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

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

 

 

Wednesday 02/22 Board 4 Bridge Studio

North leads the J♠ .  Dummy comes down.  There are 10 tricks off the top.  Hearts or clubs will generate and 11th trick, and a twelfth if you are lucky.  Plenty of chances...What's your plan to maximize chances of making six, or possibly 7NT?

Getting to slam on this hand is the easy part.  Making it...not so much.  Eleven tricks are guaranteed if declarer starts with clubs or hearts,..... maybe. With luck the same suit will produce the 12th trick.  Deciding which is a bit tricky. They way to twelve tricks through clubs is either to play AK♣ hoping to drop the Q♣ or finesse twice through south (which works), a less likely to succeed option.  The reason not to attack clubs first is that neither path to four tricks in clubs assures three club tricks. (To assure 3 tricks in clubs play to the A♣ then lead small to J9♣ , covering unless Q♣ is played from north). In hearts, a winning finesse assures 12 tricks , a losing finesse guarantees 11 tricks and preserves chances for a 12th Trick squeeze.....if only the fourth heart were in dummy.  Umm?

At the table I would start Clubs, playing AK♣ , which in this case fails, then rely on the heart finesse, which loses...down two!  So maybe A♣ and when neither Q or 10 appear play small to the J9♣ assuring 3 tricks?  Then the spade diamond squeeze executes.  Your thoughts?

 

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Monday Evening 02/20 Board 18 Bridge Studio

North leads the Q♣. Dummy comes down, prospects are good. Perhaps 2 club losers, and a diamond, if all goes well, but.....   Whats your plan?

If you played the K♣ at trick 1, south will win the A♣ and return a club.  When north leads a third club, south pitches a heart, and the defense will get four tricks. Declarer will ruff, draw two rounds of trump and play hearts.  Because of the discard, south can ruff the third heart.  Even if declarer discards a second diamond, best, he still loses two clubs and two diamonds.

A better play is to duck the club lead at trick one.  When north continues clubs, duck again.  This way west never has an opportunity to discard a heart.  Win the diamond return from south with the A♦ , play the AK♠ , and lead hearts, discarding diamonds.  When south ruffs the fourth heart, declarer discards the last diamond (loser on loser), to hold losses to three tricks.

Note that the K♣ could have been used for a heart discard had south been the one to show out of trump.

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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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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

 

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Updated Name Comments
Feb 21, 2017 16:02 EST Mark Point well made Rick. Tried to do a bit too much with the 4th seat 1S opener. Got what I deserved.
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 D Final

Back to you.  Are you sitting for the double, bidding 3NT?, 4 ?  Ehh. 

This is the final question on Board 19.  For parts A, B, and C,  go to "Bridge Hands from the Club".

If partner is doubling he must have Something more than just shape. If I pass I expect a plus score, so if I bid I'll bid a game, and I'd better make it!.  Partner is not expecting pass...but he's also not expecting 3NT!  Thats my call. South is likely to have the missing spade honors, and little else.  If holds an outside King I may have two spade stoppers.  Four hearts is a gamble as partner is unlikely to have five hearts, and they may break poorly.

The results at the table amplify the challenges in the bidding . 3♠ down 1 or 2 is a good score for NS, while EW needs to both bid and make their vulnerable game to get a top.  Often they did not succeed.

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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. FOLLOW THE LINK BELOW FOR DETAILED INFORMATION.

 

Southern Sectional 2017

 

Results
Sep 18, 2016
Diamond State Sectional Sunday Swiss Teams Flights A/X and B/C/D
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
Sep 16, 2016
Diamond State Sectonal Fri AM Strat Open and 199er Pairs (Single Session)
Sep 16, 2016
Diamond State Sectional Fri Aft Strat Open and 199er Pairs (Single Session)
Aug 27, 2016
DE State Open Pairs Championship, session one of two, open and 99 er pairs
Aug 27, 2016
DE State Open Pairs Championship, session one of two, open and 99 er pairs
Aug 27, 2016
DE State Open Pairs Championship, session two of two, open and 99 er pairs
Calendar
Feb 25, 2017
FLIGHT A/X PAIRS
BRIDGE STUDIO 10:00
Director: ALAN HODESBLATT
Feb 25, 2017
FLIGHT B/C/D PAIRS
BRIDGE STUDIO 10:00
Director: ALAN HODESBLATT
Feb 25, 2017
STRATIFIED 199ER PAIRS
BRIDGE STUDIO 10:00
Director: ALAN HODESBLATT
Feb 25, 2017
FLIGHT A/X PAIRS
BRIDGE STUDIO 2:30
Director: ALAN HODESBLATT
Feb 25, 2017
FLIGHT B/C/D PAIRS
BRIDGE STUDIO 2:30
Director: ALAN HODESBLATT
Feb 25, 2017
STRATIFIED 199ER PAIRS
BRIDGE STUDIO 2:30
Director: ALAN HODESBLATT
Feb 26, 2017
A/X SWISS TEAMS
BRIDGE STUDIO 10:00
Director: ALAN HODESBLATT
  (Bookings)
Feb 26, 2017
BRACKETED B/C/D TEAMS
BRIDGE STUDIO 10:00
Director: ALAN HODESBLATT
Mar 7, 2017
299er Stratified Pairs
Bridge Studio 10:00 AM
Director: TBD
  (Partner?)
Jul 27, 2017
Stratified Open Pairs
Lewes Presbyterian Church 10:00 AM
Jul 27, 2017
Stratified 199er Pairs
Lewes Presbyterian Church 10:00 AM
Jul 27, 2017
Stratified Open Pairs
Lewes Presbyterian Church 3:00 PM
Director: TBD
Host: DSBA
Jul 28, 2017
Stratified Open Pairs
Lewes Presbyterian Church 10:00 AM
Director: TBD
Jul 28, 2017
Stratified 199er Pairs
Lewes Presbyterian Church 3:00 PM
Director: TBD
Jul 28, 2017
Stratified Open Pairs
Lewes Presbyterian Church 3:00 PM
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February 2017 Dummy

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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. FOLLOW THE LINK BELOW FOR DETAILED INFORMATION.

 

Southern Sectional 2017

 

Results
Sep 18, 2016
Diamond State Sectional Sunday Swiss Teams Flights A/X and B/C/D
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
Sep 16, 2016
Diamond State Sectonal Fri AM Strat Open and 199er Pairs (Single Session)
Sep 16, 2016
Diamond State Sectional Fri Aft Strat Open and 199er Pairs (Single Session)
Aug 27, 2016
DE State Open Pairs Championship, session one of two, open and 99 er pairs
Aug 27, 2016
DE State Open Pairs Championship, session one of two, open and 99 er pairs
Aug 27, 2016
DE State Open Pairs Championship, session two of two, open and 99 er pairs
Calendar
Feb 25, 2017
FLIGHT A/X PAIRS
BRIDGE STUDIO 10:00
Director: ALAN HODESBLATT
Feb 25, 2017
FLIGHT B/C/D PAIRS
BRIDGE STUDIO 10:00
Director: ALAN HODESBLATT
Feb 25, 2017
STRATIFIED 199ER PAIRS
BRIDGE STUDIO 10:00
Director: ALAN HODESBLATT
Feb 25, 2017
FLIGHT A/X PAIRS
BRIDGE STUDIO 2:30
Director: ALAN HODESBLATT
Feb 25, 2017
FLIGHT B/C/D PAIRS
BRIDGE STUDIO 2:30
Director: ALAN HODESBLATT
Feb 25, 2017
STRATIFIED 199ER PAIRS
BRIDGE STUDIO 2:30
Director: ALAN HODESBLATT
Feb 26, 2017
A/X SWISS TEAMS
BRIDGE STUDIO 10:00
Director: ALAN HODESBLATT
  (Bookings)
Feb 26, 2017
BRACKETED B/C/D TEAMS
BRIDGE STUDIO 10:00
Director: ALAN HODESBLATT
Mar 7, 2017
299er Stratified Pairs
Bridge Studio 10:00 AM
Director: TBD
  (Partner?)
Jul 27, 2017
Stratified Open Pairs
Lewes Presbyterian Church 10:00 AM
Jul 27, 2017
Stratified 199er Pairs
Lewes Presbyterian Church 10:00 AM
Jul 27, 2017
Stratified Open Pairs
Lewes Presbyterian Church 3:00 PM
Director: TBD
Host: DSBA
Jul 28, 2017
Stratified Open Pairs
Lewes Presbyterian Church 10:00 AM
Director: TBD
Jul 28, 2017
Stratified 199er Pairs
Lewes Presbyterian Church 3:00 PM
Director: TBD
Jul 28, 2017
Stratified Open Pairs
Lewes Presbyterian Church 3:00 PM