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THE 38th BARRIE FRIENDSHIP DAY TOURNAMENT

Thanks to all who participated in the 38th Barrie Frienship Day Tournament Saturday February 18th. The food was good, the games were truly friendly and we all had a great time.  It was good to see Danny Schamehorn out to our club again!

Congratulations to Marc Fournier, Larry Stefnik, Tom Kinnear, and Paul Crossland for taking top honours.

Special thanks to Greg Cole for directing and Evelyn's daughter Susan Caroline for providing wholesome snacks as part of her Real Estate business outreach with Royal LePage.  Thanks also to the Central United Church woman's group for providing lunch and the Executive at our club for their efforts in making the day a success. We will definitely do this again!

BRIDGE MAXIMS

DO YOU KNOW THESE  BRIDGE MAXIMS?

Bidding

  • If you have a choice of reasonable bids and one of them is 3NT, then bid it – known as "Hamman's Law", devised by Bob Hamman.[2]
  • Prefer majors to minors. Bid a major suit before a minor suit. They can overbid opponents at the same level, and score higher.
  • Prefer length to strength. A long suit, even if weaker, is often ultimately more powerful and desirable as a contract, than a short suit, however good, because long trumps will usually make tricks in the end, and they allow a greater level of control during the game.
  • With a misfit, bid cautiously; with a good fit, bid boldly. Avoids chasing a poor contract with a misfit, but enables a surprisingly high contract with a good fit.

Declarer

  • Eight ever, nine never. This refers to guidance for the common situation where declarer has eight or nine cards in a suit including the Ace and King, and is trying to choose a strategy for drawing the opponents' queen without losing a trick.

There are two strategies - the finesse, which is 50-50 in both cases, and the drop, which relies upon the opponent who has the queen having only one or two (but not more) cards in the suit, and becomes more likely to succeed the more cards in the suit are held.

Lacking any further information, the maxim suggests that optimal strategy is to finesse when holding a total of eight cards in the suit, and don't finesse but play the two top cards to cause the queen to be "dropped" if nine cards are held.

Advanced players will often try to gain further information or deduce which hand holds the queen, before choosing their play. The difference in percentages is so close (the Bridge Encyclopedia states that the finesse is a 50% probability of success holding 8 cards, while the drop has a 53% holding 9 cards) that the slightest inference might influence a player to choose to finesse or to drop with nine cards.

"Eight ever nine never" refers only to when declarer can afford no loser in the suit: there are many more things for him to think about when declarer can afford a loser. For example, if the finesse would land in the hand of the dangerous opponent who can give the other opponent a ruff that declarer can't afford, with eight cards he might have to play for a "drop" by playing the ace and king then a small one to the jack. Even if the finesse would have lost, now the dangerous opponent can't give his partner a ruff, because he can't have any more trumps left (if the queen didn't fall under the ace and king, the potential ruffer can't have more than two cards in the suit).

Defenders

  • If in doubt, lead a spade. This applies to NT contracts and works on the assumption that declarer or dummy would likely bid spades if they had them. (Because it is axiomatic to consider a major suit fit if one exists, before settling on no trumps, and spades as the highest ranked suit are the suit which would have been easiest to bid had a fit existed.)
  • Cover an honour with an honour. May set up a trick for partner, or prevent the opposition making a 'free' extra trick. Example: Suppose declarer (South) leads the Queen of a suit, dummy (North) has the Ace, and the hand in between (West) has the King. If West fails to play the King over the Queen, declarer will allow the Queen to make a trick, and then the Ace will also make a second trick. By playing the King, declarer must use the Ace and Queen on the same trick, and cannot make a second trick with these cards. In addition, partner may now turn out to have the Jack doubleton, which will now be a master. The same thing happens with partner having 10 to three cards or 9 to four cards. Their 10 or 9 will never make a trick if you don't cover.

However, it is best to use your judgment: if the bidding or previous play suggests that partner can't have the jack, 10 or 9, or enough cards for this card to be promoted (e.g. if he can only have two cards and you know declarer has the jack, his 10 will still fall under one of declarer's cards whether you cover or not) then there is no point covering, as this will only help declarer by telling him where an important card is.

  • Play into weakness and play through strength. Two versions on a similar theme: Gives partner more opportunity to take advantage of possible finessing situations (since partner will play after the strong hand). Likewise it may give partner more opportunity for tricks, or to win with a lower card, if the last hand (after he/she plays a card) is known to be weak in the suit played. By leading into strength, you are finessing your partner (he has to play before the strong hand).
  • Second hand plays low. Prevents wastage of useful cards. This is because your partner may be able to win the trick with a low card, and you don't accidentally finesse yourself. However, if you know partner can't possibly have a card capable of winning the trick and there's no reason why you don't want the lead or want the 1st player to remain on lead, don't play 2nd hand low.
  • Third hand plays high. Prevents opponent winning a trick cheaply and may help partner. This only applies if there will be a choice of cards to play for 4th player (silly to play your king when 4th player has a singleton ace!) and there is a possibility of promoting something for your partner. For example, he might have three cards with the jack, and 4th player has the ace and the queen. If you play your king, 4th player has to play the ace, and now the queen can't drop partner's jack: it has been promoted.

 

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Results
Wed 22nd Feb 2017
open pairs
Director: Dale MacKenzie
Tue 21st Feb 2017
open pairs
Director: John
Mon 20th Feb 2017
open pairs
Director: John
Sat 18th Feb 2017
Friendship Day Double Session Silver Swiss Teams
Director: Greg Coles
Wed 15th Feb 2017
STaC - open pairs
Director: John
Wed 15th Feb 2017
STaC - open pairs
Director: JANE FOSTER
Tue 14th Feb 2017
STaC - open pairs
Director: Jane Foster
Mon 13th Feb 2017
STaC - open pairs
Director: John
Wed 8th Feb 2017
open pairs
Director: Jane Foster
Tue 7th Feb 2017
open pairs
Director: John
Calendar
Wed 22nd Feb 2017
99er pairs
7 pm
Director: Maggie
Mon 27th Feb 2017
299er pairs
1pm
Director: John
Mon 27th Feb 2017
open pairs
1pm
Director: John
Tue 28th Feb 2017
open pairs
1pm
Director: John
Wed 1st Mar 2017
49er pairs
7 pm
Director: Maggie
Wed 1st Mar 2017
open pairs
7pm
Director: Jane
Mon 6th Mar 2017
299er pairs
1pm
Director: Bob
Mon 6th Mar 2017
open pairs
1pm
Director: Bob
Tue 7th Mar 2017
open pairs
1pm
Director: John
Wed 8th Mar 2017
99er pairs
7 pm
Director: Maggie
Welcome from Barrie Bridge Society

The Barrie Bridge Society (BBS) would like to extend a warm welcome to all local and visiting duplicate bridge players to the Barrie area.  We meet at Central United Church in Barrie, Ontario, at 54 Ross Street, L4N-1G3, at the corner of Ross and Toronto streets. Google Map We have games every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and occaisonal Sundays.   

The BBA is an ACBL-sanctioned club that offers duplicate bridge games for a variety of skill levels, and a beginner game with a lesson each week.  Please see the Calendar for upcoming scheduled games.

The Wednesday afternoon game has been canceled.  Please check the schedule for upcoming games. 

Please come out for an enjoyable afternoon or evening of bridge, and bring a friend!  Weather Gas Prices

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Results
Wed 22nd Feb 2017
open pairs
Director: Dale MacKenzie
Tue 21st Feb 2017
open pairs
Director: John
Mon 20th Feb 2017
open pairs
Director: John
Sat 18th Feb 2017
Friendship Day Double Session Silver Swiss Teams
Director: Greg Coles
Wed 15th Feb 2017
STaC - open pairs
Director: John
Wed 15th Feb 2017
STaC - open pairs
Director: JANE FOSTER
Tue 14th Feb 2017
STaC - open pairs
Director: Jane Foster
Mon 13th Feb 2017
STaC - open pairs
Director: John
Wed 8th Feb 2017
open pairs
Director: Jane Foster
Tue 7th Feb 2017
open pairs
Director: John
Calendar
Wed 22nd Feb 2017
99er pairs
7 pm
Director: Maggie
Mon 27th Feb 2017
299er pairs
1pm
Director: John
Mon 27th Feb 2017
open pairs
1pm
Director: John
Tue 28th Feb 2017
open pairs
1pm
Director: John
Wed 1st Mar 2017
49er pairs
7 pm
Director: Maggie
Wed 1st Mar 2017
open pairs
7pm
Director: Jane
Mon 6th Mar 2017
299er pairs
1pm
Director: Bob
Mon 6th Mar 2017
open pairs
1pm
Director: Bob
Tue 7th Mar 2017
open pairs
1pm
Director: John
Wed 8th Mar 2017
99er pairs
7 pm
Director: Maggie
Welcome from Barrie Bridge Society

The Barrie Bridge Society (BBS) would like to extend a warm welcome to all local and visiting duplicate bridge players to the Barrie area.  We meet at Central United Church in Barrie, Ontario, at 54 Ross Street, L4N-1G3, at the corner of Ross and Toronto streets. Google Map We have games every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and occaisonal Sundays.   

The BBA is an ACBL-sanctioned club that offers duplicate bridge games for a variety of skill levels, and a beginner game with a lesson each week.  Please see the Calendar for upcoming scheduled games.

The Wednesday afternoon game has been canceled.  Please check the schedule for upcoming games. 

Please come out for an enjoyable afternoon or evening of bridge, and bring a friend!  Weather Gas Prices