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2016 Mini Mc Kenney and Ace of Clubs Winners
2016 Mini Mc Kenney and Ace of Clubs Winners

HERE ARE YOUR WINNERS FOR 2016. WINNERS WILL BE RECOGNIZED AT A CEREMONY TO BE HELD SATURDAY FEBRUARY 25, DURING THE BLUE HEN SECTIONAL.

Friday 02/18 Board 6 Bridge Studio

This is a multiple choice question. West leads a club.  What is the best (safest, and surest way to 12 tricks in spades?

A.   Ruff opening club low. Test trump.  When west shows out, Plan to set up long diamond(s) for club discard by ducking a diamond at trick 3.

B.  WIn A♣ in hand.  Plan to draw two rounds of trump.  If they break claim.  When west shows out, plan for a cross-ruff by playing 3 rounds of hearts, the A and another diamond.

C. Ruff the opening club low, come to hand with a trump, ruff a second club low, back to hand with heart, ruff third club high. Play dummy's last trump, second heart to your hand, claim.

D. None of the above...I've got a better idea.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

C. is the winner.  The only risk is a defender has 3 spades, and less than two hearts, or west started with 8 clubs.

I must confess A was my first choice.  Im a sucker for setting up long side suits.  But diamonds could be 5-1. And if the spades are different you may have to ruff two diamonds high to avoid an over-ruff.

Once the spade split is exposed, this line cant miss.

B also works, as long as you clear the hearts before the cross-ruff, but needing hearts 4-3 is riskiest of all.

 

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Wednesday 02/15 Board 8 Bridge Studio

The 2 is lead.  Dummy comes down and winners are counted; 2♠ ,3 ,2 ,2-4♣ , What card do you play at trick two, and why? What's your plan?

As an aside, what do you think about the lead? Fourth best leads are a staple against no trump.  Partner gets to use "the rule of eleven", and that may inform the defense.  But what about declarer? He/She can use that information as well to plan the play.

The A♣!.  The route to extra tricks in this hand is either the club finesse or the fourth ♠ , or  .  The club finesse, even if taken once can destroy the diamond position. If a diamond is played to the Ace, and the club finesse loses, a diamond is likely to come back, disrupting transportation, exposing the diamond suit, and restricting options later in the play.  So my plan is A and another ♣ . This guarantees 9 tricks and keeps options open.

And, I get luckysmiley.  The J♣ falls under the A♣ , and another club drives out the K♣ .  Now win the diamond return in dummy with the A .  At this point I can count 10 tricks,3♣ ,2 ,3 ,2♠ , and have lost one trick. I want to try to "squeeze" out one more trick, and to do that I plan to "rectify the count".  For most squeezes to work declarer must have only one potentential loser at the end of a hand.  At this point I have 2.  So, after winning the A , I'm going to lose a spade, playing low from both hands.

Assume west wins and returns a  ; win the K an play heart and club winners, ending in dummy.  Dummy now holds 9♠ , 105 ; Declarer has AK8♠ ; and poor west has Q76♠ ,Q before discarding to the last club. West is truly "squeezed" , and has to concede the 11th trick.

Guarantee the contract and keep overtrick options open...a winning combination!

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EIGHT IS ENOUGH APRIL 29 TEAMS FOR EVERYONE
EIGHT IS ENOUGH  APRIL 29  TEAMS FOR EVERYONE

We welcome everyone to participate in a new and exciting team event "Eight is Enough" . Structured for maximum participation, and enjoyment Eight is Enough encourages teams to form across all levels of bridge experience. Start now to organize your team and save the date, April 29, 2017.

Eight is Enough North and South

 

 

Monday 02/13 Board 30 Bridge Studio

You reach a really sweet 4♣ contract, outbidding NS, who appear odds on to make 3 . Down one, even two may be a good score.  But can you make 4♣ and collect all the matchpoints?

This hand is about TEMPO, or the order in which the cards are played.  There are two obvious losers, with a third coming by way of a diamond, diamond ruff, or the Q♣ .  What could go wrong?  The biggest risk is drawing too many trump before setting up the diamonds. One strategy is to play on diamonds immediately!  Say, ruff a  , lead a  .  When the 10 appears, cover and you are likely to lose only two tricks, making 5.  Sure North can rise A , 10 to K  and get a ruff, but that is it.

Alternately, ruff a  , play two rounds of trump ending in your hand, and ruff the last heart.  Now lead a diamond toward the QJ .  Assuming, south wins, win the heart return, play spade to A♠ , and another  , planning to play for split honors.

Declarers who wait until trump are drawn to start diamonds, or start ruffing spades too early will find that they run out of trump before there last diamond(s) are good.  Timing is everythingsmiley

 

FORM
Updated Name Comments
Feb 14, 2017 18:57 EST Rick Rowland Let's see how you get to 4C if N opens 1C like a human being.
Feb 14, 2017 16:17 EST Mark Its interesting to note that getting to the best contract is often more important than playing the cards optimally
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Monday 01/30 Board 19 Bridge Studio. Part C

The consensus auction is 3♠ ,Pass, Pass, to you. 

parts A, and B have been moved to " Bridge Hands From The Club"

Not much in high cards to force to the 4 level vulnerable.  But I believe in bidding shape, and do you ever have shape for a double here.  So I double...for takeout, hopefully😀

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Thursday 02/09 Board 4 Bridge Studio

North leads a trump.  In 4 declarer has 9 top tricks, a tenth to come from diamonds breaking 3-3, or perhaps clubs breaking 3-3. But can you do better?

 

Declarer is always losing 2 spades and a club on this hand. The key is not to lose the fourth diamond.  So carefully win the opening lead in hand to preserve entries to dummy.  Play A♣ and low club. When clubs break no worse than 4-2 declarer is home.  The defense takes 2 spades and continues trump; won in dummy. Ruff a club high, draw the last trump, ending in dummy, and ruff the fourth club. Declarer is out of trump but has the last 4 tricks with 3 diamons and 1 club.

Lets say clubs break 5-1 (its why declarer wins the A♣ first). Now the 10th trick must come from diamonds. But you can do better than relying on 3-3 break.  Draw exactly two rounds of trump; then play 3 rounds of diamonds. If they break 3-3 draw the last trump and you are home. If the defender with the last trump also has a fourth diamond, you will be able to ruff your 4th diamond in dummy.

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Wednesday 02/08 Board 14 Bridge Studio

You aggressively bid to 7 .  Dummy comes down. It looks like you have choices.  Are you confident or have you overreached? Whats the best line of play?

Declarer can count 12 tricks, a thirteenth can com from a diamond finesse, club finesse, possible squeeze......or set up a club trick by ruffing!

Win the spade lead discarding a diamond. Play A♣ , 6♣ , ruffing high.  Now 2 to the 8 ; 8♣ , ruffing with the J . When both defenders follow clubs break 4-3 and the 5th club will be good.  Return to the Q and play the 10♣ , ruffing with the 10 . Now a  back to the A , and play the Q♣ discarding the second diamond.  No guesswork neededsmiley

If the clubs dont break, some guesswork may be needed. Run the rest of the hearts, saving Ax AQ♣ , opposite KJx 9♣ .  A defender with K♣ Q cannot protect them both. If neither opponent struggles with discards, play AK , planning to finesse K♣ if the J is not good.

Would your partnership be able to bid to a confident 7 ?

 

FORM
Updated Name Comments
Feb 9, 2017 10:45 EST Mark Would your partnership bid to 7 on this hand? if so how?
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The Dummy February 2017
The Dummy  February 2017

February 2017 Dummy

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BLUE HEN SECTIONAL - FEBUARY 24-26, 2017
BLUE HEN SECTIONAL - FEBUARY 24-26, 2017

Mark your calendar now for the Blue Hen Sectional February 24th through 26th at the Bridge Studio.  Events for all levels of expertise. Between session meals provided with entry.  Partners assured with reasonable notification. Click the link below for details.

2017 Blue Hen Sectional Flyer.pdf

299er SECTIONAL - MARCH 7, 2017 - NEW EVENT
299er SECTIONAL - MARCH 7, 2017  -  NEW EVENT

Your DSBA Board is excited to announce a new event just added to the 2017 calendar. A 299er Sectional Tournament will be held on March 7, 2017 at the Bridge Studio of Delaware.  Eligibility for this event is limited to rising bridge players who have not achieved 300 master points at the time of the event. Click on the link below for details.

299er Sectional March 7, 2017

DSBA Southern Sectional July 27, 28, 29 , 2017
DSBA Southern Sectional July 27, 28, 29 , 2017

SAVE THE DATE!  SAVE THE DATE!  SECTIONAL AT THE BEACH, IN BEACH SEASON. FOLLOW THE LINK BELOW FOR DETAILED INFORMATION.

 

Southern Sectional 2017

 

Calendar
February 19, 2017
Stratified 199er Pairs
Lewes Presbyterian Church 3:00 PM
February 24, 2017
STRATIFIED OPEN PAIRS
BRIDGE STUDIO 10:00
Director: ALAN HODESBLATT
Host: UNIT 190
February 24, 2017
STRATIFIED 199ER PAIRS
10:00
Director: ALAN HODESBLATT
February 24, 2017
STRATIFIED OPEN PAIRS
BRIDGE STUDIO 2:30
Director: ALAN HODESBLATT
February 24, 2017
STRATIFIED 199ER PAIRS
BRIDGE STUDIO 2:30
Director: ALAN HODESBLATT
February 25, 2017
FLIGHT A/X PAIRS
BRIDGE STUDIO 10:00
Director: ALAN HODESBLATT
February 25, 2017
FLIGHT B/C/D PAIRS
BRIDGE STUDIO 10:00
Director: ALAN HODESBLATT
February 25, 2017
STRATIFIED 199ER PAIRS
BRIDGE STUDIO 10:00
Director: ALAN HODESBLATT
February 25, 2017
FLIGHT A/X PAIRS
BRIDGE STUDIO 2:30
Director: ALAN HODESBLATT
February 25, 2017
FLIGHT B/C/D PAIRS
BRIDGE STUDIO 2:30
Director: ALAN HODESBLATT
February 25, 2017
STRATIFIED 199ER PAIRS
BRIDGE STUDIO 2:30
Director: ALAN HODESBLATT
February 26, 2017
A/X SWISS TEAMS
BRIDGE STUDIO 10:00
Director: ALAN HODESBLATT
  (Bookings)
February 26, 2017
BRACKETED B/C/D TEAMS
BRIDGE STUDIO 10:00
Director: ALAN HODESBLATT
March 7, 2017
299er Stratified Pairs
Bridge Studio 10:00 AM
Director: TBD
  (Partner?)
July 27, 2017
Stratified Open Pairs
Lewes Presbyterian Church 10:00 AM
Results
September 18, 2016
Diamond State Sectional Sunday Swiss Teams Flights A/X and B/C/D
September 17, 2016
Diamond State Sectional Sat AM + Aft StratFL A/X and B/C/D Pairs with Regional Rating (Session 2 of 2) or single session stratified side game Open or 199er pairs
September 16, 2016
Diamond State Sectonal Fri AM Strat Open and 199er Pairs (Single Session)
September 16, 2016
Diamond State Sectional Fri Aft Strat Open and 199er Pairs (Single Session)
August 27, 2016
DE State Open Pairs Championship, session one of two, open and 99 er pairs
August 27, 2016
DE State Open Pairs Championship, session one of two, open and 99 er pairs
August 27, 2016
DE State Open Pairs Championship, session two of two, open and 99 er pairs
August 27, 2016
DE State Open Pairs Championship, session two of two, open and 99 er pairs
June 25, 2016
2016 First State SOUTHERN Sectional A/X Swiss Teams (3000+/ 0-3000) & TBA B/C/D Swiss Teams (1500/750/300)
June 24, 2016
2016 First State SOUTHERN Sectional 3 PM Strat Open Pairs (Open/2000/750)* Strat 199er Pairs (200/100/50)*
June 24, 2016
2016 First State SOUTHERN Sectional 10 AM Strat Open Pairs (Open/2000/750)* Strat 199er Pairs (200/100/50)*
June 23, 2016
2016 First State SOUTHERN Sectional 10 AM Strat Open Pairs (Open/2000/750)* Strat 199er Pairs (200/100/50/20)*
June 23, 2016
2016 First State SOUTHERN Sectional, 3 PM Strat Open Pairs (Open/2000/750)* Strat 199er Pairs (200/100/50)*
The Dummy February 2017
The Dummy  February 2017

February 2017 Dummy

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BLUE HEN SECTIONAL - FEBUARY 24-26, 2017
BLUE HEN SECTIONAL - FEBUARY 24-26, 2017

Mark your calendar now for the Blue Hen Sectional February 24th through 26th at the Bridge Studio.  Events for all levels of expertise. Between session meals provided with entry.  Partners assured with reasonable notification. Click the link below for details.

2017 Blue Hen Sectional Flyer.pdf

299er SECTIONAL - MARCH 7, 2017 - NEW EVENT
299er SECTIONAL - MARCH 7, 2017  -  NEW EVENT

Your DSBA Board is excited to announce a new event just added to the 2017 calendar. A 299er Sectional Tournament will be held on March 7, 2017 at the Bridge Studio of Delaware.  Eligibility for this event is limited to rising bridge players who have not achieved 300 master points at the time of the event. Click on the link below for details.

299er Sectional March 7, 2017

DSBA Southern Sectional July 27, 28, 29 , 2017
DSBA Southern Sectional July 27, 28, 29 , 2017

SAVE THE DATE!  SAVE THE DATE!  SECTIONAL AT THE BEACH, IN BEACH SEASON. FOLLOW THE LINK BELOW FOR DETAILED INFORMATION.

 

Southern Sectional 2017

 

Calendar
February 19, 2017
Stratified 199er Pairs
Lewes Presbyterian Church 3:00 PM
February 24, 2017
STRATIFIED OPEN PAIRS
BRIDGE STUDIO 10:00
Director: ALAN HODESBLATT
Host: UNIT 190
February 24, 2017
STRATIFIED 199ER PAIRS
10:00
Director: ALAN HODESBLATT
February 24, 2017
STRATIFIED OPEN PAIRS
BRIDGE STUDIO 2:30
Director: ALAN HODESBLATT
February 24, 2017
STRATIFIED 199ER PAIRS
BRIDGE STUDIO 2:30
Director: ALAN HODESBLATT
February 25, 2017
FLIGHT A/X PAIRS
BRIDGE STUDIO 10:00
Director: ALAN HODESBLATT
February 25, 2017
FLIGHT B/C/D PAIRS
BRIDGE STUDIO 10:00
Director: ALAN HODESBLATT
February 25, 2017
STRATIFIED 199ER PAIRS
BRIDGE STUDIO 10:00
Director: ALAN HODESBLATT
February 25, 2017
FLIGHT A/X PAIRS
BRIDGE STUDIO 2:30
Director: ALAN HODESBLATT
February 25, 2017
FLIGHT B/C/D PAIRS
BRIDGE STUDIO 2:30
Director: ALAN HODESBLATT
February 25, 2017
STRATIFIED 199ER PAIRS
BRIDGE STUDIO 2:30
Director: ALAN HODESBLATT
February 26, 2017
A/X SWISS TEAMS
BRIDGE STUDIO 10:00
Director: ALAN HODESBLATT
  (Bookings)
February 26, 2017
BRACKETED B/C/D TEAMS
BRIDGE STUDIO 10:00
Director: ALAN HODESBLATT
March 7, 2017
299er Stratified Pairs
Bridge Studio 10:00 AM
Director: TBD
  (Partner?)
July 27, 2017
Stratified Open Pairs
Lewes Presbyterian Church 10:00 AM
Results
September 18, 2016
Diamond State Sectional Sunday Swiss Teams Flights A/X and B/C/D
September 17, 2016
Diamond State Sectional Sat AM + Aft StratFL A/X and B/C/D Pairs with Regional Rating (Session 2 of 2) or single session stratified side game Open or 199er pairs
September 16, 2016
Diamond State Sectonal Fri AM Strat Open and 199er Pairs (Single Session)
September 16, 2016
Diamond State Sectional Fri Aft Strat Open and 199er Pairs (Single Session)
August 27, 2016
DE State Open Pairs Championship, session one of two, open and 99 er pairs
August 27, 2016
DE State Open Pairs Championship, session one of two, open and 99 er pairs
August 27, 2016
DE State Open Pairs Championship, session two of two, open and 99 er pairs
August 27, 2016
DE State Open Pairs Championship, session two of two, open and 99 er pairs
June 25, 2016
2016 First State SOUTHERN Sectional A/X Swiss Teams (3000+/ 0-3000) & TBA B/C/D Swiss Teams (1500/750/300)
June 24, 2016
2016 First State SOUTHERN Sectional 3 PM Strat Open Pairs (Open/2000/750)* Strat 199er Pairs (200/100/50)*
June 24, 2016
2016 First State SOUTHERN Sectional 10 AM Strat Open Pairs (Open/2000/750)* Strat 199er Pairs (200/100/50)*
June 23, 2016
2016 First State SOUTHERN Sectional 10 AM Strat Open Pairs (Open/2000/750)* Strat 199er Pairs (200/100/50/20)*
June 23, 2016
2016 First State SOUTHERN Sectional, 3 PM Strat Open Pairs (Open/2000/750)* Strat 199er Pairs (200/100/50)*