35th Asean Bridge Club Championships in Makati

Our whole bridge community is agog with this coming event. The Press Release from our Philippine Tournament Bridge Association gives us the details:

Welcome to the 35th ASEAN Bridge Club Championships (ABCC). The ABCC is an annual tournament, jointly organized by the NBO’s of the five bridge-playing countries in the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN): Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. Since the very first such tournament in 1979, the ABCC has been hosted every year by one of these five countries on a rotating basis.

Entries are accepted on a club basis, and not on a national basis. Bona fide players from all bridge clubs in the ASEAN are welcome, regardless of their country of origin. Teams that cut across national boundaries are welcome, and in fact, even encouraged. While ABCC was primarily envisioned as a tournament for bridge players from the ASEAN countries, bridge players from other countries are also welcome to join and participate.

The ABCC comes back to the Philippines, which last hosted the event in 2007. The Philippine Tournament Bridge Association (PTBA) is the NBO for the Philippines, and has hosted ABCC five times in the past (1980, 1988, 1995, 2001 and 2007). This year, the tournament will be held in Makati City, which is the business and commercial center of the Philippines.


This is the interesting account from Phillip Alder of the International New York Times:

Germans Win d’Orsi Senior Trophy. At the world championships in Bali, Indonesia, which ended in Sunday, the 96-board d’Orsi Senior Trophy final was between Germany (Michael Elinescu, Entscho Wladow, Ulrich Kratz, Bernhard Strater, Reiner Marsal and Ulrich Wenning) and USA-2 (Carolyn Lynch, Mike Passell, Roger Bates, Garey Hayden, Marc Jacobus and Eddie Wold). The Americans lost a heartbreaking match by 11 international match points, primarily because they conceded 24 IMPS on the four slam deals in the final 16-board session.

However, Passell generated a swing with a well-timed bid in the diagrammed deal, Board 92:






West East

♠Q ♠10743

♥J1087 ♥K9653

♦AJ1054 ♦3

♣K65 ♣A87






East and West were vulnerable. The bidding:

West North East South 1♣ PASS 1♠

DBL 2♦ 4♥ PASS



West led the heart jack.

At the first table, Bates (North) opened one diamond because once club would have promised at least 16 high-card points. (The whole team used Precision Club.) Hayden (South) responded one spade; North rebid two clubs; South gave preference to two diamonds; and all passed.

With the bad breaks, this contract had to go down one.

In the given auction, after Strater (North) opened one club and Kratz (South) responded one spade, Wold (West) intervened with a takeout double. When North rebid two clubs, Passell (East) jumped to four hearts. He knew that the game might not make, but he was joping that the prevailing vulnerability, the Gernan would sacrifice.

And that is exactly what happened. North continued with four spades, which East happily doubled.

West led the heart jack South took the trick with dummy’s bare ace and called for the club queen. East rose with his ace and shifted to his singleton diamond. West won with his ace and returned the diamond four, a suit-preference signal for clubs. East ruffed and returned a club. West won and gave his partner a second ruff for down two.

Minus 50 and plus 300 gave 6 IMPS to USA-2.

Note that most American pairs use support doubles and redoubles at the two-level. Then North would have redoubled on the second round to show three-card spade support and could have left further moves to his partner. Four hears could have been defeated as long as South’s opening lead was any low card, not the spade ace.

Passell was the iron man for USA-2. Each of the three knockout matches was supposed to be over six segments of 16 boards. In the quareterfinal, though, Scotland gave up with one set to be played. Of the 17 sessions, Passell played 15.

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