What a great long weekend, and how lucky we are to live or summer in this district.
Summer residents were back playing at our Parry Sound Bridge Club this last Tuesday, July 3, were Gwen Brison, Brenda Burnett, Holly Lipsett, Malkin Howes, Gay Halpenny, Karen Pepperall, and Jaynne Gosling.
Jerry Daley’s daughter Reta Morrison from the West Coast is here visiting for the summer, and we are happy that she loves to play bridge.
Birthday wishes went out to Anne Brown and what a party they held for her, fireworks and all. Her birth date is July 1.
Bob Jarvis introduced defensive play during Chalk Talk. He started with questions and answers of what to lead against a suit contract when your partner has bid a suit that you do not support.
He suggested that you lead the highest card if only holding a doubleton, and the lowest card with three or more, even if you do not have an honor.
If you do support your partner’s bid suit, leading a low card promises an honour in that suit, if not, top card led from your holding says that you are leading top of nothing.
When you are on lead, and your side has not bid at all, by leading an Ace, you are promising the king. Playing a king promises the queen, and so on. You are leading from the top of your sequence. When you lead a low card it promises your partner that you are holding an honor in that suit.
Never lead away from an ace against a suit contract. Aces are meant to trap Kings. When you do overcall a suit in the bidding, partner should make every effort to show or deny the Ace or King in that suit.
If no lead looks desirable, either lead the top of nothing, a singleton, or a trump. If you hold the trump A53, lead the 5, and when your side gets in play ace and then the three, especially if you think the opponents are going to cross ruff the hand.
A Mitchell movement was played and after the scores were tallied the winners were as follows:
North/South: First and first overall, Bob Jarvis – Holly Lipsett; second, James Macfie – Chris Haxell; third, Mary Stricker – Mel Prideaux; fourth, Malkin Howes – Nora Robinson; and fifth, Jerry Daley - Reta Morrison.
East/West: First, Chris Beck – Ken Burgoyne; second, Anne – Ross Brown; third, Lissa Lowes - Bob Fedossa; fourth, Gay Halpenny – Karen Pepperall; and fifth, Gail Payne – John Ducklow.
Game results can be found in the Parry Sound section of the following website http://www.unit238.bridge-club.org/node/97
The Parry Sound Bridge Club is an ACBL sanctioned duplicate game, and is held every Tuesday afternoon in the West Parry Sound Seguin Drop-In Centre, 80 James Street, Parry Sound, Ontario. Chalk Talk starts at 12:30 p.m. and the duplicate game starts sharply at 1 p.m. You must be there by 12:45 p.m. to register. If you are alone, you will be matched with a partner. For further information please contact Ann Szarka 705 389-3660