3rd Annual Caltech-UCLA Pro-Am
On Saturday, January 30th, 13 of the area's best
players visited Caltech for the third running of
the Caltech-UCLA Pro-Am. The game was as an
IMP individual with Pros playing in a different direction
than the Ams. Mike Shuster, an undergraduate
student at UCLA, won the event by two IMPs over Ed Davis,
who led the Pros. Mike is also a member of the United
States' 2nd Junior team and will compete in the World
Junior Championship in Copenhagen, Denmark, in August.
After the game, several of the pros stayed around for
a panel show and discussed the boards over pizza.
Thanks to Ed Davis, Alan LeBendig, Beverly Rosenberg,
Stelios Touchtides, Tom Oakley, Danny Kleinman,
Eddie Kantar, David Weiss, Gene Freed, Grant Baze,
Leni Holtz, Jan Cohen, and Syd Levey for graciously
donating their time and participating in this event.
Thanks, also, to Peter Knee who directed the game so
smoothly that no problems occurred at all.
The most interesting hand was board 18:
| J65 |
| Q109873 |
| 42 |
| AK |
Even though 3NT looks better than 4, especially on
a spade lead, only one pair managed to get there. That
South opened a 16-18 1NT. Everyone else felt
that the South hand was too strong for a 15-17 1NT and had auctions
similar to the one described above.
Most got the lead of the Q, won in hand with the
Ace. Some Easts signaled with the Ten, making the diamond
situation much clearer for partner. Declarer had several lines
available, most requiring a defensive error. The panel decided
that the best line was attempted by Stelios Touchtides, who
drew two rounds of trumps, cashed the high spades, and crossed
to the K in dummy. He played the J and pitched
his losing diamond from hand, hoping to endplay West if he had
been dealt 6-1-2-4 distribution. Not this time. Other declarers
cashed the other high diamond from dummy early and ruffed the
J. When West failed to unblock diamonds, he was thrown
in with a diamond to give a ruff and discard or to lead clubs.
This had the merit of working when the defense slipped.
I thought that diamonds were 4-2, and that neither of those lines
would work, so I drew two rounds of trump and exited with a
third. East played a spade and I won the King, trying to show West
the AK. When I continued with a low club from
hand, West assumed that I did not have the King, but might have
tenaces in either pointed suit (his partner failed to play the 10
at trick one.) He continued with three rounds of clubs, which I won in hand.
On the run of the trumps, East continued to fail to appreciate the value
of his diamond spots and discarded one, allowing me to criss-cross
squeeze his partner
in the pointed suits. The last trick was won by the 7 for a
Copyright © 1993 Jeff Goldsmith