It is starting to feel relaxed again on the Island – everywhere except the competitive duplicate bridge tables.
Forty-four bridge players rushed to the competition at the Thursday, August 23, Island Bridge Club (IBC) game. Bea Phear and Nancy Neil took the overall first-place honors with a 62.33 percent average. Also playing east/west, Deirdre Ling and Ed Russell took second place, and Rich Alpert and Al Shrive came in third.
The north/south team of Don Nelson and Lou Winkelman, with a 58.38 percent average took first in their direction. Also playing north/south Carl Whitmarsh and Sari Lipkin took second, and Eric Stricoff and Rhonda Cohen took third. Eleven tables were in play.
And, on Tuesday, August 21, at the Martha’s Vineyard Bridge Club (MVBC) competition, Barbara Besse and Miles Jaffee came in first overall with a 65.39 percent average game. Bill Blakesley and Cecily Greenaway took second. There was a tie for third/fourth place between the teams of Barbara McLagan/Rich Alpert and Ken Judson/Anita Persson. Eight tables were in play.
Tip of the week
Life masters Mollie Whalen and Joe Ashcroft explain that there is an exception to the rule of playing four/four major suit fits rather than No Trump. “If your bidding determines that both hands are distributed four-three-three-three, you will not be able to generate a ruff for an extra trick. You should play the hand in No Trump.”
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 email@example.com 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 Gerry at 508-693-2889 or firstname.lastname@example.org by noon on Wednesday for help. The cost is $5 a session.
There is also a Saturday duplicate game hosted by the Bridge Club of MV and sanctioned by the American Bridge Association. This 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.