C & G Bridge Studio 22-Jun-2014
Tip of the Week:
Play Bridge like a Pro – even if you are not one!! Getting ready for the Can-At
#5 – CONVENTIONS. Novice players think that knowing lots of “Conventions” is the key to good bridge. . . one of bridge’s biggest myths. Having good agreements, learning good declarer play technique and learning how to solve defensive problems makes good bridge NOT by having lots of Conventions. As a matter of fact there are more hands lost by misused conventions than for any other reason. Most ‘Conventions’ were implemented from expert players that had a problem with a bidding situation and they created a ‘Convention’ to solve that problem. The ‘Conventions’ get published and everyone jumps on the bandwagon with an “I have to play that” and the majority of the players that adopt a ‘Convention’ really do not know the FULL purpose let along meaning of the ‘convention’. As well, it is important to know that to add a convention to your repertoire will eliminate some other treatment. Even adding Stayman means you cannot ever play a contract in 2 Clubs, when 2 clubs may be the only makeable contract. You might miss a 4-4 major suit fit, but then you might well have made 3NT anyway, if you did not know Stayman, could you play with out it? If you really want to add a ‘Convention’ be sure to learn all about it and most of all know WHY you are playing it.
This weeks KUDOS – Everyone that
participated in our LONGEST
did it CONGRATULATIONS!!
will be donated to The Alzheimer Society!! Between the games, the lessons,
the lucky draw and a couple of generous donations we have made our
goal!! Thank you everyone for making the day a real success. As
a note between Nancy our A-Team Captain for the Walk for Memories and your
efforts on Saturday the Bridge
has been able to contribute OVER $8,600.00 to Alzheimer’s for research and
assistance to caregivers!! It makes me so proud to
know that we can do so much for our community – THANK YOU!!
83 ½ tables for the Day!! WOW
of $88.00 from the 50/50 Draw – Linda Chambers – (I guess you will have to
come an play to collect J)
After I finished up last night’s Bridge Studio email, I realized I forgot a few bits of very important information:
– The WONDERFUL photograph by Colin Campbell, donated by Evelyn Campbell
was won be – Gerardo Malazdrewicz – Congratulations, Trisha will
- So many thank yous to send out –
Fraser for going all out with the morning dress up and the lovely
The 20 wonderful people that arrived (and many in their PJs)
at 6:30 for the kick-off game!!
Sheena Mackenzie – the Cheesecake was FABULOUS – I was not to have any, but
so glad I did. All that that played in some of the later games got
to enjoy that.
Again – Sheena Mackenzie – for all the photographs and putting something
together for us to enjoy, and send along to the CBF
Terry Shaw – who worked so hard during the morning games to clean up and help
Gerardo Malazdrewicz and Jill Tobin who stayed after the final game to
help with some cleanup
Hazel Harlow to came in with me Sunday for 2 ½ hours to do the final cleanup
To the many others that helped with food contributions, and the endless amount
event would not have been such a success if it were not for all of you
were even “tweeted” -- https://twitter.com/AnjuliCBC/status/480364843484995584/photo/1
How cool is that J
– by popular request is Nancy’s
Fabulous Breakfast and
a few pics – more to follow J
Day Players Summaries and Game Results are NOW posted on the Bridge Studio web
page (YES, Tech support is BACK!)
- click on results J
Now to follow that act – what is up
at the Bridge
With the Can-At just around the corner - I am sure everyone wants to practice up. I hear there will be some competition from outside the province – so get in some practice at these Special Games this week!!
North American Pairs Club Qualifying Games – Tuesday (24th) 7:00
and Wednesday (25th) 7:00 (this game will be another 2 for
1 Special $10.00 per pair). These games are TRIPLE masterpoints and ½
black / ½ red. (– PLEASE NOTE -- if you are worried about earning too
many masterpoints DON’T – whatever is on your record as of JUNE 6th,
2014 PLUS any Sectional or STaC masterpoints received in June. Check your
current standing by going to: https://web3.acbl.org/myacbl/)
Club Championship Games – Tuesday (24th) 12:30 and Wednesday (25th)
9:30 am -- The Bridge Studio has club championship PRIZES for
winners in each Stratum!!
(26th) 7:00 – Inter-Club Championship Game. 0-750, special
ACBL hands. ACBL wide winners – BONUS points, no extra charge
the Students of the Game:
June 28th – Convention Card Conference – a round table discussion
about the Can-At… What games to play, how to win gold points,
explanation of some conventions, just to make you aware. Plus I will help
you fill out a comprehensive Convention Card. Bring your questions and I
hope to have the answers. I will be there from 12:30 – 3:00; come for as
long as you like and pay what you think it is worth.
This Week’s Bridge Quiz:
Let’s try some defense
this week!! A little “Thinking bridge 101”
East (RHO) opened 1H, you
pass, and West (LHO) bids 1S, pass by partner, and East leaps to 4S.
Your partner is on lead
and starts with the D-K. Time for you to think – this is a
powerful dummy. Do you think you can defeat it – if so HOW!!
– K Q 10 7
H – A K J 10 6
D – 10 7
C – A Q
S - A 2
H – 7
D – A 9 5 3 2
C – J 8 6 3 2
Plan your Defense?
What are you playing at trick #1, and trick #2? What about Trick #3 and
trick #4. Thinking this far ahead is a real asset.
Solution to Last Week’s Quiz:
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
– the guideline is that you don’t preempt over an opponent’s preemptive
opening. Pass, and hope to be able to show your spades later.
you at the tables, and thanks again for a GREAT Day yesterday!!
& Bill Halliday
MCG Bridge Studio
Mumford Professional Centre, Suite 160