M C & G  Bridge Studio   2-Oct-2016

TIP OF THE WEEK: It is nice the ACBL threw some new “acceptable” allowances to opening 1NT, but for the safety of the partnership, you might not want to go there unless it appears to be the ONLY option.  1 NT opening bids should be 15 – 17 HCP.  BUT if you have 17 HCP and a 5-card major suit, you should treat it like 18 playing points, open 1 of your Major and jump to 2NT.

KUDOS & CONGRATULATIONS - SATURDAY TEAM GAME - 12 teams came out for some gold dust, there were 4 A teams, 3 B teams and 5 Cs.  And the winners were --- Ann Dicks, Cel Dicks, June Taylor and Carolyn Courteen - 4 wins (and a C team) a hearty congratulations. This C team took down TWO of the A teams!!

THIS WEEK AT THE BRIDGE STUDIO:
October is Club Appreciation Month. The ACBL appreciates their clubs, and WE appreciate you.  We have Special games with TRIPLE points and PRIZES for the winners, all for $10.00.  We also have some Canadian Open Pairs club level games, these are also TRIPLE points and half are RED!!
(All games this week are $10.00)    This week's specials are:

Tuesday at 7:00 - Club Appreciation
Friday at 12:30 - Club Appreciation
Wednesday at 6:30 -- Canadian Open Pairs. Don't bother to cook, we have dinner - beans  & weiners.

FOR THE STUDENTS OF THE GAME:
 *** 2/1 Workshop - Saturday October 8th from 11:00 - 2:00.  I promised to do it in October and this is the only day available.  Please let me know if you are interested.   kmacnab@eastlink.ca   The cost is $25.00 which includes the A.Grant/E.Rodwell text book.
 *** AUDREY GRANT in HALIFAX.  Sunday November 6th and Monday November 7th.  Please note that the ABSOLUTE BEGINNER class is on Monday November 7th at 9:30.  The "Entries" multi-level workshop is on SUNDAY NOVEMBER 6th at 1:00 (until 4:00).  Please see the attached flyer for details.  You can register through the Bridge Studio or with the Canadian Bridge Federation

THIS WEEK'S BRIDGE QUIZ:
Your Right Hand Opponent opens the bidding with 1C.
What is your call holding the following:

        S – 3
        H – A K J 9 7 6
        D – A J 4
        C – K J 10

What is your call?

Answer to last week's quiz:   You hold:

        S – K Q 9 8 7
        H – 7
        D – A K J 7
        C – J 10 2
The auction:
   Partner        You
       1C             1S
       3S               ?
What is your call?

Solution:  Partner promises 16+ playing points and you have 1 a beefy 14 HCP, plus a short heart suit.  But DO NOT bid Blackwood (ace asking).  Start with a cuebid of 4D.  With 3 quick losers in hearts, an unbid suit, there is danger in the slam.  Partner may now cuebid hearts (showing the Ace) and now you can use Blackwood.

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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