May 21, 2016: With a roaring 70.6% game, the pair of Sarah Macharg and Matt Oakley of the McQueen High School Bridge Club walked away with the Reno Youth Bridge Year End Pairs Championships held today at the Reno Bridge Center. Playing a non aggressive game Sarah and Matt beat out Kailee Betts and Michelle Choung who finished second with a very respectable score of 63.17% less than one percent ahead of Emma Miller and Ruth Mike Slattery, Dan Green, Sarah Macharg,Matt Oakley & Susan Powell
Lynman who finished at 62.33%. The rest of the field finished in a narrow band of 50 to 55.33% . The Final Tournament of the year was prelude to the announcement by RYB President, Mike Slattery, of the top 20 ranked students in the Reno Youth Bridge Achievement Programs $1000 Condition Precedent Tuition Scholarship Award. This Scholarship is awarded students finishing in the top 20 rankings for accumulating RYBAP Points. The total value of these award exceeds $3000.00 and are redeemable at major department stores in Reno. After a light lunch served to the players RYB announced the 2016 Summer Camp program for those students wishing to learn more about the Two Over One Game 2nd place winners Michelle Choung Kailee Betts
Force Bidding System. This Email teaching program is offered by Bud Brewer and Dan Green and is based on Larry Cohen’s Teaching.
Rankings for RYB Year End Pairs Championships:
April 29, 2016: Reno Youth Bridge Directors have announced the date for their Year-end Pairs Tournament to be held May 21st at the Reno Bridge Center. This is the final opportunity for students to win RYBAP points toward the award of the $1000 College or Trade School Tuition Scholarship awarded to the student who accumulated the highest number of Black points and Silver points awarded for both effort and achievement respectively. The event will be a Pairs format and will test students on their learning to bid and play the game of bridge. The event is the last opportunity for winning RYBAP Achievement points. With the winning pair earning as many as 40 or 50 RYBAP points, the Precedent Contingent Scholarship award is winnable by any of the students currently in the top 10 rankings. While the favorite has to be Emma Miller, on the right in the picture at the left margin (She currently has a 40 point lead over her partner Sidney Inouye pictured with her), any of the students shown in the sidebar for current top ten positions can win enough points playing on line and in ACBL sanctioned games until then to be able to overcome the current 40 point advantage currently held by Emma. Miller.Learn More
April 23, 2016: Fresh from their successful trip to the San Francisco Bay High School Team Championship Tournament, McQueen’s Team of Four Captained by Emma Miller returned to capture the RYB Silver Cup Team Championship when they scored a resounding victory in the tournament held at the Golden Nugget Hotel on Saturday. Playing in this highlight event were representative teams from all participating District Middle Schools and High Schools. McQueen’s team of four was made up of Emma Miller, Sidney Inouye, Matt Oakley, and Vitas Gedilva. In second place were Ashley Unerbasami from Billinghurst, Leigh Fisher from Sparks Middle School and two guests. In third place were Haley Oliver,Alex Heredia-Nunez, and Luis Heredia-Nunez, representing Sparks Middle School. For the first time, attendance was disappointing for this very special event, however, the play by students from Billinghurst and Sparks Middle school, two institutions that have been participating in Reno Youth Bridge since inception was reflective of the excitement that goes along with playing in intramural competition. Leadership provided by those school’s Faculty Representatives has made a big difference in how their students are able to take advantage of the benefits of learning how to play this great game.Learn More
April 17, 2016: The McQueen Bridge Team finished fourth in the Bay Area High School Team Championships held on Sunday April 17th at the Bayshore Bridge Center in Burlingame, California. The Team performed very well in this their first effort in this high level championships. High School Students 19 years and under qualify to be members of their high school team and each team played five boards against each other team with the two teams scoring the highest number of victory points facing each other in an 22 board final scored by International Match Points. Sarah Macharg (Captain), Matt Oakley, Sidney Inouye and Emma Miller, entered the consolation Pairs Tournament and both pairs finished second, Sarah and Matt sitting North South and Emma and Sidney sitting East West. Now the four players will be entering the Reno Youth Bridge Spring Duplicate Team match competing to win the WCSD-RYB Silver Cup to be held at the Golden Nugget hotel concurrently with the April Showers Sectional Tournament sponsored by Unit 473 of the American Contract Bridge League.Learn More
Lesson for the week. Here is a hand in which you as south find yourself after the bidding goes 1NT by you then Pass,Pass, Pass.
They say that 1NT is the hardest contract to make (one of my students once suggested that your partner should always raise you to 2NT, since that contract is easier). From an online game, as South, you hold:
94 A53 AQ53 AJ64
Your 1NT opening buys it and LHO leads the 6 (standard). What is your plan?
This was IMP scoring, but I don’t see that the plan should be any different at matchpoints. In notrump, I like to count winners. You have 3 sure diamonds and 2 aces for 5. This spade lead gives you a great chance for extra tricks. If LHO has led from the ace-queen, you can win the jack now and later lead up to the king.
Players are reluctant to lead from AQ against 1NT, so let’s say you choose instead to hope LHO has led from Q10-empty. You play low from dummy and hope East produces a low one or the the ace. No, he plays the queen. That’s not terrible news–at least it wasn’t the 10. Now, you will be able to later build additional trick(s) in spades. Note: The Rule of 11 tells you that East had only one card higher than the 6 (11-6=5 and you can see 4 of those cards). Looking at those great spades in dummy, RHO switches. He plays the Q. And you?
Well, in my tricky way, I have glossed over the key play. Did you unblock your 9 at trick one? You will soon see why that was a good idea. Let’s say you hold up in hearts and the defense plays them until you win your ace. The diamonds can wait; you want to play a spade now while dummy still has the K as an entry. If you play the 9 (which you carelessly retained), LHO plays low. Your 9 wins the trick (winning in dummy is no better), and you are stuck in your hand. When you test diamonds they don’t split and you have only 6 tricks for down one.
What if you properly unblock the 9 at trick one? Your foresight makes the rest easy. When you win your A you lead your 4 to dummy’s 8. Then you are in dummy to knock out LHO’s A and you have 7 sure tricks. This was the Real Deal:
My lawyers have made me state that there is a double-dummy way (too many players out there run my deals through double-dummy software and write letters to the editor) to survive without unblocking the 9 at trick one. Still, it is the correct play and be proud of your +90 if you saw it!Learn More