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NO FEAR BRIDGE
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Everyone Welcome.

2018 CHRISTMAS LUNCH
2018 CHRISTMAS LUNCH

It was to good to see Diana at the Hol;iday Inn. How thoughtful of Mary to bring her along to our 'Away Days.'

2016 GLOBETROTTING
2016 GLOBETROTTING

Do you know where Val and Keith are? I wonder if they played Bridge or just held good hands!

BARBARA DICK-CLELAND TROPHY
BARBARA DICK-CLELAND TROPHY

Congratulations to Jill Cadley and Marion Lawrence for winning the Barbara Dick-Cleland Trophy.

Spring Play Quiz
SPRING PLAY QUIZ

Well done to everybody who had a go at our "Spring Play Quiz"...............I either made it too difficult or you were all too busy to send in your answers which is a shame as the Omar Sharif DVD is well worth watching.................David and Cathy Smith had the most correct answers scoring eleven and a half out of a possible fifteen...............well done indeed as there were some tricky ones! 

I will leave the hands on the website incase you would like to see the answers but please ask Omar if you disagree not me!!

You cannot change the bidding or the lead as they are set. Your task is to identify the best line of play in the given contract with the set lead. You are also playing against the best defence so you cannot decide on a  play which allows you to win, whilst making the opponents play the card of your choice!!

SPRING PLAY QUIZ (HAND 1)

You are sitting North you must make thirteen tricks with spades as trumps?.The lead is 7S from East. You have eleven top tricks (4S + 1H + 2D + 4C = 11TT)............. Question 1........Where are the other two tricks?

Answer 1) There are two diamond ruffs in Norths hand which you must take before drawing the last trump.................... Draw two rounds of trumps and then play the diamonds.

SPRING PLAY QUIZ (HAND 2)

You are sitting North. The contract is "Four Hearts". East leads A/K&J Diamonds.

You can see (2S+5H+0D+3C=10TT). What is the safest way to be certain of making your ten tricks before your opponents make theirs?

Remember you cannot see the opponents cards when you are playing.

Question 2...............Which card do you play from dummy (South) at trick three and why?

Answer 2) You should play the 2 (loser on loser play).................The 4can later be discarded on J.

SPRING PLAY QUIZ (HAND 3)

Contract 4H by South. You need ten tricks. West leads the QD. .............You have only four top tricks (1S+1H+2D+0C=4TT). You can see another 5 certain tricks in Hearts which makes nine but you still need one more.

Question 3.........Name the three cards you play from South's hand on trick 1, 2 & 3 and your reasons why.

Answer 3) Trick One  K...............Trick Two A................Trick Three Q losing to K................Opponents will return a diamond at trick fuur which you can win with the Ace in dummy and now you can......................play your winning J discarding your losing diamond.

SPRING PLAY QUIZ (HAND 4)

The contract is "Four Hearts" by South. The lead is 10S byWest. You need ten tricks. You can see ( 1S+2H+0D+5C=8TT) and at least three more in the trump suit (Hearts)............Plenty!............or is it what are the "Threats"......The Defence would like one Spade trick, one Heart trick and 2/3 Diamond tricks........Contract off!..............Think for a minute..... how it is best to play this hand to be sure of making your 10 tricks before the opponents take theirs? You must take the first trick with AS or your contract will fail.

Question 4..What do you play at trick 2 from the North & South hands and why?

Answer 4) Win trick one with the A and immediately start to draw trumps (You must have one losing trump) At trick two play 7to 2 losing the first round of trumps..................This early duck enables you to keep control of the diamond suit.............If the opponents switch to diamonds you can ruff the third diamond on the table. If they continue with trumps you can discard your losing diamond on the clubs.

SPRING PLAY QUIZ (HAND 5)

The contract is "Four Spades " by North. The lead is 9S by East, You need to make ten tricks. You can see four losers (2S+1H+1C). .......Contract one off............. Can you reduce these losers to three so that you can make your contract? You need a "Cunning plan"............You must take the first trick with the AS so that you can put your plan into action. 

Question 5..Which card do you play from North at trick two and why?

Answer 5) Take trick one with A and immediately set about reducing your losers..........Your  cunning plan is to establish a club trick on which to discard a losing heart..................You need to finesse the clubs twice hoping for split honours.................Your cunning plan works and your contract is safe...................At trick two you must lead a small club.

SPRING PLAY QUIZ (HAND 6)

Contract 3NT by South. Lead 3C by West. You need nine tricks. You can see (1S+1H+0D+1C=3TT) and of course 6 tricks in Diamonds once the opponents take their AD.

Question 6.............Which cards do you play on West's 3C lead at trick one (North and South) and why?

Answer 6) At trick one you must play Q from North and overtake it with A from South.This willl give you an entry to dummies diamond suit if defence hold up their A........which they will!

SPRING PLAY QUIZ (HAND 7)

You are South playing in "Four Spades". The lead is 10H by West. You can see (6S+1H+0D+1C=8TT) so you need two more. You win trick one with the Ace of Hearts in hand.

Question 7.............What do you lead at trick two? How do you plan to make those two tricks needed to make the contract?

Answer 7) At trick two lead a diamond. This will enable you to trump one diamond in dummy.....................Defence will swich to spades when they see your short diamond suit in the dummy but continue with your cunning plan and you will get a diamond ruff...................Your second trick will come from the club suit.

SPRING PLAY QUIZ (HAND 8)

Contract "Four Hearts" by South. Lead JD by West. You have got four possible losers - one in each suit. Is there any way you can reduce your losers to three?

Question 8................Where do you win the first trick and why?............Which suit and card do you play next?

Answer 8) You need to win the first trick with K in South..................DO NOT DRAW TRUMPS AS YOU MAY LOSE THE LEAD..............you have a job to do first.............you need to reduce your four possible losers (one in each suit) to three..............At trick two lead a low club towards the Q hoping the King sits with West.................This enables you to discard a losing diamond on A......contract making.

SPRING PLAY QUIZ (HAND 9)

Contract 3NT by South, The 9D is lead by West taken by South with the KD and the QD fell. You can now see (2S+2H+4D+0C=8TT) so you only need one more - where is it?

Question 9.........Which card do you play at trick two and why - where is your certain ninth trick?

Answer 9) At trick two play the K as you only need one trick from this suit to make the contract..............................They will take it with the A leaving you with the Jack and the ten. You must take any return and lose another club by leading the J and losing to their Q................................but you have now established a trick (10) in dummy while you still have an entry with A.................................This is an example of the short suit providing the extra trick.

SPrING PLAY QUIZ (HAND 10)

Contract "Four Spades" by South, West leads A/K/Q D, now you need all the remaining tricks. Opponents continue with 8H..........

Question 10....................Where do you win Trick 4. Which suit do you play next and how? (Trick 5.6,7)

Answer 10) You have lost three diamond tricks already...............so you need the rest but although you have eight trumps......they have five including the 10 so you caannot afford to use up two of yours on one trick.......................therefore lay a low trump to the A/Q and when the queen holds play out your A................your only chance is if West held the King/doubleton of Spades and the king drops...........it does!

SPRING PLAY QUIZ (HAND 11 )

The contract is " Four Hearts" by South. West leads 10D which is won by East with the AD. East cashes the KD and then switches to 8S. You can now only afford to lose one more trick but the trump suit is not strong and you could easily lose two tricks.

Question 11............. How should you play the hearts suit to give yourself the best chance of losing only one more trick (AH) and thus making your contract?

Answer 11) You can only afford to lose one heart trick...................you cannot afford to let your King or Queen fall under the Ace........................As East opened the bidding you must place him with the missing A  ...................cross to dummy and lead a low heart towards your K which holds.................your only chance is if East holds Ace/doubleton heart.................so lead a low heart from hand and duck in dummy (2,10,4, Ace)........This is the only way the contract will make, if you cover the 10 with your Q it will be taken by the opponents A and their J will be promoted..............contract one off.

SPRING PLAY QUIZ (HAND 12)

The contract is "Six Hearts" by South. West leads KC which you take with AC in your hand. You can now see two losers (The AS and QC)

Question 12..............Is there any way that you can reduce your losers to one and make twelve tricks?

Answer 12) You need to get rid of one of your losers (Kor Q).................The only chance is to discard K but how?.........................Look at the diamond suit your only chance is if the Q sits with East...................Cross to North with a heart and lead a low diamond towards the K/J, playing the Jack, which holds.................play the K then back across to North with another heart to cash the A discarding K...................contract makes. Note that a Spade lead followed by a club would have defeated the contract.

SPRING PLAY QUIZ (HAND 13)

The contract is 3NT by South, West leads the two of hearts which you duck (Rule of 7) but are forced to take the second trick with AH in hand

Question 13..........................Which card should you play next - and why?

Answer 13) Next you play the K to establish the Q.................You lose A and three heart tricks................but if you try the Spade finesse you will lose K, A and three hearts, contract one off.

SPRING PLAY QUIZ (HAND 14)

Contract 3NT by South. West leads 7S giving you (2S+1H+3D+2C=8TT) .You only need one more trick to make your contract. The Diamonds look good for extra tricks but take care........

Question 14........Which card should you lead at trick 2, and why?

Answer 14) At trick two you should lead a club, followed by two further rounds of clubs .......hoping to establish a club trick in Dummy before playing the diamonds. If this does not work you can still play for the diamonds breaking 3/3 

SPRING PLAY QUIZ (HAND 15)

Contract "Six Clubs" by South. Lead JH by West. You can see (1S+1H+5C+4D=11TT). You need one more trick can you see it? Your first thought is to duck the JH in Dummy to preserve your AH entry to the Diamond suit once unblocked and also promote the QH in your hand for your 12th  trick. But take care if the JH is a singleton E/W will get a club ruff.

Question 15.............Which cards should you play at trick one from dummy and from your hand and why?

Answer 15) You should play the A from dummy and the Q from hand.This enables you to create an entry to dummy's winning diamonds once you have unblocked the suit. The only trick you lose is K. This also guards againt West holding a singleton heart and subsequent ruff.