Next Saturday, the two-session Non-Life Master Pairs will be held. The first session will start at 9.30am, followed by the second session after a short lunch break. The event is open to all players with less than 300 Master Points at the start of the event.
This Monday, the Member-Guest Social game takes place at 12.30pm. The main purpose is to introduce new blood into the club so if you have someone who might want to learn and enjoy this amazing game of ours, take them along.
This weeks hand needs you to concentrate a bit more than usual and I will give you a hint, it involves noticing a bit more than just the picture cards.
Dealer South , N/S Vulnerable
The hand came up in a team game and North/South knew that they were behind and needed a good result. The bidding was illuminating when South opened 1 spade and West bid 2 spades showing Hearts and a minor. North now checked for aces and when South showed one ace, he bid a bold grand slam in spades.
West made the usual lead against a grand slam, a trump. Take a try at the best play before you move on.
Declarer won, drew one more trump and could now see 12 tricks 1 heart, 1 diamond, 2 clubs and 8 spades, two high ones and three ruffs in each hand so he needed a 13th no problem, look at those diamond spots.
Declarer cashed the diamond ace, followed by ace and king of clubs throwing two hearts. A club ruff confirmed West as 1-5-5-2 so declarer led the diamond queen which West had to cover and this was ruffed, followed by a club ruff, diamond 9, covered by the 10 and ruffed.
Now another club ruff back to hand and this was the position:
Declarer now led the 8 of diamonds, covered with the jack and ruffed he now claimed the last two tricks with the ace of hearts and the diamond 7.
Needs a bit of concentration, but not really that hard after the bidding and play confirmed that West had all the diamonds. Did you solve it?
Results Week of April 30
1. Molly Taussig/Diana Diel
2. Sheena Rayner/Magda Farag
3. Judy King/Martha Ferguson
1. Charles Hall/William Pollett
2. Judith Bussell/
3. Joseph Wakefield/
1. Alan Douglas/Edward Betteto
2. Richard Gray/Wendy Gray
3. John Glynn/Jane Smith
1. Tim Mardon/Charlie Griffiths
2. Carol Jones/Wendy Salvia
3. Felicity Lunn/Gina Graham
1. Jean Johnson/Dorry Lusher
2. Judith Bussell/
3. Ellen Davidson/
1. Patricia Siddle/Diana Diel
2. Molly Taussig/
3. Linda Pollett/Julia Beach
1. K Van Pelt, J Leitch, D Leitch, K Keane
2. J King, M Ferguson,
J Luebkemann, D Pickering
1. E McKee, E Betteto, M Viotti, J Burville
2. G. Barker, J Smith, J Glynn, M Farag
1. Louise Rodger/Patricia Siddle
2. Charles Hall/Magda Farag
3. Michael Antar/Julia Patton
1. Judith Bussell/
2. Alan Douglas/Jane Smith
3. Greta Marshall/