M C & G  Bridge Studio   5-Mar-2017

TIP OF THE WEEK:  Overcalls should be constructive for your partnership.  They are not forcing, but should relay good information.  The advancer should typically respond as though partner opened the bidding.  Just remember your partnership needs an 8 card fit and about 20 playing points to play at the 2 level; an 8 card fit and about 23 playing points to play at the 3 level.

CONGRATULATIONS: to Del Knox and Scott MacDougall for their win Saturday in the first of six games in the fundraiser Winter Classic IMP Pairs competition; thanks to everyone who attended to support this event.

There's 5 more games, and open to all bridge players; everyone is encouraged to participate, in any of these games. Next one is at Halifax Bridge World Monday March 6th, 7:00pm. Next one here at the Bridge Studio is Saturday March 11th, 12:30pm...

SPECIAL GAMES at the Bridge Studio this week: 

Wednesday Mar. 8th 12:45  "International Women's Day" Club Championship.  Prizes, and the guys can play too!
Thursday Mar. 9th 12:30: We have  bridge and popcorn for "Popcorn lovers day!"
Saturday March 11th  12:30 - The Winter Classic Charity IMP Challenge continues

THIS WEEK'S BRIDGE QUIZ:
The Auction:
East       South    West        North
  1S          1NT      pass         3NT
All pass
                North (dummy)
                S A 5
                H 9 5 3
                D A Q 7 6
                C 10 5 4 3
West         
The  lead: S-8             

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

Plan your play.

Answer to last week's quiz:
The Auction:
East       South    West        North
  1S          1NT      pass         3NT
All pass
                North (dummy)
                S A 5
                H 9 5 3
                D A Q 7 6
                C 10 5 4 3
West                                   East (you)
                                           S K 10 9 6 4 3
The Lead:                           H K Q J 2   
S-8                                      D 10 8
                                           C A

After partner leads the S-8, declarer ducks in dummy, you win the S-K.  What is your next play?

Solution:    DO NOT PLAY ANOTHER SPADE!  You know declarer has  the S-Q (they did bid NoTrump), you have one trick in and you will win the C-A.  Switch to the H-K, this will knock out the H-A.  Declarer will win their diamond tricks but eventually will have to play a club win your Ace and take your 2 or 3 heart tricks.

See you at the tables,
Jill McCormick
(filling in for: Kathie & Bill Halliday)
The Bridge Studio
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