M C & G  Bridge Studio   14-Aug-2016

TIP OF THE WEEK: 4-3-3-3 hands do not have a good "source of tricks".  My general rule is I will always open these with 13 HCP. I pass with 11 HCP or less.  With 12 HCP, I would open a 4-card minor and rebid NoTrump.  With a 4-card major, I can open 1C, but I'd like to have at least one honour and good intermediate cards (like S-K J 10. H-A 10 7 6. D- K 8 2. C - J 10 4).

ROTORY CLUB TOONIE DRAW. Get your toonie, put your number on it and hope you are drawn. This week the prize is over $850.00. REMEMBER that the toonies are now picked up on TUESDAY EVENINGS.

CONGRATULATIONS & KUDOS: Lew Landers and Steve Coates with a 79.17% game in the Monday evening FUN pairs also Sharon Grant and Linda Mills with a 73.33% in the Wednesday Afternoon 0-299er game.  KUDOs also to Michael Ross for attaining his Life Masters ( Cake on Tuesday night ) as well as Victor Lamoureux for participating in the 2016 World Youth Team Championships in Salsomaggiore Italy.   

Free Bridge in a Day Workshop: Find attached a poster for 8.5 x 15" legal size paper for the Free Bridge in a Day workshop on 27th of August.. It you know of a community bulletin board where you can post this workshop, please print or pick up a poster at the Bridge Studio. Lets get more players involved in our game.

THIS WEEK AT THE BRIDGE STUDIO:
August is the last month to qualify for the North American Pairs -- I have scheduled lots of them for August - Remember they also pay out 1/2 RED points. There will be $1.00 extra charge for these special games. Stratified C=0-500 NLM; B = 0-2500; A = Open - 1/2 Red, 1/2 Black

NAP Club Qualifying games: Tuesday 12:30  $ 11.00  and Wednesday 7:00  $ 7.00
Thursday 7:00 is a 0-1000 Charity Club Championship game $ 10.00
Saturday 12:30 Up The Ranks Swiss Team Game $ 12.00

FOR THE STUDENTS OF THE GAME:
Monday at 6:45 - Liz's pearl of wisdom, then play in our relaxed (and fun) 7:00 game. You could win CHOCOLATE!!
Thursday at 9:30 - Join Jill for a fun morning, very relaxed play with a Bridge Tip to start
Friday at 9:30 -- take a step up - come out and play in our 99er game. Win your first Masterpoints in this quiet, well run game!! Just $8.00

MARK YOUR CALENDAR:

Saturday 27th 10:30 -- FREE Bridge in a Day Work Clinic. Please tell anyone you know who might be interested in trying this great game of ours.
Sunday 28th 12:30 -- Open Team game with a pot luck barbeque at 5 Wren Street afterwards $ 12.00

THIS WEEK'S BRIDGE QUIZ:
Your RHO opens the bidding with 1D. And you hold:
        S: 4
        H: A K 7 6
        D: K J 7 6
        C: Q J 8 7

What is your call with above hand?

LAST WEEK'S BRIDGE QUIZ:

You bid 4 Hearts after partner raises your 1 Heart opening bid to 2 Hearts. The opponents were silent during the auction.
West leads the Spade Jack. How do you plan your play with the following hands?

North (dummy)
S – A 5 3
H – 8 5 2
D – Q 10 8 5
C – Q 8 4

West’s Opening Lead: S - J

South (you)
S – K 7 2
H – A Q J 10 6 4
D – A 4
C – A J

ANSWER TO LAST WEEK'S BRIDGE QUIZ:

You see you have a potential loser in all 4 suits. You can potentially avoid a Heart loser and Club loser if you can get to dummy to do finesse.  However you have only 1 sure dummy entry (Spade Ace).  To guarantee only 3 losers is to win the Spade King in hand and play Ace and Jack of Clubs.  This will establish the Club Queen as a winner (which you can get to with the Spade Ace) on which you can discard a Spade or Diamond loser.  After doing so you can try for an up trick by finessing East for the Heart Queen.

See you at the tables,
Kathie & Bill Halliday
The Bridge Studio
A TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE
www.bridgestudio.org
kmacnab@eastlink.ca
902-446-3910

 

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