Martha’s Vineyard Bridge Club results

It was a winning week at the duplicate bridge tables for several of the Island’s best and strongest players.

On Thursday, October 4, at the Island Bridge Club (IBC) game, Barbara Besse and Miles Jaffe took overall winner honors with a 61.48 percent average game score. The Cabots — Dan and Nancy — took second place overall (60.74 percent average) and Gail Farrish and Charlie Harff took third place overall (59.63 percent average). Six tables were in play.

Tuesday, October 2, at the Martha’s Vineyard Bridge Club (MVBC) competition, the Cabots took first place overall with a 63.10 percent average game. Don Nelson and Lou Winkelman came in second (62.20 percent average) and David Donald and Michel Riel were in third place (58.93 percent average). Eight tables were in play.

Tip of the week

Life Master Mollie Whalen provides four tips for dealing with an opponent’s overcall. This is the first of those recommendations: “Double by responder usually means that responder had enough points to bid, had the opponent passed, and suggests that the majority of points are in the two unbid suits. If only one of the suits bid by opener and opponent is a major, the double strongly suggests four cards in the other major.”

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 posturepal@aol.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 gsaverill@gmail.com by noon on Wednesday for assistance. The cost is $5 a session.