M C & G Bridge Studio 20-Apr-2014
Tip of the Week:
OPENING lead the lead of an Ace promises the King. With a doubleton Ace
& King, lead the King – when it wins the trick, partner will be on alert.
Continuing with the Ace confirms the doubleton, partner should give a “suit
preference” signal. Now you have prepared for a good defense.
For NEW PLAYERS/OLD STUDENTS or THOSE THAT WANT A SIMPLE QUIET GAME OF BRIDGE, with a little help from their friends:
7:00 – Just Play Bridge
– 6:45 for Liz’s Pearl of Wisdom. NO Masterpoints (prizes
for the winners).
7:00 – Bridge
with our Skipper Nancy, Captain of the Bridge Studio Aces walking team for the
NS Alzheimer Society!! This evening is a very relaxed game where you can
asked questions, change your play and pick up a tip or two. Fee is by DONATION
for our Walking Team, and there is wine and cheese to enjoy!!
Games this week at the Bridge Studio:
Club Championship –
April 22nd 7:00
Pairs) – Join this popular, large field game. One of the best in HRM.
Club Championship –
23rd – 7:00.
Charity CC have about twice the masterpoint awards.
sign up sheets at the Studio
Helen Shields Rookie/Master game. April 28th.
This game is sponsored by the Canadian Bridge Federation, and the proceeds
support the CBF.
Open and Stratified (there is also a Sectional Tournament in Summerside this
weekend, and I have heard that most of our ‘expert’ players will be in PEI
Just for the Guys – men only Bridge Game
-- Saturday May
12:30 Special Charity Club Championship
Saturday April 26th
& Sunday April 27th -- the FIRST ever 299er tournament in
Moncton, NB. Saturday is two single session pair games and a 2-session
team game on Sunday. This is a SILVER point event open ONLY to players
with fewer than 300 Masterpoints. Please see attached!!
Students of the game:
Competitive Bidding – Monday 9:30 am & Wednesday 6:30 PM. The Overcall – Nancy will be starting this section on how to compete effectively.
Conventions - Wednesday 1:00 – Trish will have practice hands and
review on Stayman and Transfers. Drop-ins welcome.
Basics – NO Class this Monday night!!
Calls – Using some “card sense” to decide whether or not to open the
bidding - Tuesday 9:30 with Jill.
This Week’s Bridge Quiz:
This week we have some fun facts of the cards. How about these odds?
Picking up a hand with no card higher than a nine?
No player holding a singleton or a void on a given deal?
Everyone being dealt thirteen cards in the same suit?
Being dealt the same hand twice?
1 in 4 (b) 1 in 1,1827 (c) 1 in
635,013,559,600 (d) 1 in 2,235,197,406,895,366,368,301,559,989
Solution to last Week’s Quiz:
Opening lead is a low card in a suit in which you hold ‘Q J 10’. 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?
The fact that you can afford to play this card indicates that you have the cards
in sequence directly below it. The principle is exactly the same as
leading the top of a sequence on opening lead. By playing the queen, partner
knows you have the Jack (or a singleton), and may play a
card to have YOU on lead!! Therefore with Q x - do NOT play the
Queen to show the doubleton.
you at the tables,
& Bill Halliday
MCG Bridge Studio
Professional Centre, Suite 160, Halifax,