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Hand of the Week
Interesting hand from the Regent Premier League Teams: "Teams Tactics" - courtesy of MN Peter Stewart
After West opened with their shapely 5-5 hand, N/S bid to game with the sequence shown above (*INT = 15 -18 maybe no spade stop / **2D = transfer / ***2NT positive / ****3C feature only 3 points but 8 1/2 loser hand)
Partner leads S2 and dummy goes down....
So you win with SK and think ok if I get a diamond ruff I get this down.
Do I cash the spade first recognizing dummy has 3 and therefore declarer has only 2? No - because that makes it too easy for declarer to get a ruff in hand. Lets play D switch and hope partner has H or D entry. So D switch and declarer let the Diamond return run to the jack in dummy, with partner indicating no interest in diamonds. Declarer declines to take out trumps (looks like he might have only 3 and missing 1 of A or K) and rather ruffs a club in dummy and leads a spade.....
So what now?? If you woodenly go up the spade ace and switch to a heart hoping for partner to have the A or for declarer to leave it round to the Q, declarer can go up the A, ruff a club, ruff a spade, and game over!!!
You know declarer is a capable player, and he needs a spade ruff in hand before he plays trumps.
But to get the contract down we will need another spade a trump trick from dummy and a ruff by me so you must think about how to get partner in?
Does partner have the spade Q (in which case you DUCK the 2nd spade hoping your partner has the Queen) OR do they have the Ace of Hearts?
The answer is what card their play in Diamonds defines which card they have!
On the diamond return from you - clearly a singleton - and declarer playing low from hand to finish in dummy, the card played by partner is a SP card and defines where lies his entry.
With you playing the King at trick one partner knows that you hold the Ace, therefore the Queen of spades is an entry for the diamond ruff.
The ten of diamonds at trick two clears up the problem - with the Jack of spades and the Ace of hearts East would play a low diamond - again SP.
So you can safely DUCK the 2nd spade letting it run to your partners Queen and down one!! Any other play and declarer makes his contract!
Tip: Teams Tactics - When defending, be sure to agree with partner as to what kind of signals you're using - the situation sometimes defines the card you play, and this is your way to communicate
Board # 17, 29th October 2019: "Splinter on the way to Game"
How often do you hear the question asked: “How many points had you”? (9 and 16 – we should have enough for game.)
Good distribution is frequently more valuable than high card points. East is well worth a splinter bid of 4C, showing a club singleton or void, four card trump support, and control of three suits.
West with wasted values in clubs and minimum values will simply sign off in 4H.
In the play a club lead makes life difficult for declarer. They will need to play a spade towards the queen early as if declarer draws trumps they will run out of steam. A cross ruff after establishing a spade trick is the best way to 10 tricks.
Tip: Splinter when you at least have values for game - it allows your partner to evaluate their hand
HAND OF THE WEEK
Board # 4, 15th October 2019: "Don't leave the Gate Open"
W N E S
P 1S 3H P
West with good trump support should should raise his partner’s 3H bid to 4H. North has a difficult decision after the initial pass fom partner. In practice he will be tempted to bid 4S. It is not easy to introduce the four card diamond suit at the five level. If West had passed and left the gate open it is much easier for North to introduce his diamond suit at a lower level.
In a 4S contract North can ruff the opening heart lead and enter dummy via the club Ace to enable him to take the successful spade finesse. In the later play he will be forced to play the diamonds from hand, drop the singleton kingand so a losing club will disappear on the long diamond.
Tip: Support your partner early on – dont leave the gate open for the bull to break in.
BRAY SWISS CONGRESS 2019
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Many, many thanks to everyone who helped out with the organisation and running of the Congress last weekend!!
Anne Daly did a phenomenal job, and we were inundated with offers of help from our members, and it was this combined effort which ensured such a successful weekend!!!
And very well done also to all our members who played in and did well at the Congress!!!
2nd Michael McAuliffe & Sandra Newell
3rd Brendan Martin & Mamie MacCormac
Best Local John Noonan & Eileen Vickers
3rd Rory Egan & partner
Congress Swiss Pairs
1st BJ O'Brien & Alan O'Sullivan
2nd Norbert van Woerkom & partner
4th Sandra Newell & Richard Elvin
1st Session Dolores Gilliland & partner
Congress Swiss Teams
1st Michael McAuliffe, Sandra Newell, John Noonan, Carol-Ann Cummins
3rd Norbert van Woerkom, Justin Corfield and partners
2nd Session Richard Elvin & John Comyn, and Kathleen Vaughan & partner
Best Area Master Mary O'Toole & Alan Hardie and teammates
BRAY SWISS CONGRESS 2019
It's fast approching that time of year again!!!!!!
Friday 30th August - 1st September in the Royal Hotel Bray!!!
Last year was a sell-out (limited to 68 tables) so entries through the CBAI online booking tool or to Anne Daly 086 2596889 or firstname.lastname@example.org!!!
Holmes Wilson 2019
Very well done to all our members who did so well this year!!
It was fiercely contested & the outcome was still in doubt up to the last round, but 1st place was claimed by Adam Mesbur!!!
Very well done also to David Jackson (2nd place) and BJ O' Brien (5th place)
Congratulations & well done to all!!!
Results found here -->
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Great fun was had by all! :-)
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Congratulations to our members who did so well in recent events!
Spiro National Mixed Pairs 19th October 2019
1st - Kathleen Vaughan & Richard Elvin
2nd - Mairead Haugh & Justin Corfield
5th - Carol-Ann Cummins & John Noonan
1st Session - Eileen O'Donovan & partner
2nd Session - Maria Whelan & partner
Coen National Mixed Teams 20th October 2019
2nd - Richard Elvin & Kathleen Vaughan and teammates
4th - Peter Stewart and Maria Whelan and teammates
Best MR - Michelle Moloney & Tiernan Hall and teammates
Results here =>
Seamus O' Gorman Trophy 4th October
1st Alan O'Sullivan & BJ O'Brien
2nd Catherine M E McCann & Brendan Martin
3rd Eimir Beirne & John Comyn
Results here ->
Drogheda Confined Pairs
3rd Maurice Coleman & Shane Smyth
Drogheda Congress Pairs
1st BJ O'Brien & partner
Drogheda Congress Pairs 2nd Session Prize
1st Michelle Moloney & partner
Drogheda Congress Teams
2nd Michelle Moloney & teammates
IBU Egan Trophy - Champions Cup - top 10 teams in Ireland
3rd BJ O' Brien & teammates
IBU Club Pairs (Masters) - 2019
2nd Theresa Rigney & partner
3rd Sandra Newell & Michael McAuliffe
4th John Noonan & Carol-Ann Cummins
National Mens and Womens Weekend - 2019
Revington Cup - National Mens Pairs (34 tables)
2nd John Noonan & Alan O' Sullivan
Jackson Cup - National Womens Pairs (47 tables)
3rd Sandra Newell & Carol-Ann Cummins
McMenamin Bowl - National Womens Teams (50 teams)
1st Dolores Gilliland
2nd Catherine McCann & Rita O' Neill
4th Maria Whelan & Eileen O' Donovan
5th Sandra Newell & Carol-Ann Cummins
Geraldine Trophy - National Mens Teams (39 teams)
5th Richard Elvin
Dublin Summer Congress (27th - 29th July)
3rd Mairead Haugh & Justin Corfield
1st BJ O’ Brien & David Jackson
3rd Sandra Newell & Theresa Rigney
2nd Richard Elvin & John Noonan and teammates
3rd Peter Stewart & Dolores Gilliland and teammates
CBAI National Pairs Finals (24th - 25th March)
Davidson Cup Master Pairs
1st BJ O'Brien & partner
3rd John Noonan & Carol-Ann Cummins
Laird Cup Intermediate Pairs
5th Vincent Wallace & partner
IBU Seniors Congress (20th - 22nd March)
IBU Senior Teams (Pat McDevitt Trophy)
2nd Maria Whelan & teammates
IBU Senior Congress Pairs (Pat McDevitt Trophy)
5th BJ O'Brien & partner
Open Pairs (wednesday night)
1st Rita and Michael Riordan
IBU Senior Trials (16th - 18th March)
1st BJ O'Brien
Clonmel Bridge Congress (16th - 18th March)
1st Martin Brady & partner
2nd Maria Whelan & Dolores Gilliland & teammates
EBL National Women's and Seniors' Pairs Ostend