M C & G  Bridge Studio   21-May-2017

Tip of the week: sportsmanship- whether you get a bad or good result from a bridge hand, whether it's from brilliant play or sloppy opposition, the most important feature of duplicate bridge is how we treat each other, and that at the end of the day you can sleep well because you went to great lengths to not offend anyone. This includes yourself- if you do something silly that gets a bad result for you and your partner, say sorry (once is sufficient) and move on. There's little worse than someone brooding and letting it ruin the next hand or the rest of the game. We can always overcome a bad result (unless it's the last hand of the day...)


- to Rod MacKenzie, Alan Doane, Liz Legacy & Del Knox for your win in the second of two Grass Roots team sessions this past Wednesday evening;

- to Janet Moulton, Verna MacLeod, Elaine Black & Maureen Zinn for your win in the Up the Ranks Team game Saturday;

- to the young Ritceys (JANET & MIKE) for the 71.88% win Thursday evening- way to go!

There were a number of 'almost 70%'ers' as well this past week...

What's up this week: Bridge as normal this week, including Friday afternoon, which also is the first session of the Bridgewater sectional. *Extra masterpoints (Grass Roots) for games on Tuesday evening (May 23rd, 7:00), Wednesday evening (May 24th, 7:00pm), and Thursday evening (May 25th, 6:30pm)*

Wednesday nights in June: We are going to try a new format for Wednesday evenings in June, running an INDIVIDUAL GAME, instead of 'pairs'. Benefits of this set-up:

- you never need to book a partner in advance, as you will get to play with everyone (or almost everyone) who's present;

- it's a great opportunity, especially for newer players, to mix with others that you never thought you'd sit across from- you might meet a future regular partner this way!

- you can decide at the last minute to come to play- if you're running late though, just give us a head's up that you're on your way, as we need to know excat numbers in order to get the game running on time;

- we'll continue to provide snacks and sweet treats.

This is a trial run for June, and will decide for July based on feedback and turn-out in June. 

However... June 21st, Wednesday, is the LONGEST DAY bridge marathon in support of Alzheimers, so regular games will be cancelled that day.

Answer to last week's quiz:

You are defending the contract.  The diamonds you see in dummy is all they have, there are NO outside entries.  Sitting East which card will you play after declarer leads the D-10 and partner plays the D-7.  Why are you choosing that card?
                           D K Q J 9 8
West                                              East - you
D 7                                             D A 4 2
                           D - 10
What card do you play and why?

ANSWER: Duck it till the third round. Partner's seven should be a COUNT SIGNAL indicating an even number of diamonds (start of a high/low), meaning declarer has 3 diamonds. Therefore you want to win the third diamond led, to successfully cut declarer off from dummy's last two diamond winners. (Partner may only have the one diamond, which means declarer has four, in which case, it really doesn't matter when you win your ace.. but wait and find out for sure.)

This week's quiz: The same situation as above, looking at the same diamonds, but this time Partner plays the D-3 after declarer leads the D-10. When should you win your ace, and why?

all my best, 

Jill (filling in for Kathie & Bill)

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