Duplicate bridge results and tip: ruff on the short side


By Valerie Rhead


A ruff occurs when a player uses a trump to take a trick when he does not have a card in the suit led.  Sometimes he is able to ruff because he was dealt a void.  Sometimes, he plays cards in a suit creating a void so he can ruff for extra tricks.

To get extra tricks by ruffing with trump, the declarer trumps on the “short side.  For example; the trump suit is spades.  There are five spades in one hand and three spades in partner’s hand.  If you lead out the five cards in the “long side” trump hand, you will get a maximum of five tricks.  If you have a void in clubs in the long hand, and ruff with two trump, you will still only get a maximum of five trump tricks.  However, if the void is in the trump short side, and you ruff two tricks, you may get five tricks plus two for a total of seven possible trump tricks.

You can certainly use the trump on the long side for entries, for control to stop the opponents from running a suit, or for getting rid of losers, but don’t figure that you’re making extra trump tricks when using trump on the long side.  You would get the same number of tricks in any case.

Sometimes you have a void in both the trump long side and short side hands.  Then you may be able to do a crossruff to score trumps in both hands.  When doing a crossruff, it is wise to cash your honours in the remaining suits early in the play.  Otherwise, the opponents may get in by ruffing one of your potential winners and will likely lead trump to reduce your ruffing power.

If you wish to promote an activity in your bridge group, send the information to [email protected] and I will include it in this column.

12 NOON Thursday, Oct 29, 2015 $20 per person
Gravenhurst Senior’s Centre 480 First Street North

Please arrange your foursome and bring cards for your table. For tickets call Nancy Barber 375-3620 [email protected] or Cathy Genereux 687-2157 [email protected]

TOURNAMENT TRAIL:  Silver Points, Barrie
One Day Sunday Swiss 11:00 AM Nov 1, 2015

Your opportunity for fun and to earn silver points in a one day double session tournament Swiss Teams with stratification A = 1000+, B = 300-1000, C = 0-300, $120 per team, Royal Canadian Legion, 410 St.Vincent, Barrie, enter off Ferris Lane.  Pre-registration is NOT required.  Just come with your team of four, thirty minutes early.

Seminars and Games for both Duplicate and Social Rubber Bridge
Friday – Sunday Nov 6-8, 2015  

This is another opportunity to continue the learning process that never ends. For more information and  registration, go to http://www.fernresort.com OR (705)325-2256, 1-800-567-337


Games for the Huntsville Club are Tuesday evening 7:15, Trinity United Church 33 Main Street.  Please arrive at least 15 minutes early.  Call Betty 705-789-2560 [email protected] or Susan at 705-789-7156 [email protected] for information and partnerships.

The following results are for Tuesday, Oct 6 with 9 tables playing a Mitchell movement. North-South 1. Bob Schives and Bruce Elliott; 2. Marjorie Clark and John Clark; 3. Jim Smith and Ralph Mitchell; 4. Betty Fagin and Brian Brocklehurst; East-West  1. Vern Foell and Don Norman; 2. Mary Simonett and Kel Andresen; 3. Susan Marshall and Betty Bennett; 4/5 Art Insley and Rod Dixon; 4/5 Mary Whitehead and Helen Pearson


Games at the Bracebridge Club are at the Knox Presbyterian Church, 120 Taylor Road 7pm Monday evenings. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before game time. For information or partnerships, call Brian at 705-645-5340 [email protected]

The following results are for Monday, Oct 5 with 9 tables playing a Mitchell movement. North-South 1. Sue Scott and Pat Davies; 2. Pamela Jardine and Ralph Mitchell; 3. Ralph Hair and Gerrry Flaherty; 4. Betty Fagin and Brian Brocklehurst; East-West 1. David Bryce and Bob Schives; 2. Betty Rintoul and Bev Howard; 3. Fay MacDonald and Mary Whitehead; 4. Liz Barnes and Lyn Walisser

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