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Welcome to Unit 190
Monday 10/16 Board 27 Bridge Studio

Bridge is a difficult game. Consider this deal where declarer receives an apparent singleton 2♣ lead. How does declarer play to avoid three trump losers. And, how does the defense react? After considering how declarer should attack trump, and where to win the opening trick, look at all four hands, and reconsider. Oh, and as a defender, can you make declarer pay the price for not being able to see all the cards?

At one table, declarer won in hand and lead small to the J♠ . West ducked, east won with the A♠ , and gave partner a ruff. But that was it.  When declarer gets in the K♠ captures the remaining trump.  

At another table, declarer won in dummy, lead the J♠ .... East went up A♠ , with the same end result.  Which declarer got it right?  And should the defense make it more difficult?

When declarer leads small to the J♠ west should believe east has at least one spade honor.  If so, the defense is always winning that trick as well as a ruff.  They can do better if west rises with the Q♠ .  Then when east gets in with the A♠ , can give west a ruff.  But if east held the K♠ east must overtake and give partner the ruff immediately.

When declarer leads the J♠ from dummy, east does best to duck, setting up three tricks if declarer does not go up with the K♠ .  On the auction it is not clear that declarer holds only 5 spades. So west ducking risks losing a second trump trick when declarer is Kxxxxx.

Declarers best play is to win the opening lead in dummy and lead to the K♠(either low or J) . West is almost forced to rise with the A♠ when he has it and give partner a ruff. When west doesn't hold the A♠ declarer can force east to win, minimizing the chance of a ruff. 

Wednesday 10/18 Board 32 Bridge Studio

Another fascinating trump suit dilemma, for both declarer and defender. This time you are sitting north, defending 2 .  You lead a club to the A♣ , a low club is returned, declarer winning.  Declarer now leads a third club, on which you discard an encouraging diamond, dummy ruffing low.  Declarer now leads a low trump to the A , and then the 4 to the now singleton J .  Do you rise with the Q ? (Who has the K ?).  

After considerable thought north chose to duck, expecting south to hold the then singleton K .  But declarer held it instead!  Why doesn't declarer cash the K ? Because she is also missing the 10 , which of course north can't see.

There is a risk to declarer's choice.  Let's say north originally held Qx . Now now would be forced to play the Q  and reading souths low club return as suit preference in diamonds, could now lead a diamond away from the A to south's K , win the return and give partner a ruff.

What choice would you make?

North American Pairs - ACBL's annual grass roots event
North American Pairs - ACBL's annual grass roots event

 TWO QUALIFYING EVENTS IN DISTRICT 4 WERE HELD THIS WEEKEND.  THE WINNERS ARE LISTED BELOW

 

 

 

ONLINE LEARNING TOOLS
ONLINE LEARNING TOOLS

There are many resources available to assist bridge players in improving their game. Some of the best are available free and online.  This month we highlight learning resources provided by "LEARNBRIDGE.NYC".  Whether your interest is declarer play, conventions, defense, or strategy, LEARNBRIDGE.NYC can help.  Click on the link image below to go directly to their site.

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August 2017 DUMMY

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Fall 299er Sectional Coming in October
Fall 299er Sectional Coming in October

The 299 sectional in the spring was so well attended and so much fun, we decided to do it again.

Mark your calendar now  October 24, 2017

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Results
Sep 23, 2017
Open Pairs Championship Second Session, Final Results
Sep 23, 2017
Open Pairs Championship First Session
Sep 17, 2017
A/X Teams
Sep 16, 2017
Saturday Morning Session
Sep 16, 2017
Saturday Afternoon Session
Sep 15, 2017
Friday Afternoon Session
Sep 15, 2017
Friday Morning Session
Aug 26, 2017
Saturday Morning Session
Aug 26, 2017
Saturday Afternoon Session
Jul 29, 2017
Saturday Session
Jul 28, 2017
Friday Morning Session
Jul 28, 2017
Friday Afternoon Session
Jul 27, 2017
Thursday Morning Session
Jul 27, 2017
Thursday Afternoon Session
Apr 29, 2017
Eight is Enough North
Calendar
Oct 24, 2017
299er Sectional first session
Bridge Studio
Director: TBA
Host: DSBA
Oct 24, 2017
299er Sectional second session
Bridge Studio
Director: TBA
Click for the latest results
The Dummy AUGUST 2017
The Dummy  AUGUST 2017

August 2017 DUMMY

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

Fall 299er Sectional Coming in October
Fall 299er Sectional Coming in October

The 299 sectional in the spring was so well attended and so much fun, we decided to do it again.

Mark your calendar now  October 24, 2017

Get the Details Now!

Results
Sep 23, 2017
Open Pairs Championship Second Session, Final Results
Sep 23, 2017
Open Pairs Championship First Session
Sep 17, 2017
A/X Teams
Sep 16, 2017
Saturday Morning Session
Sep 16, 2017
Saturday Afternoon Session
Sep 15, 2017
Friday Afternoon Session
Sep 15, 2017
Friday Morning Session
Aug 26, 2017
Saturday Morning Session
Aug 26, 2017
Saturday Afternoon Session
Jul 29, 2017
Saturday Session
Jul 28, 2017
Friday Morning Session
Jul 28, 2017
Friday Afternoon Session
Jul 27, 2017
Thursday Morning Session
Jul 27, 2017
Thursday Afternoon Session
Apr 29, 2017
Eight is Enough North
Calendar
Oct 24, 2017
299er Sectional first session
Bridge Studio
Director: TBA
Host: DSBA
Oct 24, 2017
299er Sectional second session
Bridge Studio
Director: TBA