May 9th, 2014 ~ Mike Yuen ~ 2 Comments
In the Open semi-final between Zambonini and Gartaganis with the score 73-126, we knew imps would be flying when play started for the last 15 boards.
This board 17 generated 14 imps for team Zambonini.
The lead was queen of hearts, Shan (north) won with the ace, unblocked the ace of clubs, got in with the king of hearts, discarded a heart on the king of clubs. Ruffed the heart then played a trump. Had a count on the hand, drop of the queen jack of diamonds. he had 12 trick for +980.
When the other table played for restricted choice in diamonds went down in the slam. They won 14 imps.
Sabourin opened an off shape 1NT and soon found himself in six spades. With both the spade queen and king of club offside it was down one and lost of 11 imps.
Then there was board 26.
Poor north was shut out of the auction. With the lead of the ace of clubs, another Canadian slam came home.
At the other table North-South unwilling to test their opening lead skill, took a dive in seven clubs when West bid six diamonds, down four for -1100. Still won 8 imps for their side.
In the other match Board 26 also generated a few imps.
At Maksymetz and Rock’s table. They got to 5 spades, south also led the ace of clubs. Here they made 13 tricks for +710.
At the other table, Todd and Fisher open the East hand 2 diamonds (weak two in a major) got to 6 Diamonds. South also led the ace of clubs. Fisher made 12 tricks +1390 for gain of 12 imps.
It was fun watching on Vugraph. Don’t know about you, I needed a calculator to keep track of the all imps flying around.
When the dusts settled it would be McMullin (Gray McMullin, Sam Nystrom, Rock Shi Yan, Bryan Maksymetz, Tom Walsh) VS Gartaganis (Nick and Judy Gartaganis, Jeff Smith, Gordon Campbell, Paul Thurston, Ilya Kuzkin) in the 120 board final.
You can watch it all on BBO.
The match up in the Senior Teams semi-final :
Flock (Doran Flock, Dave Smith, Michael Schoenborn, Fred Lerner) VS Seigel (Joeseph Seigel, Lino D’Souza, Barry Onslow, John Arblaster)
Jotcham (Ray Jotcham, Bob Kuz, Barry Senensky, Steve Mackay) VS Smith (Duncan Smith, Peter Herold, Gerry McCully, Jim McAvoy, Ken Scholes)
May 8th, 2014 ~ Mike Yuen ~ 2 Comments
There are 8 teams in the Seniors. After 7 matches of 15 boards, the top 4 teams will play 60 boards semi-final and 60 boards final.
We have a coast to coast team, I am playing with my old friend Keith Dowdall from Victoria BC, he was one of my first partners when we first played this game some 30 years ago. Our teammates are Paul Janicki from Markham ON and Leo Weniger from Halifax NS.
The 8 teams are Seigel (Joe Seigel, Lino D’Souza, Barry Onslow, John Arblaster, Don Domansky, Dave McLellan)
Jotcham (Ray Jotcham, Bob Kuz, Barry Senensky, Steve Mackay)
Fakih (Abdul Fakih, Hash Mohamed, Bob Toffan, Barry Pritchard)
Martineau (Charles Martineau, Andre Chartrand, Jacques Cloutier, Robert Morin, Serge Hamelin)
Smith (Duncan Smith, Peter Herold, Gerry McCully, James McAvoy, Ken Scholes)
Jones (Claire Jones, Jerry Mamer, Janice and Richard Anderson, Dennis Nelson, Charlie Lamb)
Flock (Doran Flock, Dave Smith, Michael Schoenborn, Fred Lerner)
Overheard at the bar, You hold ♠5 ♥J ♦986 ♣109876543. Partner open one spade, pass to you. What is your bid?
Ken Collins pass and went all pass, found himself lost a slam swing!
Partner’s hand : ♠AKJ42 ♥A9873 ♦A7 ♣A
Club broke 2-2 with the queen of spades onside.
Three out of the top four teams in the Open lost to-day. Maybe is better to be picked then to pick? Todd who was 4th was the only winner, had the restricted choice of Turner.
In the Open semi-final: Todd vs McMullin
Zambonini vs Gartaganis.
In the B final: Cossey (Glenn and Ciday Cossey, Nazir Ahmad, Laurie Shapka Thiel) VS Dufault (Jason Dufault, Bryant Town, Gary Karst, Ross Amour)
May 6th, 2014 ~ Mike Yuen ~ 2 Comments
This year’s Canadian Bridge Championships better known as Bridge Week is taking place in Calgary, AB. from the 3rd May to the 10th.
It is a action pack week, besides the Open Team Championships, there is the Senior Team Championships, Imp Pairs, Open Pairs and a Swiss Teams to be contested. There is also a Hall of Fame Ceremony on Tuesday evening and a Annual General meeting on Wednesday morning.
It is always fun to play against some of the best players in the country and see old friends.
Wild horses can’t keep me away!
For up to the minute results and information go to www.cbf.ca http://cbf.ca/BWeek/14files/
After a complete round robin, the Open Teams top 8 will play KO of 60 boards to-morrow.
Here are the match ups.
Ayers (Tim Ayers, Michael Roche, Karen Cumpstone, Jame Galand, John Duquette, Ron Bishop) VS Zambonini (Ron Zambonini, Jurek Czyzowicz, Darren Wolpert, Dan Korbel, Shan Huang, David Sabourin)
Carruthers (John Carruthers, Joey Silver, Marty Kirr, John Guoba) VS McMullin (Gray McMullin, Bryan Maksymetz, Samantha Nystrom, Tom Walsh, Rock Shi Yan)
Lawrence (Steve Lawrence, Michael Newcombe, Sandy McLlwain, Frank Ayer) VS Gartaganis (Judith Gartaganis, Nicholas Gartaganis, Jeffrey Smith, Paul Thurston, Gordon Campbell, Ilya Kuzkin)
Todd (Bob Todd, Neil Kimelman, Brad Bart, Doug Fisher, Dave McLellan, Don Domansky) Vs Turner (David Turner, Roy Hughes, Irving Litvack, Ian Findlay, Doug Baxter, Nader Hanna)
November 13th, 2013 ~ Mike Yuen ~ No Comments
Over the weekend at the Vancouver Fall Sectional our unit master point races were decided. The winner of the Phil Wood Trophy (by the player who won the most points at this year’s unit sectionals) was Brad Bart.
Brad won in style, when on Friday he and Michael Dimich won the Ev Hodge Charity Classic.
The winner of the Edie Bonnell Trophy (the woman who won the most master points at the four unit sectionals) was our defending champion Julie Smith.
- Michael and Julie Smith
The winners won free plays for next years’ four unit sectionals, congratulations!
In Poker a full house is a very good hand, consisting of three matching cards of one rank and two matching cards of another.
It is always fun to play with young Brad. Last week in our unit game was no exception.
Board 7. Dealer South. Both vulnerable.
Brad (East) held : ♠ QJ5 ♥ QJ84 ♦ J753 ♣ 102
This was the auction :
3NT – running clubs and a heart stopper.
4♦ – encouraging noise.
4♠ – kickback ace asking.
5♣ – 0/3. 5♦ – queen of trumps ask.
5♠ – yes and some help in spades (king in our agreement).
Brad liked his full house of QQQJJ and made the very good cue bid of 4♦ when I bid 4♣ to say I was interested in slam.
The lead was the ace of clubs. Brad ruffed the king of clubs continuation. Crossed to his hand with the queen of spades to take the successful heart finesse. Soon after made 12 tricks for +1430 and a top.
September 27th, 2013 ~ Mike Yuen ~ 6 Comments
The Canadian Senior Team would like to thank our supporters for their generosity. The Canadian Bridge Federation, Ron Zambonini, District 19, Unit 166, Unit 192, Unit 430 and all who took part in the fundraising in Vancouver.
We also like to thanks Eric Kokish and Beverly Kraft for their coaching support.
Personally I like to thank Robbie, David, Dan, Jurek, George and Boris for including me in these championships. It had been an honor.
September 23rd, 2013 ~ Mike Yuen ~ 2 Comments
Final day of the round robin and we still had an outside chance of making the KO if we get about 45 VPs from the three matches.
We play USA1 0.48-19.52 VPs. Next up Chinese Taipei 15-5 VPs then New Zealand 6.94-13.04 VPs.
Unfortunately it is all over for us, we missed the KO. Our team’s play was inconsistent, had our chances but didn’t capitalize on them, we were left wanting.
Nice bike ride around Nusa Dua.
To-morrow Transnational Teams starts. The boys will play as a team of six. I get to play with my friend Josef Harsanyi. It will be fun just to play some bridge for a change.
September 22nd, 2013 ~ Mike Yuen ~ 2 Comments
To-day we played Egypt 20-0 VPs Then Australia 11.5-8.5 VPs and last match Scotland 8-12 VPs.
There was much excitement with our appeal hearing, it was the match against South Africa.
RR 15. Board 2. Dealer East. N-S vulnerable.
The auction :
This was what happened at the table. David (North) Robert (South). they play 2/1 UDCA.
The contract was 4♠ DBL by West.
The lead was ♣ 10, ace, 3 and 2. ♠ 10, jack, queen and 7. ♠ ace, ♥ 7, 5, king.
Trick 4. West played the ♦ jack, David hesitated then play the ♦ 6 a count card, 2 and the king.
Trick 5. Robert played the ♦ 3, 9, David with the queen, 4.
Trick 6. David (under led from the ♥ ace,) the ♥ 4, declarer guessed to play the jack, lost to the queen.
Robert cashed out and defeated 4 ♠ DBL, 3 tricks for +500.
At the end of the hand, dummy called for the police. The director ruled down 2 because the BIT made it more likely that North would have the ♦ Queen. If Robert had cashed the ♦ ace first then declarer would most likely get the hearts right.
Robert said David had to have the ♦ queen and ♥ ace for the negative double, BIT or not. He also knew there would be a heart guess, decided not to show his hand by cashing out first before putting David in.
We appealed and the hearing was short, no more then a minute. The appeal committee ruled against us and kept the money.
To-morrow we have three more chances for glory. It will be exciting right down to the wire.
September 22nd, 2013 ~ Mike Yuen ~ No Comments
With a new day brings fresh hope. Had a nice chat with George at breakfast. I ate, he smoked and read his book.
With 9 matches to play, our mission is to move up a spot each match. That should move us in to top 8 by round 20.
We were on BBO against The Netherlands 8.5-11.5 VPs. Round 14 vs Brazil 20-0 VPs and Round 15 vs South Africa 18.7-1.3. Appeal pending. There a a director ruling against us that could turn 5 imps.
BB. RR11. Board 20 dealer West all vulnerable.
The Poles made short work of this deal.
Marcin Mazurkiewicz (South) asked Roman Key Card, Kreysztof Jassem (North) shown the Queen with long spades. East game this bridge.
RR14. Board 28. Dealer West. N-S vulnerable.
David (North) and Robert (South) had a great auction to 7♥.
Their auction :
5NT – extras.
Other table didn’t get there.
September 20th, 2013 ~ Mike Yuen ~ No Comments
It is Friday, morning came too early as we started play at 10!
We played Japan 2.28-17.72 VPs. On BBO against France 3.27-16.73. Last match played the host country Indonesia 2.8-17.2.
We took our eye off the ball and got killed. We know we need to pull up our socks from now on.
Went to Nyoman Beer Garden for dinnen, just as the name said the place looked like a beer garden. Great food and the team was in good sprite. Boris was in great form telling jokes. Gave me hope for the morrow.
This deal play by Duboin – Sementa was amazing. They got to the club slam on a 4-3 fit.
Round 11. Board 27. Dealer South none vulnerable.
The other table go to 3NT with over tricks.
September 19th, 2013 ~ Mike Yuen ~ 2 Comments
It is another beautiful day in Bali. With day break came good news, Boris was having his usual sunny side up eggs with fried onions.
We play Germany on BBO 9.7-10.3 VPs, then Poland 8.2-11.7 and India 6.5-14.5.
Time to step on the gas, the field is gaining.
Round 7. Jurek made an excellent play on board 5 to win 11 imps.
With 7 card ending, Jurek tabled the ♣ queen, when East covered it was all over. Made 11 tricks +450 11imps.
In the close room, declarer in 4♥ in the same position played the ♣ 2, that had no chance and went down one.