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WINTER, 2010

THE DECLARER

Page 3

We Don't Need No Stinkin' Squeezes

by Peter Stein

[Note: the title is a play on the famous movie line: "We don't need no stinkin' badges"; Steve Arshan and I spent the week in Danbury arguing over whether it was from "Treasure of Sierra Madre" or "Touch of Evil" - I was wrong, it's the former - see below for the young and curious: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stinking_badges.]

Playing in the Open Swiss with Steve Arshan against a pair from our Unit. It's the 5th match and we're 2 VPs ahead of them in 3rd place at the

time. I'm in 4with

AQJxxxx

Jxx

xx

2

Opposite:

Kx

Qx

AKJx

KQxxx

The Defense goes Aand a Heart to the Kand a trump return. Obviously, I'm making 4but just for drill I draw the last trump and cash the Jand run all my spades but one pitching four clubs and a diamond

xx

2

AKJ

K

coming down to: x Opposite:

I play the last Spade, and the Jis pitched on my left, I pitch the Kand righty pitches the A! (Yes lefty could have pitched a diamond and broken the squeeze but they didn't).

Of course, it’s IMPs and just an overtrick and is my wont, I'm not really paying that much attention to the discards so even though I'm pretty sure the 2is good, I give up my chance of actually pulling off a rare (for me) squeeze (an 'R' Squeeze?) and I just take my 2 top diamonds to make 4(One wonders why I didn't just claim 5 minutes earlier, I know ….).

Righty did have Qxx of diamonds behind me and it was true that all the clubs were gone but so what - we don't need no ……..

So, they made 4also at the other table. Of course, we lost the match by 1 IMP (thus by 2 VPs) instead of tying it.

Neither of us had any chance to win the event - Bob Heitzman's team was running away with it, but we swept our last round somehow and wound up with 97 VPs -Tied for 4th overall with the Team we played this hand against!

So maybe I want to reconsider this squeeze thing - I make my 97th res- olution to count and pay attention to discards during the play of the hand.

Renee Dondero

27.41

Cecil Borri

5.24

Nan Wang

34.46

Wayne Kuan

Marcia Goldstein

15.55

Jill Gregson

4.52

William Barnes

23.15

Asish Sengupta

Leora Dubrovsky

14.48

Lynda Pullen

3.66

Peter Stein

23.09

Stanley Weiss

Dori Byrnes

13.81

Muriel Klinger

2.78

Jeff Liss

20.40

Richard Malus

Rusty Rapport

12.06

Carol Ann Krueger

2.72

Robert Zeckhauser

18.11

Gil Hollander

Cynthia Schneider

43.05

Patricia Mignon

5.71

Alexander Allen

37.62

Dilip Thadani

Betty Cox

31.10

Sandra Field

5.00

William Esberg

35.73

Thomas Arnold

Susan Fulton

24.80

Susan Craig

4.52

Dennis Thompson

35.06

George Moehringer

Julie Rowe

20.61

Tina Kaplan

4.22

Eli Schneider

28.92

Tullio Borri

Judy Wirtenberg

12.43

Jeanne Forti

3.65

Jiang Gu

26.43

Gregory Gorshkov

20 to 50

Xuhua Lin David Sutton Pei Wang Dinkar Pujara Raymond Wier

Ralph Steinhardt

  • 0

    to 20

Yubing Luo Joseph Borowaky Wensheng Miao David Siegel David Alexander

300 to 1000 Carol Davis Deborah Wasik Jo Iacono Susan Slusky Soon Kim

12.70 12.25 8.57 7.77 7.51

200 to 300 Joan Anderson Agnes Barenti Deborah Crisfield Mirka Zeymo Carol Arnold

8.57 5.64 5.60 5.41 5.26

1000 to 2500

50 to 100

1000 to 2500

50 to 100

300 to 1000 Xiaoxiong Dai Jason Ji Dougin Walker Russ Pomeroy Robert Levinson

21.05 19.27 16.25 12.22 9.92

200 to 300 Vladimir Oudalov Nat Zucker Michael Pisani James Scheirer Sumner Freedman

7.04 6.79 4.34 4.27 4.25

PLAYER OF THE YEAR (POTY) STANDINGS

20 to 50 Jane Carter Molly Ellsworth Margaret Symington Patricia Overmyer Anne Lightburn

3.12 2.72 2.44 2.42 1.84

0 to 20 Pat McDonnell Jane Black Toby Ashen Denise Kepzenberg Susan Pivko

2.46 2.01 1.99 1.66 0.83

100 to 200

A Clarification of Events

MEN

Over 2500

Through October 2009

WOMEN

100 to 200

Over 2500

9.25 8.87 8.29 5.24 5.02

8.95 7.45 7.04 4.39 3.41

8.11 4.25 3.89 1.31 1.28

1.28

5.84 2.62 1.55 0.91 0.91

Autumn Bridgefest Charity Swiss September 26, 2009

A

B

C

1

2 3/4 3/4

1 2

3

1

B Kunin-D Thompson- M Brighouse-C Berenbaum R Ross-S Arshan-W Esberg-N Wang F Shaftel-D Goldstein-N Block-B Keppel E Evans-L Blessing-B Witzel-B Cox K & M Elyakin-M & D Teitelbaum A Steinberger-P Jones- G Jones-E Siegel S Kanter-I Pogrebinsky- A Nelken-R Nelken S Weiss-V Oudalov-S Borenstein-J Eng

Feedback from the Charity Swiss was that it was again a wonderful event enjoyed by all. Unit 140 is donating $300.00 to Camp Quality for kids with can- cer.

by Debbie Wasik

Figuring out the stratifications for a given tournament can be daunting, even to experienced players. Due to a shift in the masterpoint holdings of ACBL members, a number of tournament organizers - our Unit Board included - have recently changed the flights and stratifications at their events. I'd like to try to clear up any confusion about those changes - if I can:

Stratified Open events feature all the players in one pool and are divid- ed into A, B, C: A=0-unlimited, B=0-2000, C=0-750. Only the higher num- ber is important in each category. Anyone can play as an A, but if they have more than 2000 MP's, they MUST play as an A.

Flighted events separate the stratifications into separate pools. We cur- rently are not offering any flighted events at our Sectionals.

A prime source of confusion stems from looking at Strats as segments of masterpoints (300-500 points), when they actually function more like a ladder. EVERYONE is an A (0-infinity), and all strats actually start at 0 with only the maximum number of points allowed in that strat serving as the dividing line.

In our Sectionals there are two types of events - Stratified and Stratiflighted.

Stratiflighted events combine the stratified and flighted structures. In essence, they separate the field into two or three separate pools of players, each of which consists of one or more strats. In our case, we separate any- one who has more than 2000 MP's and anyone who has less than 300 MP's from the rest of the field - creating 3 flights. Each flight may then be further divided into strats.

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