS OF BOARD 26

   SCORES      MATCHPOINTS   NAMES
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W
  140          2.00   2.00 2-Barrett-Laird vs 11-Jones-Lantz
        300    0.50   3.50 4-Leitch-Buchanan vs 1-Kronholm-Day
  200          3.00   1.00 7-Symborski-Hanson vs 3-Ryan-Osofsky
        300    0.50   3.50 8-Kaplan-Bacon vs 6-LaFlam-Drabek
  400          4.00   0.00 12-Greenfield-Greenfield vs 9-Becker-Becker
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 RESULTS OF BOARD 27

   SCORES      MATCHPOINTS   NAMES
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W
        420    0.50   3.50 2-Barrett-Laird vs 11-Jones-Lantz
        300    2.00   2.00 4-Leitch-Buchanan vs 1-Kronholm-Day
        420    0.50   3.50 7-Symborski-Hanson vs 3-Ryan-Osofsky
        100    3.50   0.50 8-Kaplan-Bacon vs 6-LaFlam-Drabek
        100    3.50   0.50 12-Greenfield-Greenfield vs 9-Becker-Becker
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