Win, place, and show (or first, second, and third place) finishes at duplicate bridge are often a matter of how you look at the numbers.
On Thursday (November 1) at the Island Bridge Club (IBC) game, 32 players were on hand. David Donald and Rich Colter took first place overall for the evening with an astounding 72.02 percent average. Sandy Lindheimer and partner Barbara Besse took second place overall with a 57.14 percent average game. And, Don Nelson and Lou Winkelman came in third overall with a 54.17 percent average game.
However, if you look at the numbers strictly based on the directional play, other second- and third-place finishers come into the "winners' circle."
Playing east/west, after the David Donald/Rich Colter team came in first, and Don Nelson /Lou Winkelman came in second, the team of Barbara Silk and Nancy Neil come in third place (49.70 percent average game).
Across the tables, playing north/south, after the Sandy Lindheimer/Barbara Besse team came in first, the teams of Gail Farrish/Patsy McCornack and Carol Whitmarsh/Ed Russell (55.95 percent average games) tied for second place.
On Tuesday (October 30) at the Martha's Vineyard Bridge Club (MVBC), Gail Farrish and Patsy McCornack took first place with a 63.11 percent average game. Bill Blakesley and Cecily Greenaway took second with a 58.74 percent average game and Nancy Neil and Gerry Averill placed third (56.22 percent average). Six tables were in play.
Both the Tuesday and Thursday night games are sanctioned by the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL).
For many years, bridge players have used the Blackwood method (a bid of 4NT) to ask partner how many aces partner holds when the partnership is considering bidding a slam (5 Clubs = none or all the aces, 5 Diamonds = 1 ace, 5 Hearts = 2 aces, and 5 Spades = 3 aces). There are now three modern variations of this ace-asking system.
According to Life Master Mollie Whalen, variation #1 is this method following a 4 No Trump bid, "Responder bids either 5 Clubs or 5 Diamonds to show either 3 or 0 aces OR 1 or 4 aces. The partnership agreement determines which bid (5C or 5D) shows 3 or 0 aces and which shows 1 or 4 aces. In this variation, a 5 Heart response shows two 'matched' aces (matches by color – red or black — OR by rank — minors or majors. A 5 Spades bid shows two 'unmatched aces' (either the ace of Spades and ace of Diamonds OR the ace of Hearts and ace of Clubs."
When & Where
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org by noon on Wednesday for assistance.
With the exception of November's free games the fee to play is $5.
The Edgartown Bridge Club will be held on Monday afternoons starting at 1 pm at the Edgartown Yacht Club. Come with a partner. The game will cost $6. Questions? Contact Ms. Farrish at 508-627-5476.