M C & G Bridge Studio 29-Nov-2015
here we are - December. Let us be the first to wish you all a Very Merry
Christmas and Holiday Season.
December calendar is attached. Please mark your calendar for all the
wonderful events and parties we have planned.
have LOTS of tickets left for the Friday event Fundraising Calcutta.
Please read the attachment from Gerry Callaghan explaining the event and please
either get a partner to come and play or put your name in the draw -- We want it
to be a fun experience for everyone and buy lots of dinners for the patrons at
TIP OF THE WEEK:
bridge is very transparent. So please remember that when explaining the
significance of a partner’s call – you should disclose all
special information conveyed to you through partnership
agreement or partnership experience.
You do not have to disclose inferences drawn from general bridge
knowledge and experience. Also if an opponent asks about specific carding;
you are required to state the specific information by a play
of a card which is relevant to partnership agreement. If the meaning
of a bid or play has not been discussed, “no agreement” or "undiscussed”
is the proper response. Also: “Standard” or the name of a convention
is NOT a proper answer.
KUDO'S & CONGRATULATIONS -- Congrats
to the FIRST place team at Saturday's STRATIFIED CNTC game - 1st overall - Art
Donahoe, Kristie Misener, Peter Rans & Hind Blick. 2nd overall went to
John Olsen, Carole Anne Patterson, Don Lutz & Marlene Dexter -- Well Done!!
Wednesday at the CNTC Master/Non-Master game winner were -- Tom Travis, Alan
Stern, Del Knox & Scott McDougall - another fine performance. KUDOS
to Gerry Callaghan - who has volunteered his time to do the auction at the
Calcutta this Friday night. To understand more of what a Calcutta
auction/fundraiser is please read the attachment.
THIS WEEK AT THE BRIDGE STUDIO:
into the Holiday Season - we have a Canadian Open Pairs - Club Qualifier game
this WEDNESDAY at 7:00 - these games are all RED points and TRIPLE the standard
Pro-Am Calcutta. Friday 4-Dec 6:00pm. We have tweeked the conditions
of contest and are really hoping to have many more players signed up by FRIDAY!!
may make your own partnership arrangements - BUT you must have a
Master/Non-Master partnership. The amount to go to
Soul's Harbour from the Calcutta Pool will be 20% of the intake. As well
the prizes for the winning pairs will be, in each direction -- THREE Free
Plays for 1st place, TWO Free Plays for 2nd place and ONE free player per person
for 3rd place in EACH direction. That will be a total of 24 FREE plays.
We will then be buying THREE dinners from every entry for the patrons at Soul's
plan your FIRST Christmas party to be one of giving fun and some bridge.
6:00 for cocktails, followed by the DRAW, then the Auction and finally a game of
bridge. What a better way to give back to the
community and have some fun while helping others.
THIS WEEK'S BRIDGE QUIZ:
and your partner have bid to 4S (no interference), the opening lead is the C-Q.
How do you want to proceed to win your 10 tricks?
S – J 6 5
H – 9 8 6
D – 9 5
C – 9 7 4 3 2
S – A K Q 10 7 2
H – A K 10
D – K 7 4
C – A
So it may appear easy – but ask yourself – what could go wrong??
SOLUTION TO LAST WEEK'S QUIZ:
it seems that trumps never break well and our plan A needs backup. Here is
one of my favourites from Audrey Grant’s 2/1 book to which you have to plan
In this deal South bids up to 6 spades. You receive the H-K lead. It appears that you have 12 tricks, but what if something were to go wrong – what are your preventative steps?
S – A 9 7
H – A J
D – 6 5 4
C – K Q J 8 6
S – K Q 10 8 6 3
H – 7 4 2
D – K Q
C – A 5
Answer – If you win the
H-A and play the S-A
(typical play) you will not make this contract, as it happens WEST holds all
four spades, which includes the S-J!.
How to prevent this tragedy is to follow the rule that when playing a suit
and you have TWO of the top honours in one hand and just ONE in the other –
Start with the hand with TWO. If you play the S-K first and notice the bad
trump break – it is easy to recover by playing LOW toward the A & 9.
How they got to a great slam on just 29HCP is another story – watch for the upcoming 2/1 workshop.
See you at the tables,
Kathie & Bill Halliday
The Bridge Studio
A TRADITION OF EXELLENCE