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Monday, June 20: 7:00 PM

Join us in honoring the strength, heart and endurance shown by persons with Alzheimer’s Disease and their caregivers, every single day of each year. The “Longest Day” means the length of time between sunrise and sunset. It is at its maximum this year on June 20.

Alzheimer’s Disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the US and the only cause of death among the top ten that cannot be prevented, slowed or stopped. A number of studies indicate that maintaining strong social connections and keeping mentally active may delay cognitive decline and possible dementia, as we age.

Our club will participate in raising funds for this excellent cause. This special game will award 70% sectional-rated black points. One-half of the game proceeds will be donated, through the ACBL, to the cause. Additionally 100% of the proceeds from our raffle will be donated. The lucky raffle winner will receive a month’s free play OR 10 free plays to the Columbus Bridge Center. Buy your tickets for $5 each (or 6 tickets for $25), to participate in the drawing, which will occur during this evening game.

Additionally, tax-deductible checks will be accepted, written to “The Alzheimer’s Association.” Receipts will be sent to the address listed on your check. Our goal is to raise as much money as possible. If you have a gift certificate, special item, or gourmet food/drink that you would like to add to the raffle, please see Joyce.



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!