Martha’s Vineyard Bridge Club results

The number of duplicate bridge players attending the sanctioned weekly games may have fallen off but not the spirit of competition.

On Thursday, October 18 at the Island Bridge Club (IBC) game fourteen players were on hand. Gail Farrish and Patsy McCornack took first place overall with a 59.38 percent average game. David Donald and partner Rich Colter tied with Dotti Arnold and Cheryl Neal for second/third place finishing with 53.13 percent average games.

The game Tuesday, October 16 at the Martha’s Vineyard Bridge Club (MVBC) was a team rather than two-player partnership competition with eight players attending. The David Donald, Michel Riel, Dotti Arnold and Cheryl Neal team took first place overall. The second place team members were Bill Blakesley, Cecily Greenaway, Richard Williams and Robert Fokos.

The Island Bridge Club announced that during the month of November there will be no fee for the game. The financial success of this community-organized game (now in its second year) allows the managers to say,”Let’s be thankful for all the riches in our lives.”

Tip of the week

Life Master Mollie Whalen provided four tips for dealing with an opponent’s overcall. This is the third of those recommendations.

“If responder raises partner’s opening one level, the bid retains the meaning it would have had if opponents pass. Raising to the three level is preemptive and weak. Whatever bid your partnership uses for your strong raise of partner’s opening bid should remain the same.”

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 7pm 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 will again be $5 a session in December.