The traffic snarls of August have passed and there are fewer visitors to the Island, but the duplicate bridge players are still elbowing their way to the tables.
Nine tables were in play at the Thursday, September 6, Island Bridge Club (IBC) game. David Donald and Rich Colter took first place overall with a 61.90 percent average. Also playing east/west Bob Henry and Barbara McLagan took second and the Ency Fokos/Robert Fokos team took third place.
The north/south team of Barbara Besse and Miles Jaffe, with a 58.63 percent average took first in their direction. Also playing north/south Bob Iadiciccio and Gerry Averill took second and the Foster Greene/Anita Persson team came in third.
The final game of the season for the Saturday morning Bridge Club of MV (BCMV) saw eight tables in play on September 8. According to game manager Clara Hargrave, playing north/south Don Nelson and Charlie Harff took first, Dotti Arnold and Cheryl Neal came in second and Elizabeth Kros and Joe Phillips took third. Playing east/west Geraldine Jones and Charity Randolph took first, Jim Kaplan and Brooks Robards took second and Charlene Roberts-Hayden and partner Dorothy Brannon came in third. No percentages are available.
And, on Tuesday, September 4, at the Martha’s Vineyard Bridge Club (MVBC) competition, Bea Phear and Nancy Neil came in first overall with a 62.20 percent average game. Also playing east/west Bob Henry and Miles Jaffe took second place and Gerry Averill and Simmy Denhart took third place.
Across the seven tables in play, at north/south, Michael Lindheimer and Stan Kissell took first place (55.06 percent average) followed by Bill Blakesley and Cecily Greenaway in second and there was a tie for third between the teams of Art Spielvogel/Bob Franklin and Gail Farrish/Charlie Harff.
Tip of the week
Although the summer of duplicate bridge has ended for Life Masters Mollie Whalen and Joe Ashcroft, their tips for better play continue. “The Rule of Eleven is used when playing No Trump. If your opponent leads fourth from the longest suit, take the value of the card led and subtract it from 11. The result is the number of cards in the other three hands that are higher than the card led. Once you see how many cards higher there are in the dummy and in your hand, you will know exactly how many cards higher your right-hand-opponent has.”
The MVBC game 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 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 email@example.com by noon on Wednesday for assistance. The cost is $5 a session.