BRIDGE: The week’s news from Rugby and Village bridge clubs

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Six different results from same hand the eight times it was played


In a bumper week, demonstrating the Club’s broadly-based appeal, each of the four sessions had an attendance of between 13 and 16 pairs. In total, 78 people, over half the Club’s members, played.

Daughter and father pair Clare and Peter Dixon achieved 65% in a rare outing together on Friday. Other winners were Alan Webb and Dennis Angove (61% on Tuesday), Clive Toll and Chris Malthouse (63% on Wednesday) and Rob Bates and Andy Robinson (62% on Thursday). Stuart Warne and Debbie Welch figured twice among the runners-up.

This Tuesday hand yielded 6 different results from the 8 times it was played:

North - S - T 9; H - 8 7 5 3 2; D - 8 6 5; C – 9 7 5

East - S - K 8 7 5 3; H – J 6; D – 2; C – A Q T 6 3

South - S – A Q J 6; H - A T 9; D – Q J T 9 7 4; C -----

West - S – 4 2; H – K Q 4; D – A K 3; K J 8 4 3

Not surprisingly, east – west, with 26 points, were more often in the contract. West made 3 No Trumps twice, but only 10 tricks were normally available in the more obvious club contract because two spades and a heart should be lost.

Amazingly, two souths bid to 3 and 4 diamonds, and were doubled for their temerity. 9 tricks should be out of reach provided dummy can be kept off-lead and clubs are played at every available opportunity, but this defence was difficult to find and 3 diamonds was made with 14 points to give Ken Fernie and Pam Southern an outright top.

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On Monday evening seven full tables played. Top were Peter Halliday & Brian Mawby with 63.89% followed by Alan Webb & Chris Cassin with 59.72%. Third were the new pairing of Chris Cooper & Maxwell Kynoch with 56.60%, fourth were Pam Southern & Ken Fernie on 55.21% and fifth, Audrey Upton & Christine Greenaway with 54.17%.

On Tuesday afternoon of last week a record nine pairs were led by Janet Stuchbury & Laura Von Tucher with 61.11%. Second were Ron Woolgar & Caelia Pinkney on 56.67% followed by Pauline Batchelor & Janet O’Connor on 52.22%. In the evening, the club took on the mighty West Midlands B in the Warwickshire Handicap Cup. Not even a start of 18 IMPs could save us, though the team put up a good fight taking around 27 IMPs.

On Thursday 18th, Brian Mawby & Peter Halliday and Nicky & Jim Bainbridge took on Dunjons at home in Coventry Division 3. They were only 15-13 ahead at half time, and the second half was practically a mirror image right up to Board 24. This proved to be the decider with the home team taking 11 IMPs from the board. Also on Thursday evening Peter & Vera Iredale led with 75.00% from Janet O’Connor & Eve Norton on 53.13%. Sue and John Robards remain in the lead in the handicap competition.

This Monday the Village Maids again improved their score, this time taking 4VPs from the Clifton Clubs, losing only 16-4. Still improving!