Bridge Corner with Kay Molloy

Confederation’350’ Bridge Club

Confederation’350’ Bridge Club

25 March. Kathleen Ferguson – President’s Prize: 1) Mags McQuillan / Therese Pender, Best Gross: Hugh Donnelly / Raymond Lannen, 2) Anne Brennan / Mary Fawsitt, 3) Rita Morrissey / Catherine Philpott, 4) Mary Condon / Jackie Purcell, 5) Eamon Dunne / Kathleen Dunne, 6) John McMahon / Esther Phelan, 7) Gretta Kelly / Tish Leech, 8) Paul; Brady / Kathleen Ferguson, 9) Kitty Roche / Rita Ryan, 10) Maura Kenealy / Sandra O’Driscoll, 11) Margaret Kelleher / Mary Lawlor, 12) Teresa Buckley / Mandy Walsh, 13) Joan McElwee / Dympna White, 14) Betty O’Connor / Catherine Walsh, 15) Ann Kelly / Ann O’Rourke, 16) Mary Cuggy / Helene Holohan, 17) Maria Brennan / Rose Walsh, 18) Breda Murray / Frances Walsh, 19) Ann Lee / Margot Harte, 20) Maura Coady / Margaret Walsh, 21) Jo Lawlor / Tom Morris.

28 March. 7 Table ¾ Howell: 1) Betty O’Connor / Catherine Walsh, 2) John McMahon / Esther Phelan, 3) Hugh Donnelly / Raymond Lannen, 4) Ann Lennon / Loretto O’Driscoll. 7 Table ¾ Howell: 1) Teresa Brennan / Mary Dowling, 2) Maureen Sheehan / Ann Treacy, 3) Maura Coady / Margaret Walsh, 4) Frances Foley / RitaRyan,

Friary Bridge Club

22 March. 9 Table Howell: 1) Catherine Brady / Audrey Marnell, 2) Julie Lawlor / Kevin McDaid, 3) Barbara Carroll / Leo Monagle, 4) Carmel Keane / Anna Keegan.

Kilkenny Bridge Club

27 March. 13 Table Scrambled Mitchell: 1) Teresa Dunne / Sheila Ryan, 2) Bobby Grace / Peter McQuillan, 3) Teresa McGrath / Maria Troy, 4) Jim Campbell / Jaime Martin, 5) Angela Carroll / Aileen Hehir.

Nore Bridge Club

29 March. 7 Table ¾ Howell: 1) Joan Fogarty / William Fogarty, 2) Annette Kennedy / Pat Wall, 3) Sheila Ryan / Mary Shields, 4) Breda Deevy / Bobby Grace.

Ormonde / Castle Bridge Club

26 March. 8 Table Howell: 1) Noreen Cody / Sheila Ryan, 2) Ellen Dowling / Marion Kilbride, 3) Maura Dore / Leo Monagle.


Open Bridge will be held at Kilkenny Bridge Centre on Holy Thursday, 5 April, and Good Friday, 6th. April, at 7.30p.m. All Bridge Players welcome.

6-9 April. Galway Congress, Ardilaun Hotel, Taylor’s Hill, Galway. Entries: Marcella Mitchell 091-757986.

14 April. J J Murphy Trophy – National Novice Pairs Championship.

14 April. Lambert Cup – National Confined Pairs Championship Area Master & Int. A. 15 April. Cooper Cup – National Confined Teams Championship (AM & A)

Venue: Heritage Hotel, Portlaoise. Book Hotel NOW 057-8678588. Entries to CBAI Headquarters at 01-4929666. Fax: 01-4929751 email:


Against 3NT partner leads Diamond K. The following dummy goes down: North: Spade A73 Heart KQ7 Diamond 753 Club AQ62, You, East, hold Spade 9542 Heart J65 Diamond 1062 Club K73. What do you know about partner’s diamond holding? She has led the King, the top of a sequence. You know partner holds KQJx or perhaps KQJxx. You are certain about this; since you hold the ten, partner cannot have KQ10x. Note: we are assuming partner holds a fourth (small) card in the suit; you usually lead your longest suit against notrump. Furthermore you know that partner does not have the Ace. From a sequence headed by the Ace she would have led the Ace.

What use is this information? Remember Bridge is a partnership game. Just as partner’s lead gives you information about partner’s cards, the card you play should give information about your cards. Partner has led the Diamond K. You hold Diamond 1062 and are about to play one of them. What possible information can you give partner that will be of help to her. There are many ways of conveying information to partner about cards you hold. We will merely list some of them and deal with them as they arise during the series: (a) You can tell partner whether or not you like her lead; (b) You can tell her how many cards you hold in the suit; (c) You can indicate another suit you are interested in. In the example, since you know where all the key diamonds, Ace, King, Queen, Jack and ten, are situated, partner might like to know how many diamonds you hold. So, play the two. A fundamental part of defensive play is to give partner a COUNT of the cards you hold. A higher card followed by a lower one shows an even number of cards; a low card followed by a higher one shows an odd number. In the example the play of the two tells partner you have an odd number. Partner will figure out you have 3 diamonds.

Next week we will continue by changing your card holding by just one card so ensure you save your notes.