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 4♠ with
The Defense goes A♥ and a Heart to the K♥ and a trump return. Obviously, I'm making 4♠ but just for drill I draw the last trump and cash the J♥ and run all my spades but one pitching four clubs and a diamond
coming down to: ♠x Opposite:
I play the last Spade, and the J♣ is pitched on my left, I pitch the K♣ and 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 2♣ is 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 4♠ also 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.
Carol Ann Krueger
20 to 50
Xuhua Lin David Sutton Pei Wang Dinkar Pujara Raymond Wier
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
Through October 2009
100 to 200
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
5.84 2.62 1.55 0.91 0.91
Autumn Bridgefest Charity Swiss September 26, 2009
2 3/4 3/4
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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