Bridge corner with Kay Molloy

Club ‘97 - 7 Mar. 8 Table Howell. 1. Siobhan Power, Olive Taylor. 2. Noreen Bergin, Mary T. Murphy. 3. Alice O’Carroll, Joan O’Gara. 4. Bernadette Defieffe, Una O’Mahony. 8 Table Howell. 1. Ann O’Shaughnessy, Alice Walsh. 2. Siobhan Robeerts, Helen Wall. 3. Mairead Blanchfield, Josephine O’Reilly. 4. Margaret Stewart, Noel Walsh.

Club ‘97 - 7 Mar. 8 Table Howell. 1. Siobhan Power, Olive Taylor. 2. Noreen Bergin, Mary T. Murphy. 3. Alice O’Carroll, Joan O’Gara. 4. Bernadette Defieffe, Una O’Mahony. 8 Table Howell. 1. Ann O’Shaughnessy, Alice Walsh. 2. Siobhan Robeerts, Helen Wall. 3. Mairead Blanchfield, Josephine O’Reilly. 4. Margaret Stewart, Noel Walsh.

Confederation ‘350’ Bridge Club - 6 Mar. 8 Table Howell. 1. John Cooney, Kathy Hayes. 2. Ann Lennon, Loretto O’Driscoll.3.Mary Fitzpatrick, Ann Kenny. 4. Rose Brophy, Ann Gubbins.

9 Table Howell. 1. Helen McIntyre, Mandy Walsh. 2. Rita Morrissey, Catherine Philpott. 3. Eileen Fox, Colette O’Neill. 4. Frances Foley, Stephanie Gubbins. 13 Mar. 9 Table Howell, 1. Rita Morrissey, Catherine Philpott. 2. Mary Cuggy, Helene Holohan. 3. Ann Brennan, Mary Fawsitt. 4. Margot Harte, Ann Lee.

10 Table Howell. 1. Paul Brady, Kathleen Ferguson. 2. Kay Doran, Kathleen O’Shaughnessy. 3. Helen McIntyre, Mandy Walsh. 4. Mary Carew, Peggy Murray.

Friary Bridge Club - 27 Feb. 11 Table Scrambled Mitchell. 1. Donal Fennelly, Richie McEvoy. 2. Maura Dore, Mary Meaney. 3. Bea Johnston, Anna Keegan. Joint 4. Barbara Carroll, Leo Monagle. Ann Farrell, Mary Weadick. 6 Mar. 10 Table Howell. 1. Barbara Carroll, Leo Monagle. 2. Donal Fennelly, Richie McEvoy. 3. Carmel Keane, Paddy O’Brien. 4. Eileen Bolger, Pat Power.

Kilkenny Bridge Club - 5 March. 12 Table Scrambled Mitchell. 1. Breda Holohan, Maura O’Mahony. 2. Kay Creedon, Adrienne Walsh. 3. Teresa Dunne, Mary Fitzpatrick. 4. Pauline O’Sullivan, Sheila Ryan. 12 Mar. 12 Table Sc. Mitchell. 1. Teresa McGrath, Maria Troy. 2. Mary Hennessy, Catherine McGoff. 3. Breda Butler, Elizabeth Delaney. 4. Jim Campbell, Conor Foley.

Nore Bridge Club - 7 March. 8 Table Howell. 1. Peggie Henderson, Therese Pender. 2. Ann Cassin, Mary Doyle. 3. Mary Keane, Pauline O’Sullivan. 4. Esther Hackett, Tina Kelly. 8 Table Howell. 1. Joan Fogarty, William Fogarty. 2. Breda Deevy, Robert Grace. 3. Sheila Ryan, Peter McQuillan. 4. Finbarr Coughlan, Tom Sloyan. 14 Mar. 8 Table Howell. 1. Kay Creedon, Madge O’Neill. 2. Bernadette Egan, Kay Molloy. 3. Jim Campbell, Teresa McGrath. 4. Breda Deevy, Bobby Grace. 7 Table Howell. 1. Alice Brennan, Mary Morris. 2. Greta Langton, Kathleen Price. 3. Melanie O’Briain, Mary Shields. 4. Catherine McGoff, Leo Monagle.

Ormonde/Castle Bridge Club - 4 March. 7 Table ¾ Howell. 1. Ann Cassin, Mary Doyle. 2. Maura Dore, Leo Monagle. 3. Pauline Kenny, Phil O’Carroll. 4. Ellen Dowling, Marion Kilbride.

11 March. 7 Table ¾ Howell. 1. Noreen Cody, Sheila Ryan. 2. Catherine McGoff, Mary Shields. 3. Bid Byrne, Kathleen Power. 4. Maura Dore, Leo Monagle.

Rothe Bridge Club - 4 March. 8 Table Howell. 1. Anna Keegan, Margaret Kelleher. 2. Hugh Donnelly-Swift, Colette O’Neill. 3. Breda Murray, Rita Ryan. 8 Table Howell. 1. Maureen Sheehan, Noel Walsh. 2. Marie Broggy, Rose Walsh. 3. Joan Cullinane, Myrtle Wellwood. 10 March. President’s Prize. 1. Alice Brennan, Helen Wall. Best Gross. Josephine O’Reilly, Maura Wallace. 2. Bridget Holohan, Liam Holohan. 3. Margaret Mullins, Mary O’Reilly. 4. Breda Fogarty, Eileen Fox. 5. Kathleen O’Shaughnessy, Noel Walsh. 6. Mai Cantwell, Breda Murray. 7. Hugh Donnelly-Swift, Colette O’Neill. 8. Pauline Morrissey, Josie O’Dowd. 9. Frances Gray, Maura Kenealy. 10. Angela Foran, Bridget Norwood. 11. Maria Brennan, Helen Dunning. 12. George Barr, Mary Lawlor. 13. Olive Taylor, Dympna White.

Clara Bridge Club - Noeleen Nolan president’s prize - 15 Table Scrambled Mitchell. 1. May Brennan, Eileen Tobin. 2. Kay O’Donnell, Mary O’Neill. 3. Anne Carroll, Cora Farrell. 4. Josie Langton, Brigid O’Neill. 5. Noeleen Nolan, Catherine O’Driscoll. 6. Stephanie Gubbins, Yvonne O’Dwyer. 7. Mary Fitzpatrick, Eileen Ryan. 8. Marian Finlay, Catherine Keane. 9. Mary Ryan, Roger Ryan.

WHAT I USED TO KNOW ABOUT BRIDGE AND FORGOT - The topic of Card Play, specifically third-hand play when defending. The practice of third-hand high should not be followed slavishly; there are times when it is unwise to play third hand high, most notably when dummy has an honour card in the suit led and the defender over dummy has a higher honour. There is another situation when it is a mistake to play third hand high. Take for example, partner leads the Heart 7 against a 4 Spade contract and the following dummy goes down: Spade K985 Heart QJ109 Diamond 6 Club K975. Declarer plays HQ from dummy and you hold HK632. Many inexperienced players will automatically play the King – a virtual reflex action – but it is pointless to cover the Queen with the King. Consider partner’s lead: it cannot be fourth highest; you can see five cards higher than the seven; furthermore partner is most unlikely to have led away from the Ace against a suit contract. So, you know declarer has the Ace. By playing the King now you are presenting declarer with 4 tricks in the suit. You may or may not get a trick with the King later in the play; you certainly will not get a trick by playing it now. If you are defending a notrump contract more often than not you will eventually win a trick with the King if you hold up now.

Generally when third in hand we should hold up our honour card whenever dummy plays one of two or more touching honours. Next week we will continue: Following the Auction 1NT-3NT. Keep your notes and enjoy!

Morning bridge at Kilkenny Bridge Centre is held on wednesday mornings at 11am. All bridge players welcome.

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