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MONDAY Evening Game Time Changed




Take note! Starting time is 6:30 pm each and every week. Our goal is to help


you get home shortly after 10:00 pm. Joe Wernet (614-935- 8911), Director,


asks that you give him a call by 5:00 pm to tell him that you will be coming. He


is also happy to get you a partner, if you’ll let him know that you need one.


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The COBA SECTIONAL TOURNAMENT begins this Friday morning at 9:00


am, with a BridgePlus Game, followed by an excellent hand discussion.


Emmy Haji and Joyce Penn will help you understand problem-hands that you


encountered during the game, while you enjoy brunch, with your friends.


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We all wish that the flu virus would pass-by Ohio. But chances are we’ll be in the midst of the action


very soon. Usually viral in origin, it is most common in the winter months.


1. Help us all stay healthy by:


a. asking your doctor for the flu vaccine; it’s not too late to receive






b. staying home when you experience a fever, cough, sore throat,


and body aches. Your elderly bridge friends with medical problems


are at an increased risk for developing serious complications from


the flu;


c. washing your hands frequently with soap and water, and/or the


alcohol sanitizer provided in each restroom and at the front desk;


d. COVERing your mouth when you cough. Either cough into


your elbow or tissues. You may not think that you are


contagious, but coughs and sneezes are the main source of


droplet-infection. Secretions from your lungs belong in a tissue


and not inhaled by those sitting around you, regardless of


whether or not you are being treated by your doctor; and


e. are you one of our regular finger-lickers while you touch the


playing cards? It will introduce nasty germs into your mouth…..


for everyone’s sake, try to break this habit!


 Saturday Evening, December 17 – Holiday Dinner


Everyone is invited to the club’s Annual Holiday Dinner and Unit Championship game.  Cost: $10.00/person.  Start time: 6:00 pm. The maximum tables allowed will be 25, so be sure to look for the signup sheet posted and include you and your partner’s names. 


Annual New Year’s Eve Bash–FRIDAY, December 30 – YES!

Welcome in the New Year with all your friends at the Bridge Center one evening early!  Bring an appetizer or dessert and come enjoy more of our Silver Point STaC Tournament while sipping champagne.  Extra points, extra fun! Starting at 7:00 pm.


Help Families in Need…….

This year we’ll continue our holiday project focusing on donations to the Franklin County Children Services.  Family items, new toys and clothes, as well as money, are all needed to help those less fortunate.  Children from broken homes, poverty, and destitute circumstances will benefit from the help that you can give them.  Donations are tax deductible and gifts should not be wrapped.  We will sort and classify them, before Santa Dominic Nick & Mrs Nick deliver them. Checks should be made out to “Holiday Wish” and gifts should NOT be wrapped. Deadline for donations is December 9.


Silver Points at the Bridge center


Join us for the District 11 Holiday STaC beginning the day after Christmas! All awards are Silver Points and our COBA Unit generously pays your ACBL extra $2.00 sanction fee, for each game in which you play. It concludes on Sunday, January 1, 2016, with an afternoon Swiss team game


The Bridge Center will be OPEN  Friday, December 23.  We will be closed Saturday, December 24 and Sunday, December 25.


Merry Christmas – Happy Hanukkah


Slow Losers vs Fast Losers

 By Joyce Penn

   How many tricks do you expect to win if one suit that you hold is AKx, opposite three small cards in the dummy?  How many tricks to you expect to win if a suit that you hold is KQJ, opposite three small cards in the dummy (xxx)?

   In both cases, declarer can expect to win two tricks and lose one. This is where the similarity ends. In the first holding, declarer has a third round loser (slow) which gives declarer time to use another suit to discard that one loser.

   In the second holding, declarer has a first round (fast) loser. Declarer would need three discards from another suit to avoid that loser. Declarer cannot afford to lose any tricks in the process, since the loser in the second holding can immediately be grabbed by the defense. It is useful, when declaring, to notice if your losers are fast or slow. When planning the play of a hand, slow losers can be used to your advantage: search other side suits for ways to discard those losers.

   A “mirror” distribution refers to the holding where both declarer and dummy have the same length in all four suits. No matter how many high card points are held, declarer may have limited trick taking ability since no suit can provide discards for slow losers.


A Guide to The Limited Games at the Bridge Center


   Each Monday and Friday morning, we hold a limited pairs section beside our Open Pairs section, at 11:30 am. Masterpoints awarded are 80% of those in the open game and allow you to compete against other limited pairs. The maximum award is 1.20 masterpoints for a limited game. On Monday, you, or your partner, may not have more than 750 MPs and on Friday, players with up to 1,000 MPs may play in this section.

   Each Tuesday and Thursday morning, we hold a handicap open pairs game, in which players with limited masterpoints are given a board handicap, based on their existing masterpoints. Handicap categories begin with the 0-5 masterpoint players, progressing through 5-20 MPs, 20-50 MPs and all the way to 2,000 MPs, at which point, no handicap is given. Masterpoint awards are “split” for these games. There are two categories of winners, raw and handicap. First place in the handicap field is 50 percent of what it would normally be, but players who place in both fields, receive a combination of scores. No negative handicaps are permitted.

    Circle your difficult hands each Tuesday and join Joyce, at 3:15 pm, for a discussion of the bidding, play and/or defense, of those tough boards. If a convention is involved, in the bidding, Joyce will review it and consider alternative treatments. She discusses leads and declarer play, to help you improve, from week to week. Each Thursday morning, at 10:15, join Cheryl for regular instruction and hand analysis. Bring your problem hands to discuss and learn Cheryl’s solutions as she discusses each hand, and topic. There is no charge for these sessions.




 Joyce’s Tips of the month:


Evaluating Your Partner’s Lead


One of the most important defensive tips ever, is the following:  When the dummy is tabled, add declarer’s likely point count to dummy’s known count. Add this total to your point count and subtract from 40, to assess how many points your partner is likely to have. It is essential to do this on each and every hand!



  LHO     Partner  Responder     You  

    1NT     Pass            3NT            Pass                  

You:  QJ108      10986     J4    876


Partner leads the 2 and dummy has 10 HCP, with the 7 & the 5. Assume declarer has 16 HCP (NT range is 15-17), so they have 26 points between them. Add your 4 HCP and subtract this total from the number 40. Your partner has 10 HCP and ostensibly has led his 4th best heart. By subtracting the number on the card, from 11, defender (and declarer) can tell how many cards higher than the card led are in the other three hands.11-2 = 9. You see 4 cards higher than the 2 in your hand, and 2 cards higher than the 2 in the dummy. 9-6 = 3. There are 3 cards higher than the 2, in declarer’s hand. If declarer plays low, you should insert the 6. If declarer calls for the 7, you should play the 8. Play the lowest card you have, in a sequence, when the lead comes into your hand. If and when you gain the lead, return the 10, unblocking your suit, for partner.



Passive Defense = “safe.” Leading from three low cards or the top of a sequence. This type of defense is usually indicated unless you see a runnable side-suit in dummy and suspect declarer can throw his losers away.

Aggressive Defense = “attacking.” It is designed to capture tricks quickly, such as leading away from a king or laying down an unsupported ace. Suppose you decide to attack a suit holding K J 2. Which card should you lead? Lead the 2, hoping your partner has the Ace and can come back through declarer, trapping his Q with your K and J. Try to be passive, unless the evidence indicates that declarer can dispose of losers, unless you do become active.


1. The common phrase, “Eight Ever-Nine Never,” refers only to the missing Queen of trump. Therefore, if you are declaring a hand with 8 trumps between you and the dummy, it is probably correct to finesse for the Queen (“ever”). If you are declaring a hand with 9 trumps between you and the dummy, it is probably correct to NOT finesse for the Queen (“never”). That is, with no extraneous information from the bidding, play the Ace of trump, followed by the King of trump, hoping that the Queen falls. 2. An opening lead of a singleton is seldom correct – especially if your partner has never bid. Why? He’s not getting in to give you the ruff you want so badly!