It was a hot and steamy summer week, both weather-wise and at the Island’s duplicate bridge tables.
The overall winning team at the Thursday, August 9, Island Bridge Club (IBC) game came in a tenth of a percent point ahead of the field of 22 other teams. Rhonda Cohen and Eric Stricoff, playing north/south, scored a 61.57 percent average. Also playing north/south, Deirdre Ling and Ed Russell took second and Sari Lipkin and Carol Whitmarsh took third.
The east/west team of Bea Phear and Nancy Neil, with a 61.44 percent average, took first in their direction and narrowly missed first place overall. Also playing east/west, Barbara McLagan and Bob Henry took second, and Ency Fokos ad Marianne Keler took third.
On Saturday morning, August 11, at the Bridge Club of MV (BCMV) game, with 11 tables in play, Rhonda Cohen and Colleen Morris took first place overall with a 66.73 percent average. Also playing north/south, Carol Whitmarsh and Bill Levine came in second, and Duncan Walton and Calvin Bass took third.
Playing east/west, Donald Brown and Bill Poorvu came in first (62.82 percent average), Ann Brown and Deirdre Ling took second, and Betsy Salmond and Nancy Eppel came in third.
And, on Tuesday, August 7 at the Martha’s Vineyard Bridge Club (MVBC) competition, Dale and Sue Collinson took first place overall with a 64.88 percent average. Barbara McLagan and Rich Alpert came in second and Rich Colter and Dave Donald were third-place finishers. Eight tables were in play.
Tip of the week
Life masters Mollie Whalen and Joe Ashcroft will soon be heading back to the world of academia, but they promise to keep providing Islanders with tips to improve play well into the winter months.
They remind players that, “when playing duplicate, try not to let the opponents get away with a low level contract, like 1 spade. If your opponents are dropping out of the bidding at such a low level, you and your partner are likely to have as many points as they do. So don’t pass out the hand if you can either make a take-out double or bid a five-card suit. Be cautious however, when the vulnerability is against you.”
When and where
The MVBC game (sanctioned by the American Contract Bridge League) is held on Tuesday evenings at 7:30 pm at the Stone Church in Vineyard Haven. Admission is $4. Contact Sue at 508-693-9396 or firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance in finding an available partner.
The IBC game (also sanctioned by the American Contract Bridge League) is held Thursday evenings at 7 pm at the Up-Island Council on Aging Howes House in West Tisbury. Players needing a partner are urged to contact Bea at 508-693-3791 or Beaphear2@gmail.com by noon on Wednesday for assistance. The cost is $5 per session.
The Saturday Bridge Club of MV (sanctioned by the American Bridge Association) game is held at the Tisbury Senior Center with continental breakfast at 9 am and play starting at 9:30 am. Players without partners are welcome. The cost is $5. For more information, contact Clara at 508-627-5463.