Duplicate Bridge results and tip: Useful conventions worth learning, part two

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By Val Rhead

Why use Weak-Two Bids?

Players use conventional bids because such bids describe their hand more clearly to their partner, as in the case of an opening Weak Two-Heart bid. Their partner knows pretty exactly what the opener has. He knows that she has a Heart suit with less than opening points, which is at least six cards long, and which contains at least two of the top three honours, or three of the top five honours.

Most players are aware that a good offense is an important part of the game of Bridge. An opening Weak-Two bid is a good offensive move because it makes it difficult for your opposition to bid accurately.  If the opener opens with a Two-Spade bid, both opponents could be sitting there with 12 or 13 point opening hands. But they may be too nervous to make a Three-Heart overcall when they don’t know whether or not their partner has any support. They may never discover their nine-card fit in Hearts, and that they have enough points to make a game, until after the hand is played.

An opening Weak-Two Bid can also be advantageous defensively.  Even when the opponents get to their contract, the opener’s team still has a chance of doing well. Because of the opener’s bid, the partner will know what to lead. As we all know, the right lead can scupper the success of a contract and make the opposing side go down, down, down. But even when you do get the contract and go down a trick or two, particularly not-vulnerable, a penalty can often give you a better score that letting your opponents play.

But I must stress again that it is important when you make an opening Weak-Two bid, that you have a good six-card suit. If most of your high-card points are in the six-card suit, such as, “xx AKxxxx xxx Qx,” that is much stronger hand than xx Qxxxxx AK xxx. I have occasionally seen reckless players open a Weak-Two bid with a hand much like the second hand. They seem to feel that any six-card suit will do. Occasionally, they get lucky and their partner has the missing honours. More often than not, they get doubled and go down big time. Their partner may not have any trump and not many points. By the way, do make sure that you check your vulnerability when bidding Weak-Twos.

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NEW SOCIAL BRIDGE GAME IN HUNTSVILLE

Games are at the Active Living Centre on Thursdays at 7 p.m. in the multi-purpose room on the second floor (elevator) at the back entrance of the Canada Summit Centre. For Thursday, June 20 the game is in the usual venue. Please note that our NEW VENUE for Bridge DURING THE SUMMER will be in the Summit Centre’s “Don Lough Warming Area” starting June 27 (play time still begins at 7 p.m. on Thursdays). This room is located on the second level of the Summit Centre, accessible by taking the right-hand stairs after passing through the main entrance and then proceeding straight past the doors. The room does not have a kitchen; hence, please bring your own beverage (we will still provide snacks). Just come – with or without a partner. Please arrive 10 minutes before game time.

For information, please contact Donna or Peter Tikuisis at 647 471 1774 or [email protected].

For now, this game will be played following Chicago Rules (allowing both fast and slow games).  You will keep your same partner for the entire evening.  Cost is $1.50 per person.

PORT CARLING SOCIAL BRIDGE CLUB

Games for the Port Carling Social Bridge Club are Monday evenings at 7 p.m. at the Port Carling Community Centre, 3 Bailey Street.  Please arrive with your partner at least 10 minutes before game time.  NOTE:  There is no game Monday July 1.

For information, contact Andree or Scott 705-764-3827 [email protected]

Monday, June 17, 2019 results 1. Andree Baillargeon & Scott Staples 4,210 points; 2.   Louise Kirbyson & Mavis Hall 3,760 points; 3. Els Vandenberg & Peter Rhead 2,980 points

HUNTSVILLE DUPLICATE BRIDGE CLUB

Games are Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Trinity United Church, 33 Main Street. Please arrive with your partner at least 10 minutes before game time.  For partners and information call Jan Roberts 705 635-2522 or email [email protected]

The following winners are for Tuesday, June 18, 2019 with 14 pairs playing a Howell movement. 1. Betty Fagin and Brian Brocklehurst; 2. Susan Marshall and Jan Roberts; 3. Liz Barnes and Bev Howard; 4. Joanne Garvey and Barb Green; 5. Kel Andresen and Jim Smith; 6. Marilyn Waltho and John Waltho

MUSKOKA DUPLICATE BRIDGE CLUB (Bracebridge)

Games for the Bracebridge Club are Mondays at 7 p.m, Knox Presbyterian Church, 120 Taylor Road.  Please arrive with your partner 10 minutes before game time.

The following winners are from Monday, Jun 17, 2019 with 15 pairs playing a Howell movement.  1. Lyn Walisser and Bev Howard; 2. Betty Fagin and Brian Brocklehurst; 3. Frank Vagnoni and Gerry Lawrence; 4. Gail Lederer and David Bryce; 5. Mary Luke and Donna McIntosh; 6. Art Insley and Don Evans; 7. Kel Andresen and Jim Smith

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