Bridge corner with Kay Molloy

Abbey Bridge Club - 15 April. President’s Prize. 1 Greta Nicholson, Anna O’Shea, Best Gross: Sandra O’Driscoll, Mary Saunders, 2 Eamon Daly, Kevin McDaid, 3 Joan Cashin, Catherine Costello, 4Mary Feighery, Helen Fennelly, 5 Helen Tynan, Margaret Walsh, 6 Elizabeth Kinsella, Pat Walshm 7 Annette Kelly, Brigid Smee, 8 Paula Bradbury, Ann Gunning, 9 Ann Bowen, Ann Murphy, 10 Bridget Norwood, Rose Walsh, 11 Kathleen Cunningham, Mary Cunningham, 12 Phyl Doyle, Ann Widger, 13 Kitty Beatty, Kathleen O’Neill, 14 Ann Brennan, Margaret Drennan, 15 Peggy Carey, Anna Keegan, 16 Mary Moynihan, Mary Norton, 17 Breda O’Gorman, Teresa O’Neill, 18 Mary Fawsitt, Betsy Lynch.

Abbey Bridge Club - 15 April. President’s Prize. 1 Greta Nicholson, Anna O’Shea, Best Gross: Sandra O’Driscoll, Mary Saunders, 2 Eamon Daly, Kevin McDaid, 3 Joan Cashin, Catherine Costello, 4Mary Feighery, Helen Fennelly, 5 Helen Tynan, Margaret Walsh, 6 Elizabeth Kinsella, Pat Walshm 7 Annette Kelly, Brigid Smee, 8 Paula Bradbury, Ann Gunning, 9 Ann Bowen, Ann Murphy, 10 Bridget Norwood, Rose Walsh, 11 Kathleen Cunningham, Mary Cunningham, 12 Phyl Doyle, Ann Widger, 13 Kitty Beatty, Kathleen O’Neill, 14 Ann Brennan, Margaret Drennan, 15 Peggy Carey, Anna Keegan, 16 Mary Moynihan, Mary Norton, 17 Breda O’Gorman, Teresa O’Neill, 18 Mary Fawsitt, Betsy Lynch.

Friary Bridge Club - 11 April. 8 Table Howell: 1 Dor Lanigan, Mary Murphy, 2 Donal Fennelly, Richie McEvoy. 3 Barbara Carroll, Leo Monagle, 4 Maura Dore, Mary Meaney.

Club ’97 - 19 April. 12 Table Scrambled Mitchell: 1 Mairead Blanchfield, Josephine O’Reilly, 2 Paula Kavanagh, Maura Wallace, 3 Margaret Drennan, Deirdre Wilson, 4 Margaret Stewart, Noel Walsh, 5 Rosalind Lanigan, Margaret Fleming.

Confederation ‘350’ Bridge Club - 18 April. 8 Table Howell: 1 Mary Lawlor, Margaret Kelleher, 2 Greta Kelly, Tish Leech, 3 Catherine Philpott, Rita Morrissey, 4 Maria Brennan, Rose Walsh.

9 Table Howell: 1 Betty O’Connor, Catherine Walsh, 2 Peggy Henderson, Mary Morris, 3 Maura Coady, Margaret Walsh, 4 John Cooney, Kathy Hayes.

Kilkenny Bridge Club - 17 April. Breda Butler-Davis – President’s Prize: 1 Mary Hennessy, Catherine McGoff, Best Gross: Kay Molloy, Maura O’Brien, 2 Angela Carroll, Aileen Hehir, 3 Breda Deevy, Pat Egan, 4 Teresa McGrath, Maria Troy, 5 Eileen Buckley, Bernadette Egan, Jt. 6 Kay Creedon, Tina Kelly, Teresa Dunne, Mary Fitzpatrick, 8 Antoinette Hayes, Hilda Richardson, 9 Bobby Grace, Peter McQuillan, 10 Jim Campbell, Jaime Martin, 11 Alice Brennan, Jacinta Hurley, 12 Mags McQuillan, Therese Pender.

Nore Bridge Club - 19 April. 9 Table Howell: 1 Joan Fogarty, William Fogarty, 2 Mary Egan, Pat Egan, 3 Annette Kennedy, Pat Wall, 4 Mary Fitzpatrick, Ann O’Neill.

9 Table Howell: 1 Anne Brennan, Helen Byrne, 2 Hugh Donnelly, Colette O’Neill, 3 Adrienne Walsh, Ann Widger, 4 Greta Brennan, Catherine King.

Ormonde Castle Bridge Club - 16 April. 7 Table ¾ Howell: 1 Breda Butler-Davis, Bernadette Egan, 2 Eileen Buckley, Teresa McGrath. Margaret Knowles President’s Prize Sunday, 29th. April. Entries to Club Secretary, Marion Kilbride 087-6544737.

Rothe Bridge Club - 12 April. 7 Table ¾ Howell: 1 Alice Brennan, Helen Wall, 2 Martha Langton, Christine Leonowicz, 3 Mary Breen, Joan Norris. 7 Table ¾ Howell: 1 Eileen Fox, Ann Ryan, 2 Nick Quirke, Myrtle Wellwood, 3 Anna Keegan, Margaret Kelleher.

KILKENNY BRIDGE CENTRE AGM - At a successful AGM on April 20, the following Officers were elected: Director,President, Raymond Lannen, Director, Company Secretary, Donal Fennelly, Director, Company Treasurer, Paddy O’Brien, Director, Committee Secretary, Kathleen Ferguson, Director, Kay Molloy. Bar Manager, Mary Morris, Bar Purchasing Officer, Pat Wall, Health & Safety Officer, Pauline Geoghegan.

WHAT I USED TO KNOW ABOUT BRIDGE AND FORGOT cont. (Mainly for Novices) - This week we are continuing with leads - THIRD HAND HIGH: We should frequently recite the little jingle we learned in beginner’s class: SECOND HAND LOW; THIRD HAND HIGH. Put it into practice and you will rarely go wrong. It means simply that when you are second of the four players to play a trick you should play a small card; when third to play to a trick you should play a high card.

Following the auction: 1NT – 3NT, your partner leads the H5. The following dummy goes down – Spade KJ6 Heart 843 Diamond 75 Club AKQ62. You hold Spade 9542, Heart K72, Diamond A942, Club 75.

Declarer plays three from dummy; you play the King – your highest card – which wins the trick. Which card do you play next? An important aspect of fourth-highest leads is that you will lead your fourth highest card only if you have an honour or honours in the suit. THE LEAD OF A SMALL CARD PROMISES AN HONOUR CARD(S. So, you know from partner’s Heart 5 that she has a good suit with trick potential. Does it matter which of your two remaining hearts, the seven or the deuce, you play next? Yes! Tell partner how many hearts you have left. Play the seven next. When you play the deuce later partner will know that you had two cards left after you played the King. We call this giving count . A higher card followed by a lower one shows an even number of cards; a low card followed by a higher shows an odd number. Players trying to improve their game cannot be reminded of this often enough. It is an essential technique in defence.

Same auctioin: 1NT – 3NT; same lead Heart 5; same dummy – SKJ6, H843, D75,CAKQ62. This time you hold: S9542, HKQ2, DJ942, C75. Here the King and Queen of Hearts are of equal value; so, you play the lower of the touching honours, the Queen. Holding KQJ you play the Jack and so on. Third-hand play of the cards when holding touching honours conveys crucial information to partner. Enough to digest until next week!

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