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Abbey Bridge Club

Abbey Bridge Club

6 Nov. 8 Table ¾ Howell. 1. Phyl Doyle, Ann Widger. 2. Ann Brennan, Margaret Drennan. 3. Dor Lanigan, Julie Lawlor. 8 Table ¾ Howell. 1. Helen Tynan, Margaret Walsh. 2. Rita Morrissey, Catherine Philpott. 3. Helen Byrne, Ann Hurley.

Confederation ‘350’ Bridge Club

7 Nov. Irish Bridge Union, Simultaneous Pairs 2012. 11 Table Scrambled Mitchell. 1. Ann Brennan, Mary Fawsitt. 2. Mags McQuillan, Therese Pender. 3. Breda Murray, Frances Walsh. 4. Paul Brady, Kathleen Ferguson. 10 Table Howell. 1. Raymond Lannen, Hugh Donnelly Swift. 2. Betty O’Connor, Catherine Walsh. 3. Ann Lennon, Loretto O’Driscoll. 4. Mary Cuggy, Helene Holohan.

Kilkenny Bridge Club

6 Nov. 11 Table Scrambled Mitchell. 1. Jim Campbell, Conor Foley. 2. Alice Brennan, Jacinta Hurley. 3. Breda Holohan, Maura O’Mahony. 4. Breda Butler-Davis, Etta Shine.

Nore Bridge Club - 8 Nov. 8 Table ¾ Howell. 1. Peter McQuillan, Etta Shine. 2. Kathleen O’Neill, Madge O’Neill. 3. Joan Fogerty, William Fogerty. 4. Jim Campbell, Eileen Buckley. 8 Table ¾ Howell. 1. Breda Dowling, Ann Widger. 2. Catherine McGoff, Leo Monagle. 3. Ellen Dowling, Kitty Stallard. Beatrice Crotty, Elaine Murphy.

Ormonde/Castle Bridge Club - 22 Oct. 9 Table Howell. 1. Jim Campbell, Jaime Martin.2. Noreen Cody, Sheila Ryan. 3. Catherine McGoff, Mary Shields. 4. Augusta Collins, Frances Cregan. 5 Nov. 9 Table Howell. 1. Jim Campbell, Pauline O’Sullivan. 2. Eileen Buckley, Teresa McGrath. 3. Breda Butler-Davis, Bernadette Egan. 4. Pat Daly, Eileen Ryan.

Rothe Bridge Club - 5 Nov. 9 Table Howell. 1. George Barr, Mary Lawlor. 2. Kathleen O’Shaughnessy, Noel Walsh. 3. Maureen Sheehan, Brid White. 8 Table Howell. 1. Josephine O’Reilly, Maura Wallace. 2. Jim Denby, Ann Kenny. 3. Mai Cantwell, Breda Murray.

WHAT I USED TO KNOW ABOUT BRIDGE AND FORGOT -Fourth Highest Leads and the Rule of Eleven. Same auction, same contract, same lead, diamond 7. (as last week) and East has the same hand. North. SJ85, HAKQ3, DK109, C652. East. SA642, H975, DQ53, CQJ7. South. SKQ10, HJ42, DAJ65, CK84. West. S973, H1086, D872. CA1093. West chose not to lead a Club, which seems normal, calculating that, lacking entries, there was little hope of establishing tricks in the suit. Instead she led the Diamond 7 which turned out to be an inspired choice, but only if East was alert and applied the Rule of Eleven. Declarer played dummy’s 9, East covered with the Queen and declarer won the trick with the Ace. The Rule of Eleven told East that Partner’s 7 was NOT fourth highest. Had it been fourth highest then declarer could not hold a card higher than the 7. (11-7 = 4. four cards higher than the 7 between dummy, declarer and East, but the play to the first trick revealed five cards higher than the 7; therefore the seven cannot be fourth highest). East knew there was no point returning partner’s suit when she won with the Ace of Spades. East still had to be sharp, declarer played a heart to dummy and a spade off the table. East was alert, went up the Ace of Spades and played the Queen of Clubs to defeat the contract. What enabled East to make the right play was the Rule of Eleven. Next week leading from a poor suit. Cut out and keep your notes.

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@