M C & G Bridge Studio 19-Apr-2015
Tip of the Week:
bid of 5NT. Twice this week I saw an auction where one
player bid 4NT Blackwood (ace asking) and after the response they bid 5NT
the king ask. Both times they were missing one Ace after the 4NT ace
asking bid. So here is some insight When you bid 5NT
there is no way your partnership can escape below the 6 level. Therefore a
bid of 5NT must have interest in going beyond the 6 level, in
other words they are looking for a GRAND SLAM. Ergo a bid of 5NT
would clearly tell partner we have ALL the Aces (and with key-card, the trump
king and queen) - and are looking for kings because you want to be in the
GRAND SLAM. The moral of the story is do not ask for kings (by bidding
5NT) unless you are thinking playing at the 7 level!
Congratulations This week I would like to send congratulations to Michael Ritcey and sister Janet the C pair to come FIRST overall on Tuesday night. Tuesday evening continues to be one of the best games in Halifax lots of players and a diverse field havent tried it yet come on out a very friendly group of players and Victor our director does a great job.
as well to the Spring Up the Ranks 11 teams with victors being Linda
Walker, Marilyn Bernardo, John Nancekivell and Shirley McInnes.
everyone who came to the Grand Slam Adventurers Information night 33 people
and almost everyone signed up for our 2016 Caribbean Cruise - we are off
to a great start and our February Adventure is shaping up to be one of our
best Jo Ann & I have lots of fun planned for everyone!!
What is happening this week at the Bridge Studio
Monday at 7:00 (Lizs Pearl of Wisdom 6:45) This game is for
anyone who is new to the game or just wants a night out to play fun and relaxed
bridge NO clock, NO masterpoints (but chocolate for the winners).
Only 12 14 hands - start at 7:00 finished at 9:00 ask questions,
get a clue of what to do and meet some great people this game has grown to 9
or more tables on Monday night come and join us your first game is FREE.
ROOKIE/MASTER GAME Wednesday 1:00 (please note the time).
Everyone who has signed up will have a partner. But I could use about 3
more masters to play with some up and coming players. We are up to 16
tables and hope to come to 18 total tables.
charity Club Championship Games this week Tuesday at 7:00 regular $10.00
fee and the Bridge Studio will contribute $1.00 per player to our Alzheimer
at 7:00 A very interesting game and growing every week. Wednesday
is $6.00 per player so come and enjoy.
for the Guys!!!
Annual game for the BOYS only will be held on
May 2nd 12:30
Fun, Beer and just the Boys
a partner? Contact Peter -- Ineson@eastlink.ca
2nd annual Sectional Tournament ONLY for players with fewer than 300
year was a great success so mark your calendar Saturday May 2nd
and Sunday May 3rd
the Students of the Game:
Come and play in our Monday
a nice way to test your bridge, ask questions and get back into the game.
for Advancing Players join Jill Tuesday at 9:30
this week exploring No Trump Auctions Gerber or Quantitative bids
Conventions Wednesday at 1:00 will be postponed this week as we are ALL
playing in the Rookie/Master game NEXT week we will look at the finer points
of Stayman and begin understanding Jacoby Transfers want to drop in just
let me know!!
- Trish has a small and enthusiastic group on Tuesday
want to join in? Call the Studio 902-446-3910
This Weeks Bridge Quiz
your play. The contact is 6 Spades and the opening lead is the H-J.
After careful consideration, how do you plan to proceed.
A 8 3
J 8 2
A 9 7 4 3
K Q J 10 9 5
A 7 3
Solution to last weeks quiz:
is the declarer in a 3NT contract. What is your line of play with the
S A 8 3
H A 10 9 7 2
D A 3
C A K 6
S Q J 5
H 8 4
D Q J 10 7 2
C 8 3 2
do you intend to win your nine tricks remember to consider the order.
imagine your first thought was to duck the lead to your S Q; and then try to
establish your diamond suit -- but when you consider the order - you know you
need entries to the diamond suit. Let us imagine that your played low from
dummy at trick one - winning the queen in hand, now you play the diamond
Queen toward the ace, the opponents refuse to cover and you win the Queen, and
your D-A will win next, You play the spade Ace but the opponents will now win
the King no entries to your hand. By considering the order you will
WIN the spade lead with the Ace, then play Diamond Ace, and low Diamond to your
hand - playing Diamonds until the opponents take their King. When you win
the heart or club return you can lead toward the S-Q/J, One of them has to
win and presto, you are in the right hand at the right time.
you at the tables,
& Bill Halliday
A Tradition of Excellence
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