By Valerie Rhead
SHORTNESS IN THE DUMMY
GETTING RID OF LOSERS
“Shortness in the Dum-mee! Shortness in the Dum-mee!” Often newer players are told to get out the trump first thing. This is true but only if there is a reason not to. A reason not to occurs when you have non-trump shortness somewhere in the dummy. This allows you to ruff losers with dummy’s trump and thus to make extra trump tricks. If you already have drawn the trump, you may not have trumps left in dummy to ruff losers.
For example: You have the Ace, King of Clubs and two little ones in your hand and two small Clubs in dummy. At the first opportunity, play your Ace, King and then lead the small clubs from your hand for a ruff in dummy. Even if your opponent on the left shows out and ruffs, often you’ll be able to overruff on one or two tricks.
I extracted the above quote from an article entitled “A Reason to Not Pull Trump” written by Leslie Shafer and published in the magazine “Bridge Bulletin,” on Page 45 of the May 2016 edition. The “Bridge Bulletin” is the monthly magazine published by the ACBL (the American Contract Bridge League). It comes with your membership in ACBL.org and has many articles that are helpful to players wanting to improve their game. This article was found in a special section designed for newer players.
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TOURNAMENT TRAIL: Silver Points, Garson (Sudbury)
May 27-29, 2016 Garson Community Centre, Garson, (Church Street)
Your opportunity for fun and to earn silver points.
Pairs Friday 1 & 7pm; Saturday 10:30am & 3pm; Sunday Swiss Teams 10am
For complete details, read the tournament flyer at http://tournaments.acbl.org/schedule.php?tourid=24032
Stratification based on average masterpoints:
Open A = 1500+, B = 500-1500, C = 0-500, also 299 game and 50 newcomer game
HUNTSVILLE DUPLICATE BRIDGE CLUB
Games for the Huntsville Club are Tuesdays, 7:15pm, Trinity United Church 33 Main Street. Please arrive 15 minutes early. Contact Susan [email protected] for information and partnerships.
NOTE: Plan for our Spring Party of Dinner and Bridge June 21. Dinner at Tall Trees and bridge back at Trinity United.
The following winners are from Tuesday, May 10 with 8 tables playing a Mitchell movement. North-South 1. Fay MacDonald and Yvonne Cox; 2. Mary Simonett and Kel Andresen; 3. Chris Karn and Vern Foell; 4. Betty Fagin and Brian Brocklehurst; East-West 1. Liz Barnes and Bob Schives; 2. Mary Whitehead and Helen Pearson; 3. Joanne Garvey and Kelly Andresen; 4. Susan Marshall and Jan Roberts
MUSKOKA DUPLICATE BRIDGE CLUB (Bracebridge)
Games at the Bracebridge Club are at the Knox Presbyterian Church, 120 Taylor Road 7pm Monday evenings. Please arrive 15 minutes before game time. For information or partnerships, call Brian at 705-645-5340 [email protected]
NOTE: Plan for our Spring Party of Dinner and Bridge Monday, June 6. Dinner at the Golf and Curling Club 5pm for 5:30. Bridge back at Knox Presbyterian.
The following winners are from Monday, May 9 with 8 tables playing a Bump Mitchelll movement. 1. Mary Luke and Donna McIntosh; 2. Bob Schives and David Bryce; 3. Lorna Wagner and Pat Feaver; 4. Pamela Jardine and Ralph Mitchell; 5. Liz Barnes and Lyn Walisser; 6. Laima Stem and Lee Stem; 7. Bev Parlett and Vern Foel; 8. Betty Rintoul and Bev Howard
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