M C & G  Bridge Studio   16-July-2017

Coming up this week at the Bridge Studio: 

* There will be 2 NAP (NORTH AMERICAN PAIRS) qualifying games this week- Tuesday afternoon July 18th at 12:30pm, for the 0-500 crowd ($11 per player); and Wednesday evening July 19th at 7:00pm ($11 per player, EVERYONE WELCOME); 

* Up the Ranks Intermediate/Novice team game (0-1000 masterpoints) Saturday afternoon July 22nd, 12:30pm till roughly 4:30pm. If you want to play, but need a partner or teammates, let me (Jill) know immediately, and I'll do my best to assist.

For the newer players... if you want to play without the stress of heavy competition, these are available to you every week:

A. Thursday mornings, 9:30am to 11:30am- supervised session. This is relaxed, partners are provided, you can chat, ask questions, play at your own pace; $8 per player. 

B. Monday evenings, 7:00pm to 9:00pm; show up at 6:45 for a helpful bridge tip. This game is 'duplicate style' but a little consult is available; $5 per player. 

C. Friday mornings, 9:30am to 12 noon- a duplicate bridge game run just for players under 100 masterpoints (less than zero is fine!) It's an opportunity to put your own skills to use amongst a very friendly crowd; $8 per player.

Congratulations: to Victor, for running a dynamite workshop with lots of positive feedback from participants! Watch for more workshops in the next few months...

Tip of the Week: When defending a suit contract, if dummy's hand is unbalanced with decent support for declarer, the declarer will often have two ways to use dummy's assets- either a good long suit on which declarer will discard losers... or shortness in side suits, which declarer will void in order to ruff losers. As defender, your 'job' is to try to figure out (once you see dummy), which tactic will be more beneficial to declarer (in this deal), and do your best job to counter his production of tricks. Your thought process:

- if dummy has a long strong side suit, attack the other two suits (not trumps and not this strong side suit) in order to win your side suit tricks before they disappear;

- if dummy doesn't seem to have a threatening side suit, but appears with shortness, consider if declarer might need to ruff losers before drawing trumps... and try to get the ball rolling on those trumps yourself- lead 'em if you get the chance!

Last Week's Quiz: 

After you open 1NT, partner jumps to 3NT, and your LHO leads the D-6. You are looking at:

Dummy: D-AQ105           You:       D-8732

How many tricks do you expect to win in this suit if you play your cards right? What card should you call for from dummy at trick one? Remember though to keep an open mind... if RHO unexpectedly wins the first trick, how many diamond tricks do you now expect to win (roughly)?

ANSWER: First, ask your opponents about their leading agreement. If they play 'standard leads', then it looks like the D-6 is fourth best. Using the rule of eleven, subtracting 6 from 11, means there are 5 diamonds higher than the 6 existing in the hands of you, dummy, and RHO. You can see them all! So therefore, RHO has no diamond in this deal that is higher than LHO's opening lead of the 6. If you play low from dummy at trick one, then finesse LHO for the remaining diamonds, you can score 4 diamond tricks in total.

Footnote... sometimes players don't make their natural fourth best lead, for whatever reason, such as maybe their hand is weak, so they're hoping to find partner's good suit. So, after you call for dummy's D-5, if RHO happens to play the D-9... it may be that LHO was leading a doubleton (or even a singleton!) and you may wind up with no more than 1 or 2 diamond tricks... find a PLAN B ?

This Week's Quiz: You're on lead against an auction that goes: RHO opens 1S, LHO responds 2D, RHO rebids 2H, and LHO now jumps to 4S. Holding S-1092 H-Q1054 D-J109 C-K84, what is your best choice of opening lead, and why?

See ya at the table... good luck to all those heading to Toronto this week for the NABC ?


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