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 Maritimes - CLICK HERE.
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 (kmacnab@eastlink.ca) 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: victor.lamoureux@gmail.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 learn.  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:  kmacnab@eastlink.ca

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)

              North (dummy)
               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
               South (declarer)
               S 2                  
               H A   wins Ace and plays spade

You 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

Answer to Last Week's Quiz:
Another question on balancing after opener starts with a weak 2H call.  The auction:
West   North    East     South (you)
  2H     pass     pass      ??
Your call with this hand:
S 8
H Q 7
D A 7 4
C A K Q J 9 5 3
What is your call?
Solution: This one is a little tricky and depends on your partnership agreement.  FIRST if you and your partner have discussed it - you can bid 3 Hearts, which asks partner to be 3NT with a heart stopper (partner has a stopper and you have the tricks),  without this agreement you can bid 3 clubs and HOPE that partner will bid 3NT.  Worried about a spade lead? Doubt you will get  one, just  close your eyes until after the lead.
See you at the tables,
Kathie and Bill
The Bridge Studio


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