M C & G Bridge Studio 26-Mar-2017
TIP OF THE WEEK: A negative double, followed by a bid of a suit tends to show weakness, not strength. For example your partner opens 1D and RHO overcalls 1S and you hold SIX hearts A K 10 9 7 4 – and you do not have enough values to bid at the 2 level, but want your hearts mentioned. You can make a negative double, partner will likely bid a minor or NT and on your next bid you can bid 2H – showing 6 hearts and a hand not strong enough to freely bid at the two level.
KUDOS & CONGRATULATIONS: KUDOS to all those who volunteered their time and energy for the successful Winter Sectional tournament - this year at the WTCC. The Tournament was great and Sunday's lunch looked delicious. CONGRATULATIONS to all you Master points winners.
WHAT IS HAPPENING THIS WEEK AT THE BRIDGE STUDIO:
MONDAY evening - 7:00 - "Just Play Bridge" - Liz want's everyone to know that she will be back in charge this Monday and has another Pearl of Wisdom for everyone.
Wednesday night 7:00 will be a UNIT club championship game - extra points and don't forget to come early for a bite of dinner, have a wine or cold beer ($2.50)
Thursday at 6:30 - 0-1000 Club Championship with PRIZES for the winners.
THURSDAY at 7:00 - all students are invited to come and play (6:30) we will have a separate section for BEGINNERS ONLY and I will have 12 special hands that fit what has been learned in Bridge Basics - regular playing fees apply.
Friday 9:30am - Club Championship - and a reminder as it is "Back Up Your Computer" Day.
BRIDGE in a DAY - SATURDAY APRIL 1ST, 10:30 - 2:30..
FREE Workshop, bring your own lunch. This is the perfect
opportunity to have your friends and family come and try out our game.
ANNIVERSARY WEEK: This year the theme is "Everything Canadian" - we will celebrate Canada's 150th, CBF's 50th and the Bridge Studio's 19th birthdays. Festivities begin April 3rd at 12:30 - going all week long - finishing up with a OPEN Stratified TEAM game - 6 rounds of 6 boards with lunch, snacks and post game refreshments as we award the prizes for the week.
This week's bridge Quiz:
You and your partner are in a 3NT contract and West leads the D-K
What is your PLAN to make 9 tricks with the following hand:
S – K Q 5
H – A 8 6 2
D – 6 4
C – A 9 4 3
Lead: D – K
S – A 7 3
H – K 9 3
D – A 7 4
C – Q J 10 5
Count your tricks – watch our for the dangerous opponent.
Answer to Last Week's quiz:
West North East South (you)
1C pass 1D 4S!
West leads the C-A. Now you want to make this hand – what is your
S – 10 4
H – Q 8 5 4
D – 8 5 2
C – 9 6 5 3
C- A, followed by the C-K
S – A K Q J 8 6 5
H – K 3
D – K Q 3
C – 4
You know West has 13 points - there is only about 7 points left for east. Let's hope East has the D-A. With that thought - you ruff the C-K and need to get to dummy twice to play diamonds toward your K&Q. Ruff the second club and play ONE high trump from your hand. Now play the H-K and hope that one of the defenders takes their Ace (West is the best) if so that will make the H-Q an entry to dummy. Win the next trick (they lead a spade win the S-10 in dummy) lead toward your D-K&Q. If East ducks (as they should) you can go back to dummy with the H-Q and play towards your diamonds again. - my guess is that East will take their Ace now. Could things go wrong? Oh yes, East could have the H-A and refuse to win the H-K from your hand and preserve their H-A to win the H-Q in dummy. And West could hold the D-A and prevent you from two diamond tricks - if this happens - too bad, nice try, go onto the next hand.
See you at the tables,
Kathie and Bill
The Bridge Studio
A TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE