M C & G  Bridge Studio   30-Nov-2014

Tip of the Week:

Discarding can be tough, but partners must work together.  If there are two suits to be protected, then you must divide the duties – when you let go of one suit, partner should save that one and when partner discards a suit, it is your duty to guard the other one.

8 is Enough CNTC (Team) game

Calling all players for this Special Team Game

RED Points

Each team must add up to EIGHT Points

As a player with over 2500 masterpoints  -- you are a “3”

As a player with 1000 - 2500 masterpoints – you are a “2”

As a player with 0 – 1000 masterpoints – you are a “1”

Find a team that adds up to 8 (or less) for this special RED point event.   Eight is Enough!!

This is our first SPECIAL Christmas Fun-Time team event.  We have RED points,  prizes, and lots of food and drink to enjoy.

The game is Sunday December 7th – beginning at 12:30 pm.  4 rounds, 7 boards – and the masterpoints are worth it!!

Need Help finding a team  - contact me- kmacnab@eastlink.ca

  Kudos & Congratulations – Kudos to the team of Brian Ferguson, Michael Ross, Daniel 

Labrie & David Piper – diving into today’s OPEN Stratified Team game – THREE ‘A’ teams,

 TWO ‘B’ teams and this only ‘C’ team – Winning Flight ‘C’ with a victory over ONE ‘A’ team and ONE ‘B’ team  - Well done!!  Congratulations to our newest Life  Master – Jim McDonald (we have had the cake J)

queen with wink colour.jpg    What is happening this week at the Bridge Studio:

The Holiday Season is here – we have lots of Christmas Presents for you –here is what is up THIS week:

(December Calendar Attached)

 J  Holiday Shopping Club Championship Game – Tuesday (2nd) 7:00 – relax, play bridge, wrap later this week – Prizes for Energy and extra masterpoints!

 J  Canadian Open Pairs  - Wednesday – 3rd @ 7:00 - Club Qualifying round – same $6.00 – but LOTS of extra masterpoints (TRIPLE & RED) and a great field of players (wine & beer available J)

 J  Take-a-break-from-wrapping Club Championship – it is Thursday 12:30 (4th), you have some time.  Come and play in this Club Championship game.  Extra Points, Extra Fun – and some prizes!!

 J  Thursday evening – 7:00 – This game is open to all players under 750 masterpoints.  Fun for all, remember that we only have 1 or 2 players that really have more than 300 masterpoints – the rest of the field are our regular I/N players.  Come early for the bridge TIP – 6:40 Kathie will have some information, quizzes and solutions to the “Reverse”. 


Saturday December 13th   --  12:30

Our FIRST Christmas party – 0-1000 Up the Ranks, Saturday December 13th -- $12.00 per players – CNTC flight C qualifier (TRIPLE RED points) Jill will have a ton of food, and prizes and lots of fun and entertainment.  – need a team? Partner? Contact Jill – jmariem@eastlink.ca

    For the students of the game:

Beginner Practice Session – Wednesday December 3rd – 1:00 pm  Kathie will be holding a practice session, reviewing the Basics of Bidding.  $10.00 per participant.  A learning game, lots of play, minimal instruction.

The LAST class of the “Great Defenders”  - this class is all about how NOT to help the Declarer make their contract.  The context of this class is based on what we see at the table – what YOU do as a defender to actually help the declarer succeed in making their contract.  Drop ins welcome  - Monday at 9:30 and Thursday at 7:00   $12.00

   This weeks Bridge Quiz:

From the Audrey Grant Daily  Bridge Column – Quiz #101.  See her wonderful site – www.betterbridge.com

What is your opening bid holding the following hand:

S – A J 10

H – K Q 10

D – K 10 9

C – J 10 9 3


Solution to  Last  Week’s Quiz:

From the Audrey Grant Daily  Bridge Column – Quiz #101.  See her wonderful site – www.betterbridge.com

What is your opening bid holding the following hand:


S – K 10

H  - A Q 3

D – Q J

C – K 8 6 5 4 3



It looks like you should open 1C – but it causes an inconvenient re-bid.  To make a Jump Rebid to 3C you would like your clubs to be of  better quality (like A K J 9 7 6) a source of tricks.  And to simply rebid 2C is a bit of  an under-bid.  So I like opening 1NT here, if you are uncomfortable with opening 1NT holding a 6-card club  suit, slip that C2 in with your spades and the hand if  a perfectly textbook balanced hand.

From Audrey Grant’s Better Bridge Daily Bridge Column  - Quiz # 101 hand #9


See you at the tables,

Kathie & Bill Halliday


Questions?  Comments? – contact me – kmacnab@eastlink.ca


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