M C & G  Bridge Studio   10-Jan-2016

TIP OF THE WEEK:   One of the best ways to become a better bidder and most definitely a better defender is to learn how to be a good declarer.  Understanding how to develop tricks is something all players should strive for.  Good declarers make good defenders - they understand the cards.

KUDOS & CONGRATULATIONS: Kudos to everyone who participated in the Unit STaC.  We had many winners and congratulations to you all. But can you believe this -- Jill McCormick and Gerardo Malazdrewicz had a 69.77 % game on Wednesday evening - coming second to a 72.83%er.  Then on Friday Jill McCormick and Marcia Shaw had a 72.02% game coming second to a 72.62%er!! Hardly fair!
Congratulations to our 2-session Team Game winners: Steve Anderson, Brian Arsenault, Jim Mathers & Jill McCormick!

WHAT IS HAPPENING AT THE BRIDGE STUDIO THIS WEEK:  We have a couple more STaC games.  These STaC games are District 1 STaC and $1.00 from each player will go back to Unit 194.  STaC games are:

Tuesday aftternoon (0-500 only) 12:30
Wednesday at 7:00 OPEN
Thursday at 7:00 (0-750 only)  Come early on Thursday evening and bring your Convention Card as I take you through the filling of ​NOTRUMP OPENING BIDS​.
Friday at 12:30 OPEN
Sunday at 12:30 0-1000 Up the Ranks TEAM GAME.  Remember all STaC games are 100% SILVER points. 
​JUNIOR FUND GAME - ​Monday 12:30 -- $1.00 extra per player to support our Canadian Junior Players

Mondays at 9:30 am join Carol Hamilton for 8 weeks of adventures in COMPETITIVE BIDDING. This course teaches you how to interfere effectively.  It is not too late to sign up - or Just come on Monday, Carol will be happy to see you.
THINKING BRIDGE from Eddie Kantar - I will be doing 5 weekly clinics starting on Thursday 14th at 9:30am on how to THINK at the  table.  For any  advancing beginner, intermediate and advanced player. Thursday at 9:30 am - this week's clinic "Discarding".  Knowing what to keep, what to discard and what to tell partner makes defense much easier.
NEXT week (Jan. 18th - 21st) we begin our 10 week Beginner courses (Monday 7:00pm & Tuesday 9:30am).  Don't forget to invite your friends (& relatives) to a FREE Bridge in a Day workshop.  This 4 hour workshop on Saturday 16th gives an overview of our wonderful game.  If you know someone who has always wondered if bridge was the game for them, encourage them to come along; they will be glad they did.
PLAY OF THE HAND - Monday the 18th at 9:30am Doug Hamilton starts his 6 week course from the Barbara Seagram "How to Play a Bridge Hand" text.
DOUBLES - Tuesday the 19th at 9:30am - Join Jill McCormick for this 6 week couse which explores the versitile DOUBLE bids that can pop up in so many places - you just have to know how to take advantage.

Your RHO opens the bidding with 1D, what call would you make with the following hand:
        S K Q 9 7 3
        H 5
        D 3
        C A Q J 9 7 5

Solution to Last Week's Quiz:    Your RHO opens the bidding with 1-H and you make a Take-out Double.  Your LHO passes and partner bids 1S.  NOW your RHO rebids 2-H!  What is your call?
Here is your hand:
        S K 10 9 3
        H 4
        D K Q 8 2
        C K 9 6 2

PASS!!!  You have described this 11 HCP hand (with the singleton 14 playing points).  Partner was FORCED to bid originally and may have ZERO points. Let partner decide on any future action!! If you bid MORE you must hold MORE, you have already discribe this hand.  Leave this decision to partner!

See you at the tables,
Kathie & Bill Halliday
The Bridge Studio


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