Bridge corner with Kay Molloy

Abbey Bridge Club - 13 March. Section 1. 1 Peggy Carey Anna Keegan, 2 Phyl Doyle Ann Widger, 3 Ailish Dillon Brighid Kennedy, 4 Ann Reynolds Ann Murphy, 5 Breda O’Donnell Kathleen O’Shaughnessy. Section 2. 1 Catherine King May O’Neill, 2 Julie Lawlor Dor Lanigan, 3 Bridget Norwood Rose Walsh, 4 Mary Morris Catherine Philpott, 5 Rosalind Lanigan Rosemary McPhillips.

Abbey Bridge Club - 13 March. Section 1. 1 Peggy Carey Anna Keegan, 2 Phyl Doyle Ann Widger, 3 Ailish Dillon Brighid Kennedy, 4 Ann Reynolds Ann Murphy, 5 Breda O’Donnell Kathleen O’Shaughnessy. Section 2. 1 Catherine King May O’Neill, 2 Julie Lawlor Dor Lanigan, 3 Bridget Norwood Rose Walsh, 4 Mary Morris Catherine Philpott, 5 Rosalind Lanigan Rosemary McPhillips.

Club ‘97 - 15 March. 6 Table Howell, 1 Margaret Fleming Rita Ryan, 2 Brigid Holohan Liam Holohan, 3 Ann Carroll Cora Farrell, 4 John Bracken Sean Breathnach. 6.5 Table Howell: 1 Ann Treacy Brid White, 2 Margaret Stewart Noel Walsh, 3 Mairead Blanchfield Josephine O’Reilly, 4 Helen O’Mahony Mary O’Reilly.

Confederation ‘350’ Bridge Club - 14 March. 10 Table Howell: 1 Breda Murray Frances Walsh, 2 Betty O’Connor Catherine Walsh, 3 Margot Harte Ann Lee Doran, 4 Jo Lawlor Tom Morris. 11 Table Scrambled Mitchell: 1 Maura Coady Margaret Walsh, 2 Greta Kelly Tish Leech, 3 Kay Doran KathleenO’Shaughnessy, 4 Phil Keneally Margaret Kiely.

Kilkenny Bridge Club - 13 March. 12 Table Scrambled Mitchell: 1 Jim Campbell Jaime Martin, 2 Teresa McGrath Maria Troy, 3 Kay Molloy Maura O’Brien, 4 Breda Butler-Davis Etta Shine, 5 Melanie O’Briain Sheila Ryan.

Nore Bridge Club - 15 March. 9 Table Howell: 1 Pat O’Briain Sheila Ryan, 2 Melanie O’Briain Mary Shields, 3 Greta Brennan Catherine King, 4 Finbarr Coughlan Tom Sloyan.

9 Table Howell: 1 Joan Fogarty William Fogarty, 2 Annette Kennedy Pat Wall, 3 Breda Butler Michael Reynolds, 4 Helen Blanchfield Kathleen Power.

Ormonde/Castle Bridge Club - 12 March. 8 Table Howell: 1 Bid Byrne Kathleen Power, 2 Ellen Dowling Marion Kilbride, Jt. 3 Margaret Knowles Sheila O’Mahony, Augusta Collins Pauline O’Sullivan, Esther Hackett Mary Meaney.

Rothe Bridge Club - 11 March. President’s prize: 1 Una Crowley Ann Ryan, Best Gross:Maureen Sheehan Brid White, 2 Brigid Holohan Liam Holohan, 3 Frances Gray Maura Kenealy, 4 Mai Cantwell Breda Murray, 5 Judy Rhatigan Siobhan Roberts, 6 Joan O’Gara Miriam Martin, 7 Margaret Mullins Mary O’Reilly, 8 Pat O’Briain Tom Morris, 9 Kathleen O’Shaughnessy Noel Walsh, 10 George Barr Mary Lawlor, 11 Hugh Donnelly Colette O’Neill, 12 Noreen Grogan Breda O’Donnell, 13 Angela Foran Bridget Norwood, 14 Joan Cullinane Myrtle Wellwood, 15 Marie Broggy Rose Walsh.

WHAT I USED TO KNOW ABOUT BRIDGE AND FORGOT!! (For Novices mainly Throughout ten years of Novice articles a recurring comment from readers has been, ‘I learned that but I had forgotten.’ So, we embark on a new series which, although still primarily aimed at Novices, should cater also for those who have forgotten.

PARTNERSHIP GAME - Some players forgot that bridge is a partnership game; you and your partner act as one in bidding and defensive play. Another aspect of the game where the concept of partnership is fundamentally important is partnership support. When partner makes a mistake, through carelessness, loss of concentration or whatever, support not criticism is required. Negative remarks are out. Encouraging comments are in. Bridge is a partnership game.

THE OPENING LEAD: TWO DECISIONS. When on lead you have two decisions to make (a which suit to lead (b what card to lead. When partner has bid a suit during the auction the first decision is made for you.

NORTH EAST SOUTH WEST

1 Club 1 Spade 1 No Trump Pass

You are West. Partner’s overcall, 1 Spade, demands a spade lead. The second decision: which spade? Stick to standard opening-lead guidelines – holding touching honours, lead the top one: From Spade QJ4 lead the Queen; from Spade Q74 lead the four – small card promises an honour; Spade 984 lead the eight – mid-up-down MUD; from a doubleton lead the higher card.

Save the above as next week we will continue with a hierarchy of leads where your partner has not bid. Enjoy your Bridge!

RESULTS -Bbridge results and news from city and county affiliated bridge clubs to Kay Molloy by Friday each week on 056-7721639, 086-1638643. email:menahouse@ eircom.net.