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Wrapping Up The Babich

The score period having lapsed, the results as published have been declared final by organiser Richard Solomon. There are 750 pairs from 44 clubs .. about 75% of pre-Covid turn-out.

Section Overall, 2nd after Section Ashburton, is a comprehensive listing of all players in rank order. All columns in the Ladder are sortable by clicking on their headings. Find a name in these big reports by searching with CTRL-F. The Section results are reports by club. Special reports are up there too.

Name With-Held Asks ...

Clicking into your name will be part of a larger publication to be made when the final few come through.

The scaling down - or up - is what simultaneous pairs is all about. When club results - say 7 tables - are scored across a much bigger field .. we have 350 tables so far ... they become much more objective. Club results can be "out" by +/-10% over 24 boards when compared with the scored-across result of a larger field. The range, which you can find by clicking on the Difference heading, is currently +9.95 to -9.67 ... both from Thames who had six tables last night. You need about 60 tables before you get results with an average deviation of +/-0.5% when compared to the scored-across result in a really huge field. This is the whole point with X-Clubs - 40% of NZ Clubs are now playing the same boards at the same times in ten different time slots a week. Sometimes we have over 500 pairs competing. When will your club be ready to join in the fun?

On Sat, Nov 13, 2021 at 8:02 AM Name With-held wrote:

Wanaka WINS!!

10:55PM Friday
The results have been flowing in very smoothly since 9:45 and 70 minutes later we have all but nine clubs to come. Top runners are Vivian Sexton and Maureen Russ of Kerikeri. Vivian and Maureen are rather good at this, having won the Babich last year.

11:30
Forty heats published. Still five clubs to come - Alexandra, Gisborne (keying frantically still), Hastings, Queenstown, and Wanaka (promised first thing tomorrow).

11:45
Queenstown arrived after manual input

11:55 - pulling the pin with 41 heats published. Good night all.

9:10AM Saturday
Alexandra and Gisbourne arrive - just Hastings and Wanaka vying for the Wayne Benefield Wooden Spoon Award (Wayne holds the record at 2pm Sunday from 2015)

9:35
Hastings arrives. Just the last to come from Wanaka. Reportedly highly chuffed at some measure of success this year.

10:10 .. we have a prospectively final result!! Twelve hours after starting the scoring .. pretty good as these things go. Still hoping for two hours. Maybe next year.

The window for scoring corrections with Richard Solomon closes in two hours at midday.

THE BABICH COMES ROUND AGAIN ...

... although in almost certain-to-be reduced form tonight. We have 45 heats involved, five of which are being played on the RealBridge platform. RealBridge has taken the bridge world by storm in just over a year and certainly appears to have a role in the future of our game. It's something you can play on a device which might well make bridge, or minibridge at least, attractive to the younger set.

Richard Solomon's commentary, which has always appeared in booklet form, will be posted on the NZ Bridge site after 10:30 tonight .. something for you to read while you wait nervously for the first cut of results. In previous years we've managed 80% of the results in 20% of the time but you never know .. maybe tonight we'll have it all wrapped up by 11:30pm (yeah, right!). Tragically there have always be one or two clubs' results we haven't managed to get before noon the next day. Anna Kalma will no doubt be posting progress reports on social media and this page will alert you to posting updates as soon as they take place. Best presentation is on the Wide View tab above.

Enjoy your game everyone!

X-Clubs Play_08

This deal from recent play was sent to me by one of my regular panelists. The declarer play rather than the bidding is what will interest the reader. It is not very often that we find a vulnerable vs not vulnerable sacrifice paying off, and as my correspondent writes, this one did not either, because when this was played, 5C doubled went down two, with nearly all other tables returning a +480 when only one EW pair bid to a very good heart slam. I find it difficult to see how NS would end up in 5C doubled rather than EW in either 5H or 6H. But let’s not puzzle over the bidding, but look at the play.

Dealer N NS Vul

T865
3
5
AKJ9863
Q973
KQ87
QJ742
KJ
AJT95
AKT98
4
A42
642
63
QT752

How Say You?

You are South and dealer, playing basic Acol. Match points.
You open 1H. West on your left bids 2D and partner doubles.

a) What would you bid holding

AQJ
AKJT
7632
Q2

(OK - no need to go on about five card majors, you have agreed to play BASIC Acol so the opening is 1H!)

b) if partner and East had both passed, what would you have bid?

The Question after that ...

Vil thanks everyone that responded to his Next Question article. As many suspected, 6C is a very good end result. After his opening 1C, partner actually held:

Axxx
AKQJ
x
Txxx
opposite your
KQ2
T3
A53
AQJ52

and 6C was a breeze despite a club loser to the king offside.

X-Clubs Play_07

Let’s take another look at our freak deal in issue No.6 and see what we can learn from it.

Board 13 from Tuesday, 19/10/21
Dealer N All Vul

874
KQJ62
Q7643
T2
7
QJT
AKJT852
AKQJ965
AT
K53
9
3
98543
A987642

The value of weak two suited opening bids is enough to sway me from the standard weak two single-suiter bids. Some readers may even prefer some form of ‘multi’ but I find that keeping it simple saves a lot of mental torture and disasters at the table. That is why I try to keep the Evil stuff as simple and as consistently logical as possible. You may disagree.

Next Question

Match Points session
Dealer W EW Vul

SouthWestNorthEast
-Pass1Pass
?

What do you bid and why, holding

KQ2
T3
A53
AQJ52

Your answer, please, to me at villyn@xtra.co.nz

X-Clubs Play_06

Freak deals do occur from time to time. This one cropped up on a recent Tuesday in a teams contest at the Hutt Club (and presumably in match point sessions at other X-Clubs).

Board 13 from Tuesday, 19/10/21
Dealer N All Vul

874
KQJ62
Q7643
T2
7
QJT
AKJT852
AKQJ965
AT
K53
9
3
98543
A987642

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