Bridge corner with Kay Molloy

Abbey Bridge Club - 30 Oct. 8 Table Howell. 1. Mary Feighery, Helen Fennelly. Joint 2. Anne Murphy, Anne Bowen. Helen Byrne, Anne Hurley. T Table ¾ Howell. Phyl Doyle, Ann Widger. 2. Marie Broggy, Kathleen O’Shaughnessy. 3. Eamon Daly, May O’Neill.

Abbey Bridge Club - 30 Oct. 8 Table Howell. 1. Mary Feighery, Helen Fennelly. Joint 2. Anne Murphy, Anne Bowen. Helen Byrne, Anne Hurley. T Table ¾ Howell. Phyl Doyle, Ann Widger. 2. Marie Broggy, Kathleen O’Shaughnessy. 3. Eamon Daly, May O’Neill.

Club ‘9 - 7 Table 3/4Howell. 1. Pauline Geoghegan, Grace Marshall. 2. Betty Brett, Maire Dwyer. 3. Maura Holden, Maura Wallace. 4. Joan Fitzgerald, Martha Langton. 7 Table ¾ Howell. 1. Jim Denby, Kitty O’Brien. 2. Joan Holden, Pat Ryan. 3. Mairead Blanchfield, Josephine O’Reilly. 4. Bernie Little, Maria Tierney.

Confederation ‘350’ Bridge Club - 31 Oct. 7 Table ¾ Howell. 1. Kay Doran, Kathleen O’Shaughnessy. 2. Paul Brady, Kathleen Ferguson. 3. Jim Denby, Mary O’Reilly. 4. Statia Clancy, Maura Delaney. 7 Table ¾ Howell. 1. Hugh Donnelly, Raymond Lannen. 2. Ann Brennan, Mary Fawsitt. 3. Breda Fogarty, Mary Morrissey. 4. Maura Banim, Margery Brady.

Kilkenny Bridge Club - 30 Oct. 10 Table Howell. 1. Bobby Grace, Peter McQuillan. 2. Melanie O’Briain, Sheila Ryan. 3. Breda Butler, Elizabeth Delaney. 4. Breda Holohan, Maura O’Mahony.

Nore Bridge Club - 1 Nov. 7 Table ¾ Howell. 1. Mary Egan, Pat Egan. 2. Jim Campbell, Jaime Martin. 3. Breda Butler-Davis, Annette Kennedy. 4. Peter McQuillan, Etta Shine. 8 Table Howell. 1. Catherine McGoff, Leo Monagle. 2. Joan Fogarty, William Fogarty. 3. Ellen Dowling, Margaret Knowles. 4. Peggie Henderson, Therese Pender. 16-18 Nov. Kenmare Congress. Entries: Oliver Morgan, 064-85636. 16-18 Nov. East of Ireland Congress. Entries: Sheila Grimes, 042-9321768.

WHAT I USED TO KNOW ABOUT BRIDGE AND FORGOT - Now that we are well back into the Bridge Season it is time to continue our eries and I hope you saved your weekly notes from the “Kilkenny People”.

FOURTH HIGHEST LEADS and the RULE OF ELEVEN - North SJ85 HAKQ3 D94 CK652. East SA642 H975 DQ53 CQJ7. South SKQ10 H642 DAJ6 CA843 West S973 HJ108 DK10872 C109. Following the Auction: 1NT : 2Clubs, 2Diamonds : 3 NT. West leads the Diamond 7. Dummy plays small, East puts in the Queen, declarers Ace wins. Declarer would have done better to hold up the first two tricks (Rule of 7) but she banked on West gaining the lead later in the play and being unable to attack diamonds without giving a trick to the Jack. East applied the Rule of Eleven to the play in the first trick. If West’s 7 was fourth highest, then declarer had 2 cards higher than the 7, the Ace and another. Declarer can not have the King because in that case West would hold J108x(x) and would have led the Jack (top of sequence). West can not have KJ10x(x); in that case also she would have led the Jack (top of internal sequence). So, West holds either KJ87(x) or K1087(x). It is clear that West’s 7 is the fourth highest card in the suit, so when East gets on lead with either the Ace of Spades or a Club honour, she will return partner’s suit (diamonds) to defeat the contract. Same auction, same contract, same lead, the Diamond 7, and East has the same hand….keep your Bridge Corner Notes for next week!