Bridge corner with Kay Molloy

Abbey Bridge Club - 13 Nov. 9 Table ¾ Howell. 1. Phil Kenealy, Margaret Kiely. 2. Mary Morris, Catherine Philpott. 3. Josephine Cuddihy, Mary Harkin. 8 Table ¾ Howell. 1. Ann Brennan, Margaret Drennan. 2. Hannah Byrne, Bea Johnston. 3. Marie Broggy, Kathleen O’Shaughnessy.

Abbey Bridge Club - 13 Nov. 9 Table ¾ Howell. 1. Phil Kenealy, Margaret Kiely. 2. Mary Morris, Catherine Philpott. 3. Josephine Cuddihy, Mary Harkin. 8 Table ¾ Howell. 1. Ann Brennan, Margaret Drennan. 2. Hannah Byrne, Bea Johnston. 3. Marie Broggy, Kathleen O’Shaughnessy.

Club ’97 - 8 Nov. 7 Table ¾ Howell. 1. Regina Butler, Marie Madden. 2. Alice O’Carroll, Joan O’Gara. 3. Helen O’Mahony, Mary O’Reilly. 7 Table ¾ Howell. 1. Margaret Stewart, Noel Walsh. 2. Joan Murphy, Myrtle Wellwood. 3. Maura Holden, Maura Wallace. 15 Nov. 7 Table ¾ Howell. 1. Pauline Geoghegan, Grace Marshall. 2. Linda Darlington, Christine Leonowicz. 3. Bridget Holohan, Liam Holohan. 7 Table ¾ Howell. 1. Helen O’Mahony, Mary O’Reilly. 2. Noreen Bergin, Mary Murphy. 3. Ann Treacy, Brid White.

Confederation ‘350’ Bridge Club - 7 Nov. 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. Hugh Donnelly-Swift, Raymond Lannen. 2. Betty O’Connor, Catherine Walsh. 3. Ann Lennon, Loretto O’Driscoll. 4. Mary Cuggy, Helene Holohan. 14 Nov. 9 Table ¾ Howell. 1. Breda Fogarty, Rita Ryan. 2. Paul Brady, Kathleen Ferguson. 3. Maureen Sheehan, Ann Treacy. 4. Kay Doran, Kathleen O’Shaughnessy. 9 Table ¾ Howell. 1. Helen McIntyre, Mandy Walsh. 2. Hugh Donnelly, Raymond Lannen. 3. Rita Morrissey, Catherine Philpott. 4. Ann Lennon, Loretto O’Driscoll.

Friary Bridge Club - 31 Oct. 10 Table ¾ Howell. 1. Pat Power, Frances Theloke. 2. Dor Lanigan, Mary Murphy. 3. Mary Cunningham, Paddy O’Brien. 4. Maura Dore, Mary Meaney. 7 Nov. 12 Table Scrambled Mitchell. 1. Donal Fennelly, Richie McEvoy. 2. Augusta Collins, Brighid Kennedy. 3. Barbara Carroll, Leo Monagle. 4. Julie Lawlor, Pat Power.

Kilkenny Bridge Club - 13 Nov. 11 Table Scrambled Mitchell. 1. Teresa Dunne, Mary Fitzpatrick. 2. Jim Campbell, Conor Foley. 3. Breda Butler, Elizabeth Delaney. 4. Breda Holohan, Maura O’Mahony.

Nore Bridge Club - 15 Nov. 7 Table ¾ Howell. 1. Joan Fogarty, William Fogarty. 2. Bernadette Egan, Kay Molloy. 3. Jim Campbell, Jamie Martin. 4. Melanie O’Briain, Mary Shields. 8 Table ¾ Howell. 1. Greta Brennan, Catherine King. 2. Peggie Henderson, Therese Pender. 3. Beatrice Crotty, Kathleen O’Driscoll. 4. Hugh Donnelly-Swift, Colette O’Neill.

Rothe Bridge Club - 12 Nov. 8 Table ¾ Howell. 1. Maureen Sheehan, Brid White. 2. Bridget Holohan, Liam Holohan. 3. Kathleen O’Shaughnessy, Noel Walsh. 9 Table ¾ Howell. 1. Kay Mulhall, Maud Ryan. 2. Margaret Mullins, Mary O’Reilly. Joint 3. Statia Clancy, Noreen Grogan. Josephine Meaney, Siobhan Power.

FIXTURES: - 23-25 Nov. Kilkenny Bridge Congress. Venue – Ormonde Hotel. Entries: Teresa McGrath, 056-7722855, Marion Kilbride, 087-6544737. 2 Dec. CBAI Regional Pairs, Ryston Sports Centre, Newbridge. 1.30 p.m. 1 Session. Entries: Hugh Donnelly Swift, 085-7118753.

WHAT I LEARNED ABOUT BRIDGE AND FORGOT - Learning From A Poor Suit. (cont. from last week). 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.