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full of goodies.
Reflecting on the past twelve months,
Bridge Club Live has had a calendar of
events that was packed with variety. Every
type of game and competition was there:
Teams, Pairs, Knockouts, Ladders, Match-
pointed Pairs, IMPs – something for
GREAT happenings in Bridge Club Live In September a group of members gathered everyone. Additional events were held – no
during the past few weeks. in Istanbul for the club’s Annual International prizes – just for the thrill of taking part in a
DIDO took off in style and as a result Reunion (see picture) and once again, the variety of fun competitions, instead of
planning is now under way to incorporate it varied programme – mixing bridge with always striving to win the most OMPs.
into other areas of the club. This automated social and leisure events – created new Software development progressed with the
Drop in Drop out movement has levelled the friendships and wonderful memories for all website and playing arena providing ever
playing field and encouraged more people to who were there. more facilities. We participated in the
play in Match-pointed Pairs every day (with Our next major F2F event will be the Children in Need Sims and offered an online
the possibility of achieving Online Master Annual Hinckley Reunion in Leicestershire, venue for hundreds of players.
Points (OMPs) being an added attraction). January 9-12 2009. All members in good Many of our members across the world
DIDO replicates online, the F2F (face-to-face) standing with the club are cordially invited to have participated in F2F National and Inter-
movement we would play in a local club. join us and full information can be found on national events taking home trophies and
Constructive input from our members, the website. titles. Our worldwide community of Bridge
combined with steady software development Next September will see us in Upper Austria Club Live has grown and is even more vibrant
has enabled further refinements and impro- for a weekend in the hometown of two of our than twelve months ago – proving that you
vements to be almost instantaneous. The most popular members. Erwin and Edith are don’t have to leave home to travel the world!
result is a slick, fast-moving competition that hosting International Reunion 2009 in Wels For more information about items in this
is a firm favourite. and already the programme promises to be article, contact Fran@bridgeclublive.com.
Supervised Practice for less experienced
players is steady and growing. The two
PRIZE PLAY ANSWER
Monday sessions 12 hours apart, at 9am and
9pm, are supported by some of our top
players – several of whom are bridge teachers.
Usually we manage to have a coach at each
table, giving on-the-spot help. In the Monday clubs and two top diamonds, unblocking the
nine-eight of diamonds from dummy. Then
coaching sessions, our members and guests
you cross to the king of spades and cash the
meet others of a similar ability and play in a Prizes kindly donated by PIATNIK,
king of clubs, discarding a spade.
room where help is on hand to select the makers of playing cards since 1824 If clubs break 3-3, you run the suit,
appropriate bids and analyse the play when making at least one overtrick. In practice,
QUIZ master Julian Pottage gives his view of
the need arises. East shows out on the third round of clubs.
the best line of play in our October com-
We also have several members who have Now, if West has dropped the ten or jack of
petition and awards prizes in three categories.
volunteered to mentor on a one-to-one basis, diamonds on the first two rounds of the suit,
you should finesse the seven of diamonds.
offering their time to play and discuss hands
This gains if West started with 10-x or J-x
with players who have now progressed past ♠ K83
and loses only to J-10-x.
Supervised Practice but are not yet fully ♥ 10 8
What would you do if West showed out on
confident in a competitive situation. This is in ♦ 986
the third round of clubs? In this case, you
addition to the facility we now offer verified would play for the drop in diamonds. This is
♠ J 10 7 4 ♠ Q9
bridge teachers, to advertise on our website N because West, who would hardly lead a four-
♥ K74 ♥ AJ952
and make use of the teaching facilities. W E card spade suit in preference to a five-card
♦ J2 S ♦ 10 5 4 3
heart suit, would be most unlikely to hold a
♣ J982 ♣ 10 7
doubleton diamond as well as a doubleton
♣ AQ Congratulations to the winners:
County: John Drummond,
You play in 3NT after an uncontested London NW1
auction. West leads the four of spades. Regional: Michael Toft,
You have eight top tricks. You have Stoke-sub-Hamdon,
chances in all the suits for an extra trick, with Somerset
the best chances in the minors. (Spades are Open: Peter Hawkes,
unlikely to break 3-3 after the lead; also, even Radley, Oxon
From the left: Michael (Huckleberry) Stroud,
if East has the ace-king of hearts, you cannot
Barry Capal, Cagri, our Turkish TD, and Linda easily lead hearts twice from dummy.)
(LindyLou) Quigley, awaiting the results of the You win the initial spade in hand. For the This month’s new
Individual Competition being scored by Fran next four tricks, you cash the ace-queen of Play Quiz is featured on page 49.
(Essex Girl) Bramzel &Tony (Tramp) Philpott.
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