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SIGNIFICANT MILESTONE 10,000 MPs
SIGNIFICANT MILESTONE  10,000 MPs

Richard Popper is the most recent member of Unit 190 to achieve 10,000 masterpoints.  Congratulations, Richard!

Wednesday 01/18/2017 Board 8 Bridge Studio

South leads K ...Look like two spade losers, one heart loser; if you are lucky! You win the A . What next.

You'd like to dray trump, hopefully losing two, and run diamonds.  But if you play on trump at trick two leads to two trump losers and two heart losers before you get started.  A better plan is to play diamonds immediately. Hopefully diamonds break 3-3 you can discard two hearts, ruff a heart and lead a trump.

Alas diamonds don't break and north ruffs with the 10♠ ; you discard your second heart. The heart return is ruffed in hand. I trouble now you must hold trump losses to one mor trick.  You lead small to KJ and.......seeing the 10♠  played suggests north has one left. Is it the Q or A? If you rise K♠  you win. It crashes the Q♠  and you will lose only two spades and a club. 

Monday 01/16 Board 16 Bridge Studio

It was a rough day for some of us. Sitting north, managed to play four boards out of sequence before realizing.....  Later was declarer on this hand. After a spade lead, what next? Duck it? Win and run diamonds? Win and play on hearts? Whats your plan?

My plan was to run diamonds, gathering more info. West discards  three clubs and a spade.  East a club and a spade. Dummy... encouraged by the club discards decides hold 4 clubs and discards a heart.  Now the successful club finesse, covered and won in dummy, with west discarding another spade. The fourth club is good but I cant get to it!(Solution #1: duck the club letting the king win!). Now I have to lose a heart and either club or spade. I essence I squeezed myself by running the diamonds.

A simpler, perhaps better line is to win the spade and play on hearts. Cross to A , finesse Q , losing.  Now win the spade return. Now play hearts before cashing diamonds.  When they break, discard your last spade, run diamonds and take the club finesse. Twelve tricks with a lot of good fortune.

A third interesting option is to play a club at trick two, planning to lose a club while retaining the A♣  in dummy. Creating this loser assures 2 club tricks while rectifying the count.  Now win the spade return, discard a heart , play your winning J♣ ,and run diamonds. On the 5th diamond pitch a second heart. In the four card ending declarer has KJ3 6♠ ; dummy A9 A8♣ , east 109♣  Q10 .  Cross to the A and play the A♣ . Either the 8♣ or take the heart finesse, or if east is known to hold the last club, you may have squeezed east out of protection for the Q . Your choice at trick 11.

Which line is better?  The first wins with a bit of defensive help(Easts club discard) or the heart finesse.  The second requires the club finesse and hearts breaking 3-3, or the heart finesse. The wins if the 8♣ is a winner or you can devine the heart position.  Which line did you choose?

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.

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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. MORE DETAILS COMING SOON 

Thursday 01/12 Board 10 Bridge Studio

This is a hand a about technique. South leads the Q , encouraged by North and ducked by declarer.  Now a diamond to the A and a third diamond to declarer's K . What's your plan? 

You've lost two diamonds and are likely to lose a third.  Count your winners, there are eight 2♠ ,2 ,1 ,3♣ . No obvious play for a ninth trick. If you play off winners the opponents will surely get the last three tricks.

The ninth trick is there if either hearts or spades break 3-3, but you cant find out by play A,K and another. The right play is to duck either a heart or a spade to the defense. But which one? You would like to do both to  maximize your chances. But that creates too many losers. So flip a mental coin and duck a major suit in both hands. You have two chances to be right, first if the suit you picked breaks 3-3 (hearts does, spades doesnt); the second chance is that one defender has four or more cards in both majors. In this case that defender will be squeezed in the majors, unable to protect the third round of both suits. So imagine ducking a major suit to south, who cashes the fourth diamond. Declarer discards a card in the other major from both hands, as north discards a club. This effectively "rectifies the count". Now say south leads a club, declarer is ready take advantage of all his chances. After playing two more rounds of clubs dummy holds K65♠ K8 , declarer holds A7♠ A53

Make sure you pay attention to the major suit discards. An opponent with 4 cards in eack major will have been forced to discard at least two major suit cards.  And they will find it impossible to hold three cards in each major in the five card ending.  They have been "squeezed".  Unfortunately in this hand the squeeze does not work, neither defender has four cards in both majors.

What does work is leading a heart, and not a spade at trick four. Because hearts break 3-3 the thirteenth heart is your ninth trick.

The Dummy

November 2016 Dummy.pdf

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Results
Sun Sep 18, 2016
Diamond State Sectional Sunday Swiss Teams Flights A/X and B/C/D
Sat Sep 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
Fri Sep 16, 2016
Diamond State Sectonal Fri AM Strat Open and 199er Pairs (Single Session)
Fri Sep 16, 2016
Diamond State Sectional Fri Aft Strat Open and 199er Pairs (Single Session)
Sat Aug 27, 2016
DE State Open Pairs Championship, session one of two, open and 99 er pairs
Sat Aug 27, 2016
DE State Open Pairs Championship, session one of two, open and 99 er pairs
Sat Aug 27, 2016
DE State Open Pairs Championship, session two of two, open and 99 er pairs
Sat Aug 27, 2016
DE State Open Pairs Championship, session two of two, open and 99 er pairs
Sat Jun 25, 2016
2016 First State SOUTHERN Sectional A/X Swiss Teams (3000+/ 0-3000) & TBA B/C/D Swiss Teams (1500/750/300)
Fri Jun 24, 2016
2016 First State SOUTHERN Sectional 3 PM Strat Open Pairs (Open/2000/750)* Strat 199er Pairs (200/100/50)*
Fri Jun 24, 2016
2016 First State SOUTHERN Sectional 10 AM Strat Open Pairs (Open/2000/750)* Strat 199er Pairs (200/100/50)*
Thu Jun 23, 2016
2016 First State SOUTHERN Sectional 10 AM Strat Open Pairs (Open/2000/750)* Strat 199er Pairs (200/100/50/20)*
Thu Jun 23, 2016
2016 First State SOUTHERN Sectional, 3 PM Strat Open Pairs (Open/2000/750)* Strat 199er Pairs (200/100/50)*
Sat Apr 30, 2016
DSBA 2016 Pro-Am Game South location
Sat Apr 30, 2016
DSBA 2016 Pro-Am Game North location
Calendar
Sun Feb 19, 2017
Stratified 199er Pairs
Lewes Presbyterian Church 3:00 PM
Fri Feb 24, 2017
STRATIFIED OPEN PAIRS
BRIDGE STUDIO 10:00
Director: ALAN HODESBLATT
Host: UNIT 190
Fri Feb 24, 2017
STRATIFIED 199ER PAIRS
10:00
Director: ALAN HODESBLATT
Fri Feb 24, 2017
STRATIFIED OPEN PAIRS
BRIDGE STUDIO 2:30
Director: ALAN HODESBLATT
Fri Feb 24, 2017
STRATIFIED 199ER PAIRS
BRIDGE STUDIO 2:30
Director: ALAN HODESBLATT
Sat Feb 25, 2017
FLIGHT A/X PAIRS
BRIDGE STUDIO 10:00
Director: ALAN HODESBLATT
  (Partner?)
Sat Feb 25, 2017
FLIGHT B/C/D PAIRS
BRIDGE STUDIO 10:00
Director: ALAN HODESBLATT
Sat Feb 25, 2017
STRATIFIED 199ER PAIRS
BRIDGE STUDIO 10:00
Director: ALAN HODESBLATT
Sat Feb 25, 2017
FLIGHT A/X PAIRS
BRIDGE STUDIO 2:30
Director: ALAN HODESBLATT
Sat Feb 25, 2017
FLIGHT B/C/D PAIRS
BRIDGE STUDIO 2:30
Director: ALAN HODESBLATT
Sat Feb 25, 2017
STRATIFIED 199ER PAIRS
BRIDGE STUDIO 2:30
Director: ALAN HODESBLATT
Sun Feb 26, 2017
A/X SWISS TEAMS
BRIDGE STUDIO 10:00
Director: ALAN HODESBLATT
Sun Feb 26, 2017
BRACKETED B/C/D TEAMS
BRIDGE STUDIO 10:00
Director: ALAN HODESBLATT
Tue Mar 7, 2017
299er Stratified Pairs
Bridge Studio 10:00 AM
Director: TBD
Tue Mar 7, 2017
299er Stratified Pairs
Bridge Studio 1:00 PM
Director: TBD
The Dummy

November 2016 Dummy.pdf

Click on this box for the latest issue of The Dummy, DSBA's quarterly newsletter.

For previous issues click the yellow Dummy Archives button on the left hand menu. 

Results
Sun Sep 18, 2016
Diamond State Sectional Sunday Swiss Teams Flights A/X and B/C/D
Sat Sep 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
Fri Sep 16, 2016
Diamond State Sectonal Fri AM Strat Open and 199er Pairs (Single Session)
Fri Sep 16, 2016
Diamond State Sectional Fri Aft Strat Open and 199er Pairs (Single Session)
Sat Aug 27, 2016
DE State Open Pairs Championship, session one of two, open and 99 er pairs
Sat Aug 27, 2016
DE State Open Pairs Championship, session one of two, open and 99 er pairs
Sat Aug 27, 2016
DE State Open Pairs Championship, session two of two, open and 99 er pairs
Sat Aug 27, 2016
DE State Open Pairs Championship, session two of two, open and 99 er pairs
Sat Jun 25, 2016
2016 First State SOUTHERN Sectional A/X Swiss Teams (3000+/ 0-3000) & TBA B/C/D Swiss Teams (1500/750/300)
Fri Jun 24, 2016
2016 First State SOUTHERN Sectional 3 PM Strat Open Pairs (Open/2000/750)* Strat 199er Pairs (200/100/50)*
Fri Jun 24, 2016
2016 First State SOUTHERN Sectional 10 AM Strat Open Pairs (Open/2000/750)* Strat 199er Pairs (200/100/50)*
Thu Jun 23, 2016
2016 First State SOUTHERN Sectional 10 AM Strat Open Pairs (Open/2000/750)* Strat 199er Pairs (200/100/50/20)*
Thu Jun 23, 2016
2016 First State SOUTHERN Sectional, 3 PM Strat Open Pairs (Open/2000/750)* Strat 199er Pairs (200/100/50)*
Sat Apr 30, 2016
DSBA 2016 Pro-Am Game South location
Sat Apr 30, 2016
DSBA 2016 Pro-Am Game North location
Calendar
Sun Feb 19, 2017
Stratified 199er Pairs
Lewes Presbyterian Church 3:00 PM
Fri Feb 24, 2017
STRATIFIED OPEN PAIRS
BRIDGE STUDIO 10:00
Director: ALAN HODESBLATT
Host: UNIT 190
Fri Feb 24, 2017
STRATIFIED 199ER PAIRS
10:00
Director: ALAN HODESBLATT
Fri Feb 24, 2017
STRATIFIED OPEN PAIRS
BRIDGE STUDIO 2:30
Director: ALAN HODESBLATT
Fri Feb 24, 2017
STRATIFIED 199ER PAIRS
BRIDGE STUDIO 2:30
Director: ALAN HODESBLATT
Sat Feb 25, 2017
FLIGHT A/X PAIRS
BRIDGE STUDIO 10:00
Director: ALAN HODESBLATT
  (Partner?)
Sat Feb 25, 2017
FLIGHT B/C/D PAIRS
BRIDGE STUDIO 10:00
Director: ALAN HODESBLATT
Sat Feb 25, 2017
STRATIFIED 199ER PAIRS
BRIDGE STUDIO 10:00
Director: ALAN HODESBLATT
Sat Feb 25, 2017
FLIGHT A/X PAIRS
BRIDGE STUDIO 2:30
Director: ALAN HODESBLATT
Sat Feb 25, 2017
FLIGHT B/C/D PAIRS
BRIDGE STUDIO 2:30
Director: ALAN HODESBLATT
Sat Feb 25, 2017
STRATIFIED 199ER PAIRS
BRIDGE STUDIO 2:30
Director: ALAN HODESBLATT
Sun Feb 26, 2017
A/X SWISS TEAMS
BRIDGE STUDIO 10:00
Director: ALAN HODESBLATT
Sun Feb 26, 2017
BRACKETED B/C/D TEAMS
BRIDGE STUDIO 10:00
Director: ALAN HODESBLATT
Tue Mar 7, 2017
299er Stratified Pairs
Bridge Studio 10:00 AM
Director: TBD
Tue Mar 7, 2017
299er Stratified Pairs
Bridge Studio 1:00 PM
Director: TBD