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Abbey Bridge Club - 24 April. 7 Table ¾ Howell: Jt. 1. Greta Nicholson, Anna O’Shea, Agnes Dwyer, Bea Johnston, 3 Ann Bowen, Ann Murphy, Jt. 4. Kathleen Cunningham, Mary Cunningham, Catherine King, May O’Neill. 6 Table ¾ Howell: 1 Peggy Carey, Margaret Walsh, 2 Barbara Carroll, Mary Murphy, 3 Sandra O’Driscoll, Mary Saunders, 4 Eamon Daly, Kevin McDaid.

Abbey Bridge Club - 24 April. 7 Table ¾ Howell: Jt. 1. Greta Nicholson, Anna O’Shea, Agnes Dwyer, Bea Johnston, 3 Ann Bowen, Ann Murphy, Jt. 4. Kathleen Cunningham, Mary Cunningham, Catherine King, May O’Neill. 6 Table ¾ Howell: 1 Peggy Carey, Margaret Walsh, 2 Barbara Carroll, Mary Murphy, 3 Sandra O’Driscoll, Mary Saunders, 4 Eamon Daly, Kevin McDaid.

Club ‘97 - 26 April. 7 Table ¾ Howell: 1 Pauline Geoghegan, Grace Marshall, 2 Margaret Stewart, Noel Walsh. 6 Table ¾ Howell: 1 Ann O’Shaughnessy, Alice Walsh, 2 Margaret Fleming, Aisling McCarthy.

Confederation ‘350’ Bridge Club - 25 April. 9 Table Howell: 1 Maura Kenealy, Sandra O’Driscoll, 2 Peggie Henderson, Mary Morris, 3 Mags McQuillan, Therese Pender, 4 Betty O’Connor, Catherine Walsh. 9 Table Howell: 1 Rita Morrissey, Catherine Philpott, 2 Mary Condon, Josephine Leahy, 3 Kay Doran, Kathleen O’Shaughnessy, 4 Paul Brady, Kathleen Ferguson.

Friary Bridge Club - 18 April. 10 Table Howell: 1 Barbara Carroll, Leo Monagle, 2 Bea Johnston, Anna Keegan, 3 Julie Lawlor, Kevin McDaid, 4 Peggy Carey, Greta Nicholson.

Kilkenny Bridge Club - 24 April. 12 Table Scrambled Mitchell: 1 Jim Campbell, Jaime Martin, 2 Michael Reynolds, Pat Wall, 3 Antoinette Hayes, Hilda Richardson, 4 Eileen Buckley, Bernadette Egan.

Nore Bridge Club - Ann O’Neill – President’s Prize – 20 Tables: 1 Breda Butler, Michael Reynolds, Best Gross: Peter McQuillan, Etta Shine, 2 Pat O’Briain, Sheila Ryan, 3 Bobby Grace, Breda Deevy, 4 Joe O’Neill, Madge O’Neill, 5 Ellen Dowling, Margaret Knowles, 6 Antoinette Hayes, Aileen Hehir, 7 Bernadette Egan, Kay Molloy, 8 Eileen Buckley, Maria Troy, 9 Joan Cashin, Annette Kelly, 10 Eileen Bolger, Yyonne O’Dwyer, 11 Mary Keane, Pauline O’Sullivan, 12 Alice Brennan, Mary Morris, 13 Peggie Henderson, Therese Pender, 14 Greta Brennan, Catherine King, 15 Elizabeth Delaney, Barbara Kearney.

26 April. 7.5 Table Howell: 1 Ellen Dowling, Margaret Knowles, 2 Ann Cassin, Mary Doyle, Jt. 3. Joan Cashin, Annette Kelly, Jim Campbell, Eamon Daly.

8 Table Howell: 1 Pat O’Briain, Sheila Ryan, 2 Peggie Henderson, Therese Pender, 3 Mary Keane, Pauline O’Sullivan, 4 Antoinette Hayes, Aileen Hehir.

Ormonde, Castle Bridge Club - 23 April, 2012. 11 Table Scrambled Mitchell: 1 Noreen Cody, Sheila Ryan, 2 Helen Blanchfield, Breda Butler, 3 Margaret Knowles, Sheila O’Mahony, 4 Mary Keane, Mary Meaney.

Rothe Bridge Club - 23 April. 7 Table Howell: 1 Hugh Donnelly, Colette O’Neill, 2 Martha Langton, Christine Leonowicz, 3 \Maureen Sheehan, Brid White. 7.5 Table Howell: 1 Marie Broggy, Rose Walsh, 2 Anna Keegan, Margaret Kelleher, 3 Bernadette Denieffe, Una Mahony.

WHAT I USED TO KNOW ABOUT BRIDGE AND FORGOT -. THIRD HAND HIGH - Auction 1 NT : 3NT; You are on lead from: ♠765; ♥765; ♦Q9732; ♣AQ

You lead D3, fourth highest. You see the following dummy: ♠AK10; ♥AKQ; ♦986;♣7652

Declarer plays the six from dummy; partner plays the ten and declarer wins with the King of Diamonds. Next declarer plays a heart to dummy’s Queen, followed by a Club to the Ten in declarer’s own hand. You win this trick with the Queen of Clubs. What do you play next and how do you know it is the right play?

Go back to the first trick: You led the Diamond 3. Partner played the ten; declarer won with the King. Who has the Ace?

Declarer has the Ace . If Partner had the Ace she would have played it – third hand high means the highest card. Who has the Jack? Your partner has the Jack.

Declarer holding the Jack would have won the trick with it and not wasted the King. Partner holding both the Jack and the ten rightly played the lower of the touching cards. See what a simple game it is now! You know where the Jack is so, you play the Diamond 2 and partner’s Jack will force out declarer’s Ace, while you wait to win a trick with your Ace of Clubs and take three Diamond tricks for one down.

Same contract: 3NT; as before you lead the Diamond 3 from ♠765; ♥765; ♦Q9732; ♣AQ

This dummy goes down: .♠KJ10; ♥KQ8; ♦K86; ♣7652

The six is played from dummy; partner plays the Jack and declarer wins with the Ace. As before declarer plays a heart to dummy, followed by a Club to the 10 in hand; you win with the Queen of Clubs.

Back to the first trick again. You led the Diamond 3; partner played the Jack; declarer won with the Ace. Who has the 10? Declarer has the 10. If partner had both the Jack and the 10 she would have played the 10 – the lower of the touching honours. You cannot play another diamond now as you would give declarer a cheap trick with the ten in hand. Looking at dummy and remembering the play so far there is only one suit to play, a spade. Next week we will continue where you will see the complete deal so save this week’s notes!

FIXTURES - 4 – 6 May. Tramore Congress. Entries – Kay O’Donoghue 051-386572.

MAY 12-20. Killarney Congress/ Entries: Phyllis O’Regan 064-32994.

Bridge 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.