Bridge corner with Kay Molloy

Abbey Bridge Club - 20 Mar. 8 Table Howell: 1 Catherine King, May O’Neill, 2 Eamon Daly, Kevin McDaid, 3 Elizabeth Kinsella, Patricia Walsh, 4 Mary Cunningham, Julie Lawlor. 8 Table Howell: 1 Ann Brennan, Mary Fawsitt, 2 Greta Brennan, Mary Murphy,3 Phil Kenealy, Margaret Kiely, 4 Bridget Norwood, Rose Walsh.

Abbey Bridge Club - 20 Mar. 8 Table Howell: 1 Catherine King, May O’Neill, 2 Eamon Daly, Kevin McDaid, 3 Elizabeth Kinsella, Patricia Walsh, 4 Mary Cunningham, Julie Lawlor. 8 Table Howell: 1 Ann Brennan, Mary Fawsitt, 2 Greta Brennan, Mary Murphy,3 Phil Kenealy, Margaret Kiely, 4 Bridget Norwood, Rose Walsh.

Confederation ‘350’ Bridge Club - 21 Mar. 10 Table Howell: 1 Jo Lawlor, Tom Morris, Jt. 2 Ann Brennan, Mary Fawsitt, Mary Lawlor, Margaret Kelleher, Jt. 4. 1 Paul Brady, Kathleen Ferguson, Noreen Grogan, Ann O’Shaughnessy. 9.5 Table Howell: 1 Frances Foley, Stephanie Gubbins, 2 Hugh Donnelly, Raymond Lannen, 3 Peggie Henderson, Mary Morris, 4 Betty O’Connor, Catherine Walsh.

Club ‘97 - 22 March. 6.5 Table Howell: 1 Ann O’Shaughnessy/ Alice Walsh, 2 Bridget Holohan, Liam Holohan, 3 Siobhan Roberts, Helen Wall. Jt. 4. Joan Holden, Patty Ryan, Pauline Geoghegan, Maura Wallace. 7 Table ¾ Howell: 1 Aisling McCarthy, Joan O’Brien, 2 Bernie Little, Maria Tierney, 3 Alice O’Carroll, Joan O’Gara, 4 Helen O’Mahony, Mary O’Reilly.

Friary Bridge Club - 14 Mar. 10 Table Howell: 1 Dor Lanigan, Mary Murphy, 2 Margaret Millea, Marie Witherow, 3 Barbara Carroll, Leo Monagle, 4 Kathleen Cahill, Frances Theloke

President’s Prize will be played for on Sunday, 1st. April, 2.00 p.m. at the Newpark Hotel.

Kilkenny Bridge Club - 20 Mar. Pair’s Championship, 11 Table Scrambled Mitchell: 1 Jim Campbell, Jaime Martin, 2 Melanie O’Briain, Sheila Ryan, 3 Michael Reynolds, Pat Wall, 4 Teresa Dunne, Mary Fitzpatrick, 5 Breda Butler, Elizabeth Delaney, 6 Alice Brennan, Jacinta Hurley.

Nore Bridge Club- 22 Mar. 7.5 Table Howell: 1 Joan Fogarty, William Fogarty, 2 Jim Campbell, Eamon Daly, 3 Joe O’Neill, Madge O’Neill, 4 Teresa Dunne, Teresa McGrath.7 Table ¾ Howell: 1 Finbarr Coughlan, Tom Sloyan, 2 Greta Langton, Kathleen Price, 3 Mary Keane, Pauline O’Sullivan, 4 Helen Tynan, Margaret Walsh.

WHAT I USED TO KNOW ABOUT BRIDGE AND FORGOT - We continue this week with THE OPENING LEAD where partner does not bid. Having chosen the suit there are standard leads from various card combinations. Let us establish a hierarchy of leads starting with the safest lead and continuing downwards as the safety element diminishes. Take the auction 1NT : 3NT by opponents. Remember 2 decisions. Which suit. Which card. Your aim when you chose the suit to lead is to establish tricks for the partnership. Which of the following suit holdings is the most likely source of tricks: KQJ109; KJ1094; K10743; 107643; 98643? The first one, of course, KQJ109, because once the opponent’s Ace wins you have four tricks in the suit.

Second decision – which card from KQJ109? Does not matter? You are establishing four certain tricks irrespective of the lead. It does matter. Remember the partnership aspect of the game. The card you lead tells partner about other cards you hold in the suit and also cards you do not hold. From a sequence of cards the correct lead is the top card of the sequence.

A sequence must be headed by touching honour cards. KQJ10 and QJ109 are sequences. So are KQJ4 – it is not necessary that the fourth card be in sequence. What about 10987. Many experts regard the ten as an honour against notrump but not against a suit contract.

Does KQ109 constitute a sequence? Yes. So, we clearly define a sequence as a progression of cards containing two top touching honours and also the third or fourth card in the progression. Of course, there may be a fifth or sixth card in the suit but the essential element is the honour sequence at the top. What about 10984 or 10974? Arguably a sequence when leading against notrump. 9876? No! What about KQ98? No! If you decide to lead this suit against notrump you will not lead the King

The importance lies in the information you are conveying to partner. So, against notrump when you lead an honour card partner knows what other cards you hold in the suit. Partner does not have to guess; she knows with absolute certainty.

Knowing what partner holds is one thing; acting on the knowledge is another and just as crucial.

More leads next week so save your weekly notes!!

FIXTURE LIST - March 30 – 1. Clonmel Congress. Entries: Dolores O’Donnell 052-6121675. 6-9 April. Galway Congress, Ardilaun Hotel, Taylor’s Hill. Entries: Marcella Mitchell 091-757986.

RESULTS - Bridge results and news from city and county affiliated bridge clubs to Kay Molloy by Friday each week for inclusion in the Kilkenny People to 056-7721639, 086-1638643. email:menahouse@ eircom.net.