M C & G  Bridge Studio   7-Sep-2014



Tip of the Week:

The Reverse Bid (by opener) – this is a NON Jump bid which will force responder to choose one of your suits and IF responder must choose your first bid suit at the THREE level – you have made a reverse bid.  Hence, you must have the playing strength of at least 17 HCP.  By playing strength I am suggesting that with highly distributional hands - 6/5 etc – you can have less HCP if your Honour cards are in your bid suits.  FYI- Reverse bids are made with NON-balanced hands and the first bid suit is always longer than the second bid suit.  IF you have two suits of the same length – bid the higher ranking, then bid the lower ranking, even with 17 HCP – you should Jump Shift with 18 or more HCP (see last week’s tip).

  Kudos of the Weekfirst Kudos goes to Ann and Cel Dicks - attending their FIRST sectional tournament!  Moncton NB was a great venue and the bridge was wonderful – Ann & Cel placed in pairs events and had a great time - even playing against some very highly ranked players – well done.  More Kudos to one of my favourite players Evelyn Campbell – what a trooper!! Evie had her headlamp on to make sure she could see her cards and play all day Friday and Saturday – you gotta love this game J

This week at  the Bridge Studio – come and play and earn TRIPLE masterpoints all week long – September is International Fund Month and all this week we have International Fund games. NO extra charge to the players but the Bridge Studio will be giving $1.00 from each player to the CBF International Fund (that fund is for any players representing Canada in World competition).  And YOU get the benefit of TRIPLE Masterpoints!!  So come and enjoy – no extra charge to you!!  ALL week at the Bridge Studio!!

SILVER  POINTS – Wednesday September 10th at 7:00 we will be holding a ‘special’ game from another Unit and awarding SILVER points!!  And of course these are Sectionally rated points –TRIPLE our regular points.  All of this for just $6.00 per player – 2for1 plus $1.00

For the Students of the Game:

Come to the Open House at the Bridge Studio on Saturday September 13th – bring a friend for an introduction to bridge -  we have an hour game of whist and information on our up coming beginner courses.  Curious as to see where you rank in your play and defense? – We have ONE hour of  “Test Your Play” – some hands from each of our up coming classes - check it out and see if you are ready to take a step into one of our advanced beginner or intermediate classes - or just come and see if you can Ace the Test!!  Want to show off your duplicate skills to your friends and family – join the FREE duplicate game at 1:45 pm.  This is our Open House  - all games and lessons are complimentary – don’t forget to enter the draw to win a Complementary Play Pass  --  See attached information.

TWO workshops this fall - Audrey Grant “Five Steps to Simplify the Endplay” – Monday September 29th – only 8 seats left and

Gary Brown  - Counting Bootcamp – Saturday October 11th – 9:30 – 4:00.    Signup at the Bridge Studio.

This Week’s Bridge Quiz:

Your partner opens  the bidding with 1NT.

What is your call holding:

S – K 10 4

H – 3

D – K Q J 9 6 5 3

C – A Q


Solution to  Last Week’s Quiz:

Your partner opens the bidding with 2NT.

What is your call holding:

S – J 4

H – Q 7 3

D – K 10 7 4

C – A Q 8 4



Bid 4NT – this is an invitation for partner to bid slam.  You have 12 HCP and partner has either 20 or 21.  Slam is extremely likely and partner will accept the invitation on almost any hand except 20HCP and 4-3-3-3 distribution.  4NT here is 1 level above game and a slam invitation – not Ace asking.


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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