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Unit 163 Newsletter Editor: Bill Kochneff FEBRUARY, 2013 VOLUME 2, ISSUE 1 Cedar Rapids Winter Sectional a Success! Davenport Sectional Looms on the Horizon! Cedar Rapids held their winter tournament on January 18, 19, 20. The three day event produced nearly 100 tables. An imaginative Czech theme had lots of Czech treats and give-a-ways. We want to give a warm thank you to these wonderful spon- sors for some great prizes: Parlor City, Sykora’s Bakery, Smugglers Wharf, Blue Toad, Red Frog, Brewed Café, Cooper’s Mill, Advanced Hearing Aid, and Dick Boardman (a Kathy’s pie donation). Barb Skogman did a terrific job on partner- ships. Mike and Diane Roush supplied pop and water. The St. Monica Church Cir- cle ladies (and one gentleman) were there, some at 3AM Sunday morning, baking fresh kolaches on site. The smell and taste was awesome. One hundred and twenty kolaches were enjoyed by the team players on Sunday and there were even a few for purchase to take home. We hope to make this kolache bake a part of our tourna- ments. Our local players did a fantastic job with treats throughout the three days. Gary and Kathy Edwards got the tables and helped with setup and takedown. Sever- al local people pitched in to help with clean-up and other tasks. Thank you so much to everyone who helped. It takes a lot of teamwork to have such a successful and fun tournament! From the Editor: I hope you’re making plans to attend the Davenport Sectional which is being held February 22-24 this month. I’ve always thought it was one of the most challenging tournaments of the year and yet one of the friendliest. If you need the directions, go to mapquest.com, click on “get directions,” and plug in the address you will find on the flyer. Hope to see you there! Cedar Rapids hosted a great sectional tournament. Now it is on to Davenport held at the LaQuinta. We have a newly renovated playing site with good lighting, free parking, and reasonable room rates with free breakfasts. Our partnership chair works hard and our hospitality chair (with help from our wonderful members) does a fantastic job. Come check us out or come again and see if we are even better than before! Questions - contact Ida Bell at email@example.com or Fonda Corson firstname.lastname@example.org. A Special Invite from the Hosts in Davenport Unit 163 Newsletter Page 2 DAVENPORT FALL SECTIONAL TOURNAMENT LA QUINTA INN [bridge rate $62] at 3330 EAST KIMBERLY ROAD in DAVENPORT (563) 359-3921 Friday February 22, 2013 2:00 PM Flight A Open Pairs (2500/Open) and the Strat B Open Pairs (300/750/1500) 7:00 PM Stratified Pairs/Teams (1000/2000/Open) Saturday February 23, 2013 10:00 AM Stratified Pairs/Teams (1000/2000/Open) and the Stars of the Future Pairs (100/200/300) 3:00 PM Stratified Pairs/Teams (1000/2000/Open) Sunday February 24, 2013 10:00AM Flight A Swiss Teams (2500/Open) and the Strat B Swiss Teams (300/750/1500) Play Through with Food to Purchase All Pair and Swiss Team events will be stratified by the average masterpoints of entrants. The player with the higher amount will determine the pair/team eligibility for events with an upper limit. Hostess: Ida Bell 563-323-7276 563-210-4397 email@example.com Hostess: Fonda Corson 563-355-7293 firstname.lastname@example.org Partnership: George Bleich 563-355-4850 563-508-4964 email@example.com Hospitality: Elaine Waddell Director: Chris Patrias Entry Fee: $8.00 (non or unpaid ACBL member $9.00) http://bridgeunit163.com/ For emergency information Bill Kent (cell) 319-621-9323 Please visit our web site: www.bridgeunit163.com to see additional flyers for upcoming tour- naments, community news, and so much more, including a list of all tournament winners. For example, if you wish to find out who won on Friday afternoon in Cedar Rapids, click on “18AFT” under Cedar Rapids Results… Try it out. Click on the various links and you will discover that there is a whole host of information at our site. From the Novice Corner by Wyn Seely I am the newest Unit 163 board member and by far the least experienced. I have been playing duplicate bridge now for 4 years and am still trying to figure out what Splinter bids are so this should qualify me as a fellow novice player. I accepted the board position not because I knew what I was in for but rather to champion the cause of those who feel intimidated by the game, the seasoned players, the myriad rules and regulations and the sudden realization that some- thing monumental has gotten hold of you but it’s not as easy to master as baking a cake. So the first order of business is to tell you that I’m here for you. If you feel frustrated (and you will often) or discouraged (ditto), you can email me or phone me and I will do what I can to lessen your anxieties. The board members of Unit 163 are making a concerted effort to encourage novice players to become more comfortable at club games and also to participate in sectional and regional tournaments. There are now more opportunities for you to play with others at your ability level. This frees you from the anxiety of the very competitive environment of open games. The board is also encouraging social bridge players to move into the duplicate arena and we are providing more opportunities for beginners to take lessons and gradually move through the ACBL point system all the while playing with others at their same level of expertise. Since this is the beginning of a new year and this is the first newsletter to come out, I want to alert you to two opportunities available to challenge yourself. No one told me about these chances to discreetly compete until recently. You need to be playing in a club game regu- larly and winning master pts. Here is a brief description of both. Ace of Clubs This contest was created in 1984 to recognize achievement for all ACBL members playing at the club level. All the points you accumulate at any local club games are kept track of by ACBL. On the 6th of every month the list is updated on the ACBL.org web site. On the front page you will see a purple header and the first item is Master Point Races. Pull down the menu and you will see the 3rd item is unit races. Click on that. Choose Unit 163 (Iowa State) and the current rankings will be listed for all 13 categories. Choose the category by the number of points you started the calendar year with. If you started the year with 32 master pts. then click the 20-50 category. The number of pts. listed beside your name are the number of pts. you have accumulated so far for the year (these pts. are in addition to what you started with.) Have I lost you yet? Ex. John Doe Mason City, IA 58 pts. John started the year with 32 pts. so he is in the 20-50 bracket, but he has accumulated 58 ad- ditional pts. so far this year so that when the new calendar year begins he will move up to the next bracket. This non-threatening contest motivates you to watch your improvement and se- cretly compete against that opponent you get to play with on Wednesday nights. Now I’ve got your attention! Mini-McKenney This is another Master Points award that works on the same premise as the Ace of Clubs Award. But this contest includes tournament points as well as club points. You can find the re- sults for this award in the same manner as the Ace of Clubs. I hope this information will encourage you to try for a ranking in either of these two venues. And remember, if you need any help or encouragement, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 319-631-8814. Unit 163 Newsletter Page 3 2012 Iowa State Bridge League Top 25 Master Point Winners Unit 163 Newsletter Page 4 Open Non Life Master 1. Paulette Koontz 141.65 1. Yu-Diann Lu 23.52 2. Bill Kent 139.77 2. Bonnie Kremer 21.67 3. Tom Flanders 123.05 3. Allethina Harker 19.93 4. Bob Otto 118.88 4. Michelle Feeney 18.73 5. Joe Pieper 109.33 5. Robert Givens 18.13 6. Maureen Garlich 107.95 6. Dan Willis 17.04 7. Mark Patton 98.78 7. Wyn Seeley 15.99 8. Bill Kochneff 77.35 8. Judy Boten 15.92 9. MaryAnn Boardman 56.02 9. Rob Apel 14.58 10. Steve Treiber 55.07 10. Dixie Horsey 14.33 11. Jim Boardman 48.09 11. Fonda Corson 14.15 12. John Morano 46.43 12. Martha Peterson 14.04 13. Gary Edwards 46.19 13. Grant Carpenter 13.77 14. Kathy Edwards 46.19 14. Trudy Carpenter 13.77 15. Jack Falat 44.86 15. Babs Treiber 12.77 16. Mike Roush 42.13 16. Jim McClure 12.59 17. Gary Mehlin 42.11 17. Steve Rod 12.59 18. Martha Bailie 41.52 18. Jack Kremer 11.39 19. Rich Bailie 41.52 19. Mark Gromko 11.33 20. Dick Schroeder 39.70 20. Terry Shepard 11.09 21. Jim Letts 37.76 21. Bill Baum 10.93 22. Wanda Fishburn 27.25 22. Gretchen Stuhr 10.83 23. Cran Quigley 24.98 23. Don Funk 10.48 24. Jim Tenbroeke 24.13 24. Duane Hinrichs 9.64 25. John Oberman 24.11 25. John Jones 9.62 From your new President, Gary Edwards At their recent meeting in Davenport at the November Sectional, the Board of Directors of Unit 163 of the ACBL elected officers for 2013. Gary Edwards was elected President, Joe Pie- per was elected Vice-President, and Bill Kent was re-elected Secretary-Treasurer. Edwards re- places Maureen Garlich, who had served as President for three years. Unit 163 Newsletter Page 5 Greetings, Unit 163 members. I’m happy to be publishing our first newsletter of 2013. There’s a lot going on in our unit these days. We’ve elected new officers for the year and if you check out the previous page, you’ll find a short note from our new president, Gary Ed- wards. There will be four major newsletters each year and “special” newsletters will go out as well to make sure that you are getting all the information about up and coming unit sectionals. In or- der that we do our best to service our unit, all feedback is appreciated. If you wish to write me at email@example.com, I’ll be happy to forward your comments and concerns on to our unit officers. You can wish to remain anonymous or I’ll be happy to include your name. One of the changes taking place in this newsletter is substance over style. The newsletter will be a little less glitzy from now on, but I’m increasing the font size in order to make it easier to read. This suggestions is from Bill Kent and I think it’s a good idea. Any comments that might make the newsletter still easier to read or increase its appeal are always appreciated. Over the last year, our tournaments have experimented with the time and type of events, par- ticularly on Saturday. If you wish to add your voice to the choice, drop me a line. In the up- coming Davenport tournament, for example, the 8 is Enough event is being left out in favor of two pair events, one beginning at 10:00 and one at 3:00. I, myself, prefer these times as they allow me to keep my Saturday nights free. Again, I’d like to hear from you if you have a pref- erence as to the times or type of events we hold. One of the events about which I’ve heard different opinions is the pair/team events. If you still aren’t familiar with what these are, they are pair events where a board-a-match (BAM) team game is held simultaneously with the pair event. You have the opportunity to win the BAM team game, the pair game, or both. Your master point award will be for whichever even you finish the best in. There are two ways of putting together teams. One is when you are allowed to purchase your entry together as a team (you select with whom you will team) and the other is to have the director assign teams. Again, if you have a preference, please let me know. Finally, I would like to put out a high five to one of our longtime members and one of our best players, Paulette Koontz. Paulette topped the points race last year and was inducted into the Unit 163 Hall of Fame. It’s difficult to imagine a more deserving member. Paulette has a long and steady record of excellence at the bridge table, a wonderful sense of humor, and is an often requested partner of some of the best players in Iowa. Included among those players are Bill Kent, Mark Patton, and Bob Otto. In my opinion, when those players want you to play with them, it is one of the highest compliments that can be paid. Way to go, Paulette! From the Editor Unit 163 Newsletter Page 6 Winner on Loser by Bill Kochneff The loser on loser play frequently appears in bridge, often when declared avoids shortening his or her trump suit by pitching a loser instead of trumping the suit lead by the defense. Rarely does the opportunity arise for declarer to gain a trick in play by pitching a winner on a loser and yet that is exactly what happened in the play of this hand. I say “rarely,” but I am unaware of any other situation in declarer play where this has occurred. If you know of one, please send it in to me. Consider the following hand. North S H D C 7 J 10 10 5 8 7 9 3 4 8 7 6 West East S H D C S H D C K Q A J K 9 4 Q J K 10 10 8 3 9 3 Q 3 6 5 8 J 2 4 4 2 South S H D C A A A 5 6 Q K 9 6 7 2 5 The contract is 3H by South (you) and the opening lead is the K of spades, which you let hold. West now shifts to the A of clubs, then switches back to the Q of spades. Can you find the double dummy play to make at this point? Please consider before reading on. The play to make is to cash the A of spades and the A/K of diamonds, then exit with a dia- mond. The best West can do is to force you to ruff a club in your hand. You then exit with a small heart to dummy’s J and East’s K. East is end-played. He can either finesse himself in the trump suit, or, if he tries to exit with a spade, you throw your diamond, ruff in dummy, and finesse East yourself in trumps. Nine tricks bring home the contract. Unit 163 Newsletter Page 7 But, when I played this hand years ago I wasn’t blessed with double dummy vision. After winning the A of spades at trick 3, I laid down the A of hearts and discovered the 4/0 heart break. It didn’t take long to realize there was no longer a legitimate play to make. I could coup East in the trump suit, but I didn’t have the transportation to handle that play. I couldn’t ruff down (shorten) the trump suit in my hand without getting to dummy twice; getting to dummy once was problematical. However, I soon worked that problem out. I found a way to dummy. Then, if I only had a winner on dummy, I wouldn’t need a second trip back. Unfor- tunately for me, as you can see, dummy has no winners. My opponents were two of the best players in the Midwest. They were from Minnesota and were highly respected. My mentor in this game of bridge, Rich Clinite, had demonstrated to me countless times that you can trick both experienced players and inexperienced players. You just can’t trick them the same way. One thing I could count on was that my expert oppo- nents would notice every card I played and that included the spot cards. So, I proceeded to play the hand just as if I hadn’t laid down the A of hearts. After cashing the A of hearts at trick 4, I won the next tricks with the Ace and King of diamonds and exited with the six of diamonds, concealing the diamond two. (I don’t know if this had any effect on West, but it was important to persuade West that I was now trump tight.) West led another high club, which I ruffed, bringing about this ending. (Keep in mind that I have lost three tricks at this point and can afford to lose only one more if I am to make.) North S H D C J 10 8 9 8 West East S H D C S H D C 9 Q J K 8 J 10 10 2 6 South S H D C Q 2 9 7 5 Unit 163 Newsletter Page 8 I don’t blame you if you can’t see the play to make. Why? Because there isn’t one…at least a legitimate one. But, as I implied earlier, I was planning on tricking the opponents into letting me win a trick I didn’t deserve. I led my 7 of hearts to dummy’s J and East’s K, West pitching a spade. East now switched to the J of spades which I ruffed in my hand and overruffed in dummy. (Had I simply pitched my diamond, I would have been forced to ruff the next trick in my hand and concede the setting trick to East.) Now was the time to win the trick to which I was not entitled. I led the 10 of clubs from dummy and pitched my deuce of diamonds. My hope was that West would not imagine that I still had the diamond in my hand, see that it was red, and presume I was trumping the losing club with a heart. I don’t know if that’s what went on in her mind, but before she noticed what I’d done, she had produced the deuce of clubs, allowing the ten to win the trick! The final two tricks were collected by leading another club off dummy, my Q/9 of hearts surrounding East’s 10/6. The winner on loser? I pitched a winning diamond on a losing club. It was the only way to remain in dummy and run the coup for the final two tricks. The history of bridge is filled with all kinds of plays where declarers and defenders make and defeat contracts by deceiving oppo- nents. Sadly, I know this all too well from personal experience. I can’t begin to count the number of times I’ve been tricked and it certainly isn’t fun when it happens to you. However, the great players keep finding unique ways to deceive players and the ability to deceive is part of what makes them champions. The next time you get tricked, try not to feel too badly. It’s just part of the game. Author’s side note: This hand was played in same Grand National Teams state final which I wrote about in the last issue. My partner was Mike Walrath. Our teammates at the other table, Bill Haney and Marshall Lewis, easily reached and made four spades. Whether or not I made 3H had no effect on the outcome of the match nor the final standings as the board was a vul- nerable game swing for us regardless of whether I made the contract or whether I went one down. However, it sure was fun to make. If you have a favorite hand, send it to me and I’ll do my best to include it in a future issue.
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