M C & G Bridge Studio 7-Jan-2018
TIP OF THE WEEK: Overcalls –
bidding competitively has become very common place at the bridge table, but one
should use some common sense. If you are making a simple
overcall be sure to make it useful. I like to use the 2 out of 3
guideline. There are three reasons to overcall: #1
- you have points and want to compete,
#2 you want to interfere with the opponent's auction (1D opener
and 1H overcall is NOT interference) and #3
if partner is on lead you want to guide them to a good lead. An effective
overcall will cover TWO of these top THREE reasons!
KUDOS & CONGRATULATIONS:
Thank you to everyone for making the Unit 194 & 230 STaC another success.
Lots of Silver Points all week long. To see the winners throughout the
CONGRATULATIONS to Rod Mackenzie and Candace Flemming for a 70.14% game during the Thursday afternoon STaC game. The Saturday TWO SESSION Swiss team overall winners were: Gerry & Judy Callaghan, Hind Blick and Gary Brown; flight B winners were: Edgar Wolman, Peter MacKay, Hal & Sandra Wood. And winning flight C (and 4th in B) were Shirley McInnis, Deedee Dyer, Bill Watters & Sue Pattillo.
Sunday was our first FAST PAIRS game. Attendance was not as hoped but all that attended played 24 boards in less than 2 hours - and it was easy (and fun). The Bridge Studio will be holding another FAST pairs event in February - stay tuned.
WHAT IS UP THIS WEEK
at THE BRIDGE STUDIO: We have THREE
Junior Fund games this week - JUST $10.00
to play and we SUPPORT our Canadian Junior, Youth, and Kids teams. We are
happy to have Victor on the team.
- Monday (8th) 12:30 - J. Fund - just $10.00
- Wednesday MORNING (10th) 9:30 J. Fund $10.00
- Thursday (11th) 6:30 - 0-1000 only - bonus masterpoints J. Fund $10.00
-WEDNESDAY 10th - CANADIAN NATIONAL TEAM CLUB QUALIFYING GAME. Stratified with 0-1000; 1000-2500 & OPEN. Canadian Championships will be in Montreal in May This is your chance to qualify to play in the truly all Canadian Championship Event. Only $6.00. There will be a 99er section as well (I am looking for feedback on whether or not you want pairs or teams, I have a team game scheduled - so give me a call (902-443-4676)
MARK THE DATE: The weekend of
January is special for all new & advancing bridge players - SATURDAY
our famous Up
the Ranks starting at 12:30, if you need help with getting a
team just email (firstname.lastname@example.org)
or text (902-452-8573) me or Bill.
Then on Sunday January 21st is our DEFENCE WORKSHOP- Victor will be presenting a 3 hour basic "Defence Workshop" beginning at 11:00. $17.50, bring your own lunch. Register via email: email@example.com or register online at - www.bridgestudio.org
THURSDAY PRACTICE PLAY
- Welcoming Gary
Brown (from Australia) who has prepared a set of wonderful
insights for new & advancing players. No registration required, just
come in on Thursday
morning (9:30) for an interesting 2 hours of play and
Please watch for Gary's email with information about the session and an
introduction of himself.
WINTER LESSONS BEGIN
- First class January 13th - look what we have for you.
First - Bridge in a Day - SATURDAY JANUARY 13th - know anyone wanting to know what 'bridge is all about'? Encourage them to come to this FREE introduction. 10:30-2:00. We have already had several registrations, but there is still lots of room available. If you have a place you can put a small poster - let me know I have them on the director's desk.
LESSONS FOR BEGINNERS AND ADVANCING - Competitive Bidding with Victor - Tuesday mornings at 9:30 - Bridge Basics II - don't miss it.
Popular Conventions with Carol - Tuesday mornings at 9:30 - this is Bridge Basics III - the completion of our Basic Bridge Series.
MONDAY MORNINGS - our NEW Beginner Series at 9:30 with Doug - learn the language of bidding and basic strategies for declarer play. Also Thursday evening 6:30 with Kathie.
THINKING BRIDGE - Kathie & Kantar - the most exciting 6 weeks to improve your bridge NO conventions - just basic understandings of how to THINK at the table - getting some 'card sense'. I am using the remarkable intuitive Eddie Kantar series - The First Trick, Long Suit Establishment, Placing the Opponents' Honours, Opener's Rebids, Hand Evaluation and Discarding. To see more go to our web page: www.bridgestudio.org for all courses you can register online or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
This weeks Bridge Quiz:
After this auction:
West North East South
1D pass 1S
Pass 3D** pass 3NT **the 3D rebid not only shows a decent hand but
All Pass A GOOD Diamond suit as well (source of tricks)
S – Q 6
H – 9 8 6
D – A K Q 10 9 6
C – A 8
West (you) East
S – A 10 9 7
H – K 7 5 4 2 H - J
D – J 7
C – 10 5
S – 2
H – A wins Ace and plays spade
lead the H-4, the H-6 is played from dummy, partner plays the H-J and declarer
wins the H-A. Declarer then leads the S-2
Can you make the following deductions:
1. Who has the H-Q?
2. How many tricks does declarer have?
3. What is YOUR plan when declarer leads the S-2 at trick two?
This quiz is from the Better Bridge Magazine Jan/Feb. 2017 – an exceptional tool for up and coming players. To subscribe contact Baron Barclay 1-800-274-2221