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NABC, Columbus: March 19-29 2020
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Congratulations to our newest Life Master: Ed Kraus
We are starting a new lessons plan to improve the game of intermediate players. Click on the suman’s forum tab above to get more information
Thank you for supporting our Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday evening pair games. Monday begins at 6:30 pm, but the other evenings start at 7:00 pm.
Because our games are small in the evenings, we need you to PLEASE call the director to let him know that you plan on coming, 1.5 to 2.0 hours in advance of the game.
This way we can plan for as many tables as possible. If you neglect to call the director, he may feel that there are not enough pairs for that evening.
Because Saturday is also a small game, please let Mike Hill know by 11:30 am that you plan on coming. The directors telephones are as follows:
JOHN BEACH: 614-451-2884
MIKE HILL: 614-437-9871
JOE WERNET: 614-935-8911
The Rule of Eleven is a tricky gimmick for helping YOU, as defender place cards in the opening suit led by your partner. Yes, this will enable you to count this suit first, in your quest to place the distribution and high cards of each suit, around the table. Here is a wonderful start on the first suit led.
We all know that tops of sequences or fourth best of a leader’s longest and strongest suit, especially versus Notrump, are common leads, and good leads. Remember, however, that top of a sequence takes precedence over fourth-best leads. When 4th best, however, is the lead, the Rule tells you how many cards there are in the remaining three hands that are higher than the card led….a very accurate process!
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When West leads the ♥7 and dummy plays the ♥2, East needs to pause and do the arithmetic for the Rule of Eleven. Subtract the ♥7 from the number 11. There are four cards in the remaining three hands (excluding the opening leader’s hand) that are
h-i-g-h-e-r than the ♥7. East sees the dummy’s ♥9 and Queen and the ♥Ace and Jack in his own hand (exactly 4 cards higher than the ♥7 led). Zowie! Declarer has NO cards higher than the ♥7.
Simply play the ♥4, watch the ♥7 win the trick and your partner will lead the suit again for you. Thus, hearts are distributed 4(W) – 3(N) – 4(E) – 2(S) around the table and you and partner will win the first four heart tricks!
Try to add this to your defensive arsenal, taking the time to think about partner’s opening lead and execute an excellent start to the defense.
Do not knee-jerk the play of “3rd hand high,” and play the ♥Ace. You will deeply regret it when you watch declarer win his ♥Q later in the hand.
The new venue for our Sectional Tournaments promises a golf course view while you diligently pursue more silver points. As you know, becoming a Life Master involves accumulating Gold, Red and Silver points. Gold and Red points are generally won at regional tournaments, while black points are awarded at bridge clubs. The most elusive color to procure, is silver points which are won only at sectional tournaments and STaCs. A third type of tournament
The exception to club black points is the silver points awarded at STaCs, (Sectional Tournament at Clubs), Likewise, twice per year, the ACBL sponsors an IMP (Instant Matchpoint Game), at the club. Held simultanously across North America, clubs will award one gold point to section tops, in each section. The remaining awards are half-red/half-black points,
Another type of tournament called the North American Bridge Championships (NABC) is held each Spring, Summer and Fall, awarding Platinum, Gold and Black points. We hope for your support at the 2020 NABC, which will be held at the Columbus Convention Center, March 19, 2020 to March 29.
Player Complaints Re: Remote Scoring Etiquette:
Loud voices reading contracts & scores! If you are seated East-West and you
approve the contract and score on the remote scorer, please refrain from reading
anything on the screen. Approve, then silently place the remote in the center of
the table, on top of the boards, for everyone to see. Verbally stating any information is rude, unnecessary and easily heard by the surrounding tables!