Bridge corner with Kay Molloy

Abbey Bridge Club - 8 May. 7 Table ¾ Howell: 1 Mary Cunningham, May O’Neill, 2 Greta Nicholson, Anna O’Shea, 3 Door Flannigan, Julie Lawler, 4 Barbara Carroll, Mary Murphy.

Abbey Bridge Club - 8 May. 7 Table ¾ Howell: 1 Mary Cunningham, May O’Neill, 2 Greta Nicholson, Anna O’Shea, 3 Door Flannigan, Julie Lawler, 4 Barbara Carroll, Mary Murphy.

7 Table ¾ Howell: 1 Mary Morris, Catherine Philpot, 2 Eaton Daly, Kevin Media, 3 Josephine Cudahy, Helen Finely, Jt. 4 Roseanne Brennan, Kathleen O’Neill, Helen Tina, Margaret Walsh.

Club ‘97 - 10 May. 12 Table Scrambled Mitchell: 1 Margaret Stewart, Noel,Walsh, 2 Ann Treacy, Brid White, 3 Margaret Fleming, Aisling McCarthy.4 Maura Holden, Maura Wallace.

Confederation ‘350’ Bridge Club - 9 May. 10 Table Howell: 1 Margaret Kelleher, Mary Lawlor, 2 Rita Morrissey, Catherine Philpott, 3 Maureen Sheehan, Ann Treacy, 4 Maria Brennan, Rose Walsh. 9 Table Howell: 1 John Cooney, Kathy Hayes, 2 Mary Condon, Josephine Leahy, 3 Breda Murray, Frances Walsh, Jt. 4 Helen McIntyre, Tom Buckley, Esther Phelan, Nick Quirke. 16 May. 8.5 Table Howell: 1 Nick Quirke, Rose Walsh, 2 Jo Lawlor, Jackie Purcell, 3 Mary Condon, Josephine Leahy, 4 Rita Morrissey, Catherine Philpott. 8 Table Howell: 1 Teresa Brennan, Mary Dowling, 2 Maureen Sheehan, Ann Treacy, 3 Betty O’Connor, Catherine Walsh, 4 Mags McQuillan, Therese Pender.

Friary Bridge Club - 2 May. 10 Table Howell: 1 Barbara Carroll, Leo Monagle, 2 Bea Johnston, Anna Keegan, 3 Maura Dore, Mary Weadick, 4 Kathleen Cahill, Kathleen Walsh.

9 May. 10 Table Howell: 1 Barbara Carroll, Frances Theloke, 2 Joan Bennett, Triona McCann, 3 Dor Lanigan, Mary Murphy, 4 Margaret Mullen, Maria Witherow.

The Annual General Meeting will be held at Kilkenny Bridge Centre on Wednesday, 30 May, 6.45 p.m. followed by End-of-Season Prize giving.

Kilkenny Bridge Club - 8 May. 10 Table Howell: 1 Eileen Buckley, Bernadette Egan, 2 Jim Campbell, Jaime Martin, 3 Breda Butler, Maura O’Brien, 4 Angela Carroll, Aileen Hehir. The Annual General Meeting will be held at Kilkenny Bridge Centre on Tuesday, 29th. May, at 7.00 p.m. followed by End-of-Season Prizegiving.

.Nore Bridge Club - 10 May. 7 Table ¾ Howell: 1 Greta Langton, Kathleen Price, 2 Mary Hennessy, Catherine McGoff, 3 Ann Brennan, Helen Byrne, 4 Kathleen O’Neill, Kathleen O’Shaughnessy. 7.5 Table Howell: 1 Breda Deevy, Bobby Grace, 2 Jim Campbell, Eamon Daly, 3 Eileen Buckley, Maria Troy, 4 Ann Cassin, Mary Doyle.

Ormonde/ Castle Bridge Club - Mrs Margaret Knowles President’s Prize: 1 Catherine McGoff, Mary Shields, Best Gross: Noreen Cody, Sheila Ryan, 2 Kay Creedon, Hilda Richardson, 3 Frances Walsh, Tommy Walsh, 4 Ellen Dowling, Marion Kilbride, 5 Helen Blanchfield, Breda Butler, 6 Eileen Buckley, Teresa McGrath, 7 Pauline Kenny, Phil O’Carroll, 8 Julie Lawlor, Richie McEvoy, 9 Bid Byrne, Kathleen Power.

14 May. 8 Table Howell: 1 Ann Cassin, Mary Doyle, 2 Eileen Buckley, Teresa McGrath, 3 Esther Hackett, Sheila O’Mahony, 4 Pat Daly, Eileen Ryan.

Freshford Bridge Club - President’s Prize: 1 A.M. Kealy, Best Gross: Stasia Byrne, M. O’Gorman, 2 Victor Hennessy, Eamon McEvoy, 3 Eamon Dunne, Kathleen Dunne, 4 M. Tierney, Betty Owens, 5 L. Downey, Bridie O’Shea, 6 E. Phelan, Feeney Phelan, 7 Lily Kirk, Margaret Millea, 8 K. Brennan, Jo Holland, 9 M. Bergin, Kathleen Cahill, 10 Sheila Healy, Mai McEvoy, 11 Olive Thorp, Kathleen Walsh.

1st. Session Prize: M. Brophy, A.M. Walsh, 2nd. Session Prize: Tess Coogan, Peggy Shortall.

The Annual General Meeting will be held at Three Castles Hall on Monday, 21st. May.

Summer Open Bridge will commence on Monday, 11 June, at 7.30 p.m. All Bridge Players Welcome.

Spa Bridge Club Johnstown - Mrs Toni Ryan President’s Prize: Individual Competition: 1 Marguerite Bowe, 2 Margaret Brennan, 3 Carmel Lonergan, 4 Breda Brennan, 5 Carmel Sheil. Bridge will recommence in September at the Urlingford Arms Hotel on Monday nights – new members very welcome.

AGM - The Annual General Meeting of South Midland Region Contract Bridge Association of Ireland took place at Ryston Sports Centre, Newbridge, on May 10th. The following Officers were elected – President – Mrs Breda Butler, Kilkenny. Regional Secretary – Mr. Hugh Donnelly-Swift, Kilkenny, Regional Treasurer, Mrs Kay Molloy, Kilkenny.

Bridge Club Secretaries ensure Club Master Points are returned for the current year to Mr. Hugh Donnelly, Country Lodge, Callan Road, Kilkenny, by June 30th. at latest for registration with Headquarters.

Summer Bridge will not commence at Kilkenny Bridge Centre, due to renovations, until Wednesday and Thursday, 20th. and 21st. June. All Bridge Players welcome.

WHAT I USED TO KNOW ABOUT BRIDGE AND FORGOT – Novices mainly. Fourth highest leads and the rule of eleven: Fourth highest leads and playing ‘third hand high’ are fundamental to communication between defenders, as demonstrated in the previous issue of Bridge Corner. Partnership communication is improved by applying the rule of 11 which helps to locate significant cards in an opponent’s hand. It works like this: You make the reasonable assumption that the card led is the fourth highest in that suit. Take the lead card, say the 4 of Diamonds; subtract 4 from 11; result 7. There are seven cards higher than the 4 between dummy, your hand (you are defending and declarer.

For example: Partner, West, leads the diamond 4; dummy has diamond 1087; you East, hold diamond Q65, 11 minus 4 = 7.There are seven cards higher than the four between dummy, your hand and declarer. You can see six of them: dummy’s ten, eight and seven plus your queen, six and five. Conclusion: declarer has one card higher than the four. The benefit, in practice, is that if declarer beats your queen with the king to win the first trick, you know that all of partner’s remaining cards in the suit are winners. An example from a complete deal 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.