Many of the duplicate bridge players who are on the Island only in the summer seem to be lingering, so the sanctioned games are bursting with enthusiastic players. On Thursday night, 42 players were at the tables; on Tuesday night there were 34 competitors.
On Thursday, September 27, at the Island Bridge Club (IBC) game, Carol Whitmarsh and Sari Lipkin took overall winner honors with a 63.99 percent average game score. Also playing north/south Gail Farrish and Charlie Harff came in second place and the Lindheimer team (Sandy and Michael) were in third place.
The east/west team of Rich Colter and David Donald (62.92 percent average) took first in their direction. Bea Phear and Cecily Greenaway took second and the Cabot team (Dan and Nancy) came in third. Eleven tables were in play.
Tuesday, September 25, at the Martha’s Vineyard Bridge Club (MVBC) competition Deirdre Ling and Ed Russell came in first overall with 64.88 percent average game. The Cabots (Dan and Nancy) took second place overall (61.64percent average) and Barbara Besse and Jim Kaplan were in third place (57.94 percent). Nine tables were in play.
Tip of the week
From her academic perch in Pennsylvania, Life Master Mollie Whalen emails this reminder: “When you open the bidding and your left hand opponent (LHO) makes a call, this may interfere with your partner’s normal response, but it may also provide additional opportunities for your side. For instance if LHO overcalls a suit, now ‘Double’ becomes an additional available bid. Also your partnership can have special meanings for cue-bidding the opponent’s suit. As another example, if LHO doubles, now ‘Redouble’ becomes an additional available bid.”
In coming weeks this column will provide Ms. Whalen’s tips for dealing with opponent’s overcall.
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 Gerry at 508-693-2889 or email@example.com by noon on Wednesday for assistance. The cost is $5 a session.