M C & G  Bridge Studio   4-Jan-2015

Tip of the Week:

Quick tricks - back in the day before point count (A = 4; K = 3; etc) there was “Quick Tricks”.  An Ace = 1 quick trick; K & Q (in the same suit) = 1 quick trick; A & K (same suit) = 2 quick tricks; K x ( x x ) = ½ quick trick. In those days an opening bid consisted of 2½ quick tricks.  As I reflect back these were helpful guidelines. 

For your partner to recognize you as a reliable bidder – simple overcalls and third seat openers should consist of some number of quick tricks.  My number is 2 – what is yours?

queen with wink colour.jpg   This week at the  Bridge Studio:

Sectional Tournament at Clubs

All Games – Sectionally Rated Silver  Points

January 5th – 11th, 2015

Supporting Units 194 & 230

All the games at  the Bridge Studio this week will be SILVER POINT games

The game fee for all STaC games will remain at $10.00 per person

(sanction fees are just $5.00 per table going directly to Unit 194)

SATURDAY TEAM GAME  -- The Team Game is on Saturday Jan. 10th, 2015

2 Sessions – beginning at 10:00 am (lunch included – build your own sandwich)

This game will have Two Flights – B/C/D = 0-1250. A/X = 1250+ ($20.00 pp)

 

Up coming Special Games:

 J  Saturday January 17th  - 12:30 NEW  99er TEAM GAME (limited to students & new players with fewer than 100 masterpoints).  Just 4 rounds of 5 boards a round.  $12.00 per player.  Lots of special snacks and prizes.  We will help you with partners and team mates – contact Kathie – kmacnab@eastlink.ca or Liz lizlegacy@hotmail.com 

 J  Saturday January 24th – New Year Up the Ranks – JUNIOR FUND GAME.  Partners? Teams? contact Jill – jmariem@eastink.ca

  Congratulations & Kudos – Thank you to all the instructors at the  Bridge Studio  - we have an incredible line-up of courses this  winter, and I want to thank all of you for your time and dedication in improving bridge in Halifax.  

Cards-with-hand-2.gif    For  the Students of the game:

All our lessons begin NEXT week – January 12th.  We have a great line up.  Please go to our website for more information and registration.

Remember – if you are interested in a course, you can simply come to the first class and then register at the end of the class.

www.bridgestudio.org

enter the site, click on “lesson information”  or scroll down for a brief description.

    This week’s Bridge Quiz:

You open the bidding with 1D holding:

S – A J 9

H – K 7

D – A Q J 6

C – K 10 7 4

Your LHO overcalls with 1S and your partner passes, and RHO passes.  Back to you!  What is your call?

      South(you)    West    North    East

          1D               1S       pass     pass

           ?

 

Solution to Last Week’s Quiz:

You hold the following hand:

S – A 10 5 4 3 2

H – K Q 8 7

D – A 2

C – 2

You open the bidding with 1S and partner responds 1NT.  What is your rebid?

 

Answer:

Bid 2H – even thought it is tempting to rebid the 6-card spade suit  - that will surely tell partner about your 6 spades and limit your hand to 12 – 14 HCP and it will likely end the auction.  Whereas if you rebid 2H – you might uncover a better fit, partner knows you could have up to 18 HCP and will likely take another bid (remember 2H is not forcing).  If  necessary you will have a chance to make a third bid and this would be spades to let partner have the full picture of your hand.  The important thing  to remember is that when holding 6 spades & 4 hearts – it is much more superior to rebid the hearts – unless of course the 4-card heart suit is very poor.

 

See you at the tables,

Kathie & Bill Halliday

 

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

 

MCG Bridge Studio

A Tradition of  Excellence

Mumford Professional Centre, Suite 160,  Halifax, NS

902-446-3910   www.bridgestudio.org

 

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