M C & G  Bridge Studio   29-Jan-2017

TIP OF THE WEEK: If you are playing a range of 15-17 NoTrump openings be extremely wary of raising 1NT to 2NT with 8 HCP and a FLAT (4-3-3-3).  Even with a 4-card suit Major suit don't be tempted to bit Stayman.  You have no ruffing value in your hand, just stay in ONE NoTrump.

KUDOS & CONGRATULATIONS: Congratulations to our two newest 70% pairs.  Jill McCormick & Jim Mathers with 71.13 last Friday with the Double Bills (Bill Halliday & Bill Cruden) on Thursday with 71.13% as well.  The last two Monday nights Steve Coates and Lew Landers pulled in 70.74% and a 77.98% - congratulations to everyone.
****The date for the CPR training will be Sunday February 19th from noon until 4:00.  Not sure if I can accommodate everyone, but let me know if you are interested in attending.  I will have the list out next week.

WHAT IS HAPPENING THIS WEEK AT THE BRIDGE STUDIO:  FEBRUARY CALENDAR ATTACHED.    SATURDAY is the first ACBL wide International Fund game for 2017.  Game time 12:30.  Come early I will have lunch for you - Bill is checking out his recipes now to decide what to make!

Tuesday at 7:00 is the LAST Junior Fund game - $1.00 extra to support our Junior players.
Wednesday Feb. 1st - mid winter Charity Club Championship game - GAME TIME is 7:00, but come early for your dinner - this week - TACOS!! There is beer and wine available as well.
Thursday at 6:30 - Ground hog day Club Championship game
Saturday 12:30 - ACBL wide International Fund game.

BRIDGE & CHOCOLATE - Ladies only!! It is time for our 18th Bridge & Chocolate Game.  Saturday February 11th.  Game time 12:30.  We will be cutting off the entries at 20 teams, so sign up early to avoid disappointment.  This game is 4 rounds of 6 boards with lots of chocolate on the side.  ALL female players no matter what your level of expertise are invited to come and play.  

THIS WEEK'S BRIDGE QUIZ:
Tonight’s quiz is challenging for the beginning bridge players and insightful for the intermediate.  I will hope that all the advancing players will know the answer in a fraction of a second. Everyone should give a look at these questions.

How many tricks would expect to win in this suit combination, you have NO outside entry to the dummy:

         The Dummy
          D – A K 8 6 5 2

         Your Hand
          D – 7 4
What is the order in which you will play this suit?

Answer to Last Week's Quiz:
Your partner opens with a (pre-emptive) bid of 3D, non-vulnerable.  Your vulnerable Right Hand Opponent makes a takeout double.  What would you do holding the following:

         S – 5 4 2
         H – 8 6
         D – K 9 5 2
         C – J 10 9 3

Solution:  If you look at your TRICKS, it appears that you and your partner will not win very many on defense, but with diamonds as trumps you are likely to win 8 or 9.  You have NO defense; the opponents can easily make 10 tricks in either major suit as trumps.  In order to make like more difficult for them – bid 5 Diamonds.  Even if you are doubled and down 3 that is only -500, whereas if they make their contract of 4H or 4S it is a -620 for your side.

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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