M C & G Bridge Studio 13-Apr-2014
Tip of the Week:
It is a good practice to keep the auction open when the opponents stop at a low level, but an important note to your partner is that a reopening bid in a suit should be considered an attempt to push them up one level. With a GOOD hand, you would have bid earlier!! (Eddie Kantar Treasure)
to everyone who made it all the way to Yarmouth for the “Lobster Classic”
– it was a classic. Chairman Yves entertained us all with a Saturday
evening individual. The ‘deuce prize’ added a whole to dynamic to the
game!! I met several new people and had a GREAT time. Maybe we will
have another “Beat the Manager” in the near future J
What is happening at the Bridge
Studio this Week:
games this week—
– 12:30 – Open Stratified
– 7:00 – and don’t forget this is a Stratified 2 for 1 game. Last week had
many ‘C’ pairs and we hope to see you all again J
7:00 – Limited to players with fewer than 750 masterpoints. Be there
early to get the “Golden Tip” to be ready for the Can-At.
For the Students of the Game:
to Duplicate or to learn the Game – Monday at 7:00. Bridge for the
Absolute Beginner & our forever fun “Just Play Bridge” game.
Bidding is underway - this week learn more about Pre-emptive bidding – “The
Fun Stuff” Monday 9:30 & Wednesday 7:00.
Conventions has also begun - The Stayman Convention – one of the original
conventions – and Trish makes it so easy.
some advice on Bridge Judgment - join Jill Tuesday 9:30 am - some judgment
calls on Opening the Bidding.
wine, and chatter. Enjoy a quiet game of bridge with help from Nancy, a
nice glass of wine and some cheese. All by DONATION – this is a Fund
Raiser for our Bridge Aces Walking Team. We are raising money for the Nova
Scotia Alzheimer’s Society Memory Walk. Donate, have fun and play some
bridge – Give your brain a workout.
This Week’s Bridge Quiz:
Opening lead is a low card in a suit in which you hold ‘Q
The dummy has the ace in the suit led and declarer plays it at trick one.
Which card is the proper card to play from your holding?
Solution to Last Week’s Quiz:
contract is 3NT by South. Plan your play?
S – 9 7 5
H – 10 7
D – A Q 4 2
C – Q J 8 5
S – A Q J 10
H – K J
D – K 9 7 3
C – K 10 4
once in a while you get a hand that looks impossible – but there is ONE
line of play (and lie of the cards) that might work. This is one of those
hands. You need 9 tricks and you know if you lose the lead the opponents
will take 4 heart tricks and the C-A to defeat the contract. What is your
line of play?
you cannot lose the lead you must win 9 tricks off the top. You NEED East
to hold the S-K, and diamonds to break 3-2. Not a bad shot – you can get
to dummy twice for sure with the D-A and D-Q to take a repeated spade finesse
– but what if you have to get to the dummy THREE times? Like a
good scout “Be Prepared”. The D-4 is bigger than your D-3 and it may
be the extra entry needed in the dummy. After winner the H-K, use your D-7
to get to the D-A and play a spade. The finesse works, now use the
D-9 to the D-Q and finesse again. Play our D-K and now the D-3 to the D-4
for the final finesses and you have NINE tricks!!
you at the tables,
& Bill Halliday
MCG Bridge Studio
Professional Centre, Suite 160