Bridge corner with the wonderful Kay Moolloy

Abbey Bridge Club - 22 Jan. 8 Table Howell. 1. Dor Lanigan, Julie Lawlor. 2. Catherine King, May

Abbey Bridge Club - 22 Jan. 8 Table Howell. 1. Dor Lanigan, Julie Lawlor. 2. Catherine King, May

O’Neill. 3. Kathleen Ferguson, Elizabeth Tobin. 7 Table Howell. 1. Eamon Daly,

Kevin McDaid. 2. Mary Moynihan, Mary Norton. 3.Ann Kenny, Sandra O’Driscoll.

29 Jan. 8 Table Howell. 1. Phyl Doyle, Ann Widger. 2. Eamon Daly Kevin McDaid.

3. Joan Cashin, Catherine Costello. 7 Table Howell. 1. Mary Feighery, Helen

Fennelly. 2. Mary Morris, Catherine Philpott. 3. Annette Kelly, Bridig Smee.

Club ‘97 - 17 Jan. 8 Table Howell. 1. Helen O’Mahony, Mary O’Reilly. 2. Helen Dunning,

Audrey Marnell. 3. Joan Murphy, Myrtle Wellwood. 4 Paula Kavanagh, Phil

O’Mahony. 8 Table Howell. 1. Maura Holden, Maura Wallace. 2. Pauline Geoghegan,

Grace Marshall. 3. Linda Darlington, Christine Leonowich. 4. Jim Denby, Kitty

O’Brien. 31 Jan. 8 Table Howell. 1. Margaret Drennan, Rita Ryan. 2. Linda

Darlington, Christine Leonowicz. 3. Margaret Fleming, Rosalind Lanigan. 4. Joan

Murphy, Myrtle Wellwood. 8 Table Howell. 1. Margaret Stewart, Noel Walsh. 2.

Pauline Geoghegan, Grace Marshall. 3. Bernadette Denieffe, Una Mahony. 4. Ann

deLoughrey, Maureen McAdams.

Confederation ‘350’ - 16 Jan. Section A. 1. Betty O’Connor, Catherine Walsh. 2. Rita Morrissey, Catherine

Philpott. 3. Mary Cuggy, Helene Holohan. 4. Maura Coady, Margaret Walsh. Section

B. 1. Maureen Sheehan, Ann Treacy. 2. Maura Kenealy, Rose Walsh. 3. Teresa

Buckley, Mandy Walsh. 4. Peggie Henderson, Mary Morris.

23 Jan. Sec. 1. Ann Brennan, Mary Fawsitt. 2. Eamonn Dunne, Kathleen Dunne. 3.

Rita Morrissey, Catherine Philpott. 4. Peggie Henderson, Mary Morris.

Sec. 2. 1. Kay Doran, Kathleen O’Shaughnessy. 2. Maura Coady, Margaret Walsh. 3.

Betty O’Connor, Catherine Walsh. 4. Noreen Grogan, Ann O’Shaughnessy.

Friary Bridge Club - 16 Jan. 10 Table Howell. 1. Dor Lanigan, Mary Murphy. 2. Barbara Carroll, Carmel

Keane. 3. Eileen Johnston, Jean Murphy. 23 Jan. 10 Table Howell. 1. Sarah Bergin,

Kathleen Cahill. 2. Bea Johnston, Anna Keegan. 3. Hannah Byrne, Bridget Dillon. 4.

Julie Lawlor, Kevin McDaid.

Kilkenny Bridge Club - 15 Jan. 12 Table Scrambled Mitchell. 1. Noreen Cody, Ellen Dowling. 2. Jim

Campbell, Conor Foley. 3. Raymond Lannen, Kay Molloy. 4. Breda Deevy, Pat Egan.

Nore Bridge Club - 17 Jan. 8 Table Howell. 1. Jim Campbell, Jaime Martin. 2. Bernadette Egan, Kay

Molloy. 3. Joan Fogarty, William Fogarty. 4. Eileen Buckley, Maria Troy. 7.5

Table Howell. 1. Phyl Doyle, Adrienne Walsh. 2. Helen Tynan, Margaret Walsh. 3.

Catherine McGoff, Leo Monagle. 4. Jacinta Hurley, Breda O’Gorman.

23 Jan. 8 Table Howell. 1. Catherine McGoff, Leo Monagle. 2. Gretta Brennan,

Catherine King. 3. Beatrice Crotty, Maura Kenealy. 4. Melanie Shields, Mary Shields.

31 Jan. 8 Table Howell. 1. Jim Campbell, Jaime Martin. 2. Angela Carroll, Teresa

Dunne. 3. Jim Byrne, Pat Wall. 4. Eileen Buckley, Maria Troy.

Ormonde/Castle Bridge Club - 21 Jan. 1. Jim Campbell, Jaime Martin. 2. Maura Dore, Leo Monagle. 3. Ellen

Dowling, Marion Kilbride. 4. Kay Creedon, Hilda Richardson. 28 Jan. 12 Table

Scrambled Mitchell. 1. Jim Campbell, Jaime Martin. 2. Mary Egan, Pat Egan. 3. Mary

Fitzpatrick, Ann O’Neill. 4. Catherine McGoff, Mary Shields. 5. Ann Cassin, Mary

Doyle.6. Frances Cregan, Augusta Collins.

The Ormonde/Castle and Rothe Bridge Clubs would like to thank all who

supported their Charity Night. 1,370 Euro was raised for Mother of Fair Love School

and Rehab Care.

Rothe Bridge Club - 21 Jan. 8 Table Howell. 1. Kathleen O’Shaughnessy, Noel Walsh. 2. Breda Fogarty,

Eileen Fox. 3. Joan Murphy, Maud Ryan. 9 Table Howell. 1. Mairead Blanchfield,

Margaret Comerford. 2. Josephine O’Reilly, Helen Wall. 3. Una Crowley, Ann

Ryan. 28 Jan. 7.5 Table Howell. 1. Kathleen O’Shaughnessy, Noel Walsh. 2. Una

Crowley, Ann Ryan. 3. Josephine O’Reilly, Maura Wallace. 8 Table Howell. 1.

Joan Cullinane, Myrtle Wellwood. 2. Pat O’Briain, Phil O’Reilly. 3. Anna Keegan,

Margaret Kelleher.

Clara Bridge Club - 14 Jan. 1. Joan Mahony, Phil Phelan. 2. Elizabeth Barry, Mary O’Neill. 3. Josie

Langton, Bridget O’Neill.

THE RULE OF ELEVEN AND DECLARER - The Rule of 11 can work also to

declarer’s benefit. Declarer can calculate how many cards higher than the card led

are held by right-hand opponent. Occasionally applying the rule of 11 can result

in a dramatic result. West leads the 4 diamonds against your 3 NT. Dummy goes

down and you see: Dummy - Spade A54 Heart 654 Diamond A1073 Club A65. Lead

Diamond 4. Declarer – Spade K32 Heart AQ3 Diamond Q85 Club K432.Count tricks:

2 Spades, 1 Heart, 2 Diamonds (on the lead) and 2 Clubs; total 7.If the Heart finesse

works that comes to 8. You could try giving up a club trick early and if opponents’

clubs divide 3-3 you will get 3 club tricks. Seems you need the heart finesse in

addition to a favourable divide in clubs. But wait! Apply the rule of 11. Diamond

4 lead; subtract 4 from 11; result 7. There are 7 cards higher than the 4 between

dummy, your hand and East. You can see 6 of them: dummy’s Ace, ten, seven and

your own Queen, 8 and 5. So, East has only one card higher than the 4. You play the

3 from dummy; East plays the Jack. What did the Rule of 11 tell you? That East has

only one card higher than the 4. And she has just played it. West has the remaining

relevant cards. So, how many diamond tricks you will make? Knowing that West has

the King, nine and six sandwiched between your hand and dummy, you will make 4

diamond tricks. Will show you the full deal next week so keep the above…..

FIXTURES - 8-10 February. CBAI Novice and Intermediate Congress (A, B and Novice) Venue: Galway Bay Hotel, Salthill. Entries to National Headquarters,

01-4929666.

WHAT I LEARNED ABOUT BRIDGE AND FORGOT - Learning From A Poor

Suit. (contd.) West led the Diamond 7 which we recognise as MUD, the middle of

three small cards (Middle – Up- Down). Had West held 8752 she would still have led

the 7. The traditional approach to leading from a poor suit was to lead the highest card

(Top of Nothing). However, the modern approach is to lead the SECOND HIGHEST

from a poor suit; the seven from 973; 9753; 97532 and so on. The thinking is that a

card such as the nine or eight should not be wasted to follow a blind principle, top

of nothing. Retaining a high-spot card may prevent declarer winning a trick with a

smaller card later in the play. Next week The Rule of Eleven and Declarer.

RESULTS AND NEWS - 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.