M C & G Bridge Studio 1-Jan-2017
HAPPY NEW YEAR ***** January calendar attached
TIP OF THE WEEK: Count tricks when pre-empting. If you have the tricks, you don’t need the points. But even if you have the points, you still need the tricks. (from Eddie Kantar’s 554 IMPROVE YOUR PARTNER’S GAME TIPS).
KUDOS & CONGRATULATIONS:
Congratulations to Sheila
Cardone - FIRST in the Holiday Party Individual, 80 people
played and Sheila beat them all!! Congratulations to the Holiday
Championship pairs winners ~~ Jim
Mathers and Rosemary Sampson! KUDOS for everyone who brought
some delicious food to the party - Appetizers all afternoon, salads with ham,
chili, and soup followed by wonderful desserts - You are amazing.
WHAT IS HAPPENING THIS FIRST WEEK of
Week. Yes it is a week long Sectional
tournament. All games will be awarding SILVER
POINTS. I have attached a schedule of the events for the
week, don't miss out. Sign up early for the the team game. Lunch
included on Saturday, Brunch on Sunday for the PAIRS game.
WEDNESDAY EVENING GAME has moved BACK to 7:00. I will still make a light dinner which should be ready for about 6:30. We will strive to have you finished early, so come a play - this week is SILVER points.
BRIDGE IN A DAY - Saturday January
14th. 11:00 - 3:00. Tell your friends and family. The perfect
opportunity to test out BRIDGE - and it is FREE!
Want to improve and enjoy YOUR game more - check out the variety of lessons we are offering starting January 16th - there is something for everyone. Not sure which course fits you, contact Jill or me for more information - 902-443-4676 or 902-446-3910. Or go to this link LESSONS and read all about it. You can register online as well.
THIS WEEK'S BRIDGE QUIZ:
You are defending a hand and declarer plays the H-2 from hand toward dummy. Which card should you play? Why? How many tricks are you hoping declarer can only win in this suit?
H – Q 7 5
West (you) East (partner)
H – K 8 4 H – ? ? ? ?
H – 2
Answer to Last Week's Quiz:
North East South West
2H* pass 2S pass (*2H=transfer to spades)
3NT** pass 4S*** all pass (**3NT indicates only 5 spades and 10+ points)
(*** 4S= 3 card spade suit and preference of contracts)
S – A J 7 6 3
H – 8 7 3
D – A J 5
C – 6 4
S – K 10 4
H – K 5 2
D – K Q 10 7 2
C – A 3
You must win 10 tricks and can only lose 3 tricks. What is you plan?
have 1 spade loser, 1 club loser, and possibly 3 heart losers. If West
holds the H-A, and East gets on lead with the H-Q you are in big trouble.
The first thing to recognize is that you DO NOT want East to be on lead.
You have a two-way finesse in the spade suit you are missing 5 cards including
the Queen you can finesse toward the K/10 in your hand or the A/J in dummy.
To keep EAST off lead you must finesse to the K/10 in your hand – you do not
mind losing to West. If you win the first club with the Ace, there is a
chance that West might under lead their honour to get East to lead a heart –
to prevent this you should refuse to win the first club lead and wait for the
second club. The Play: win second club, go to S-A, play
toward the S-10. Win West’s return, eliminate the rest of opponent’s
trumps, play diamonds discarding dummy’s clubs and use the long trump in dummy
to ruff your hearts. You will only lose, 1 spade, 1
heart and 1 club.