M C & G  Bridge Studio   15-Jun-2014



Tip of the Week:

Play Bridge like a Pro – even if you are not one!!  Getting ready for the Can-At.

#4  Bridge is a great game but it is a partnership game.  If your partnership is not in tune, you will likely not have good results.  Players who only want to play with someone better than them are missing out on the best part of the game, the partnership. Playing with someone you deem better than you and depending on them to make all the decisions will not necessarily get better results.  By the same token if you deem yourself better than your partner, you cannot make all the decisions, also not often for good results. Playing as equals means that you have developed a style together and most importantly, some good agreements (NOT conventions, but agreements).


If partner does not lead a card expected – you should be wondering “What good reason does partner have for that?”  NOT –“What kind of an idiot play was that – partner should have . . . “


The best partnerships are those where each person thinks the other one is just a little bit better than the other.  Mistakes and miscues can be discussed after the game – not during.

KUDOS of the week – Marcia Shaw has initiated the 6:30AM  game on Saturday (21st) morning for the Longest Day!!  We have 16 players signed up  for the game – including a couple of men - Ethan and Stephen – well done.  Yes, I will be there to let you all in and direct.  Thanks Marcia and all you brave morning souls!!  The Bridge Studio is proud to hold a real sunrise to sunset event in support of Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia.

Scallops & Peaches  - Passed on to me is the attached recipe – from someone near and dear to us all – enjoy it.

Lots of Special Games this week at the Bridge Studio:

TWO North American Pairs – Club Qualifying – ½ RED points – Monday (16th) 12:30 and Thursday (19th) 12:30

THREE Club Championship Games – Tuesday  (17th) at 7:00Wednesday (18th) 1:00; & Thursday (19th) at 7:00 – these games offer more than double the regular masterpoints and we have PRIZES for the winners in each Stratum!!  Regular game fees.

Canada Wide - Olympiad Fund Game – Wednesday at 7:00 – Triple club masterpoints and a chance to be in the Canadian overalls.  Analysis sheets – this game will be $7.00 per player.

The  Longest Day

Playing bridge from sunrise  to  sunset at The Bridge Studio

Saturday  June 21st

This is an ACBL wide fundraising event sponsored by  the ACBL.

Every Game is a Charity Club Championship rating and only 90 minutes long (12 boards)

Play as  few or as many as your day permits – Proceeds will be donated to the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia & the Canadian Alzheimer Society  -- all money raised in Canada will stay in Canada

We have prizes for winners, door prizes, 50/50 draw and more

We have a beautiful photograph donated by renowned Nova Scotia photographer Colin  Campbell – to earn ballots for the draw simply play in at least THREE games on Saturday, every game after the first three games will earn you another ballot!!

Game times are:  6:30 am; 8:00 am; 9:45 am; 11:30 am; 1:15 pm; 3:00 pm; 4:45 pm; 6:30 pm; & 8:15 pm

Each game is $5.00 with $4.00 for each entry being donated to the Alzheimer Society.

Lots of food on hand and other treats.

Read all about it in Tuesday’s Chronicle Herald – Halifax insert

For the Students of the game:

Let’s us talk about the Can-At and what is good for YOU.  Join a Round Table discussion on Saturday June 28th.  If you have any special questions please send them along to me so I can get the right answers.  Join us anytime between 12:30 – 3:00 and we will talk about which games will pay the most GOLD points, which conventions you should know and which ones are the most  useful.  Agreements with your partner.  And we will fill out a comprehensive Convention Card.  There is no specific fee for this workshop as some might stay for 3 hours and some on a short while.


This Week’s Bridge Quiz:

Your RHO opens the bidding with 2H.  What is your call holding:


S – K J 9 7 6 5 4

H – 8 3

D – Q J 8

C – 5


Solution to Last Week’s Quiz:

Your RHO opens the bidding with 3D.  What  is you call holding:

S – A Q J 7 3

H – A K J 10 3

D – 3

C – J 6



Most partnerships treat a cuebid, 4D in this situation as the Michaels convention (showing BOTH major suits) and since it is unwise to pre-empt an opponents pre-empt it would be a STRONG cuebid.  If that is NOT your partnership agreement, then you can simply overcall 3S, hoping to show hearts later.  Better Bridge Magazine Vol. 18, #5


See you at  the tables,

Kathie & Bill Halliday


MCG Bridge Studio

Mumford Professional Centre, Suite 160, Halifax, NS

902-446-3910    www.bridgestudio.org



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